By Miguel Rivera
Once his handlers are able to rule out a serious injury to his right hand, former world champion Juan Francisco 'Gallo' Estrada (34-2, 24KOs) will be positioned to return to action on a date in December.
After a layoff that lasted over a year, Estrada finally returned to the ring this past Saturday night in Mexico.
He made his super flyweight debut and won a decision victory over Philippine contender Raymond Tabugon. Estrada has been inactive due to a serious injury to his right hand. After his recent victory, he admitted that he hurt his right hand during the contest and only used his left to win.
Estrada, after vacating his WBA/WBO world titles at 112, wants a quick taste of gold at 115-pounds.
Should his plan for another quick fight in December fall through, he wants to secure a title fight by the end of January or in February - and his handlers have their eyes firmly set on WBA world champion Luis 'Nica' Concepcion (35-4, 24KOs). That fight completely depends on Concepcion being able to overcome undefeated challenger Kal Yafai in November.
Juan Hernandez, director of Latin Sports - who co-promote Estrada with Zanfer Promotions - believe a fight with Concepcion will be easier to get than Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez or Carlos Cuadras.
"We know what boxing is. The agendas of fighters are always changing, and if if something complicates the return in December, there is another option that we like," Hernandez said to ESPN Deportes. "If Nica Concepcion wins in November, maybe we can make a championship fight with him in Hermosillo - if he is interested."
Regarding Estrada's hand, Hernandez says the injury is unrelated to the issue that kept his fighter on the shelf since last September.
"We believe that it will not complicate things. It swelled a bit but it is not serious, it is unrelated to the previous injury. He will get therapy this week to heal it. Then Estrada will rest for the remainder of this week to see how his hand feels, and then we'll will wait to see if we're going to fight in December or not," Hernandez said.