By Steve Kim
The second edition of 'SuperFly' takes place this Saturday night from the Forum in Inglewood, California, where Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defends his WBC 115-pound title against Juan Francisco Estrada in the nights main event on HBO.
Back in September at the StubHub Center, Sor Rungvisai knocked out Roman Gonzalez out in four rounds in their anticipated rematch.
On that card, Estrada edged out Carlos Caudras (who faces McWilliams Arroyo on 'SuperFly 2') in what was an entertaining affair.
This series was designed to showcase the talented super flyweight class and more specifically at the time to highlight 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez.
"I think with the fan reaction from the first 'SuperFly' show and now the second show, this is a show that everyone is talking about - this show and the 'Triple G-Canelo' (Gennady Golovkin-Saul Alvarez rematch on May 5th) are the ones people are talking about," said promoter, Tom Loeffer, who came up with this concept.
"I think fans just appreciate the concept with fighters who are willing to fight each other, the best fighters in the division and it translates to the media and fan support," continued Loeffler, who had to make a bit of an adjustment with Naoya Inoue moving up in weight. On this card IBF flyweight titlist, Donnie Nietes, faces Juan Carlos Reveco as the HBO opener.
Chances are we will see 'SuperFly 3' in the fall.
"Well, the great thing about these match-ups is that you can mix-and-match different match-ups and frankly, the top four fights on the show are world title fights plus Cuadras-Arroyo," said Loeffler, who has placed the bout between Brian Viloria and Artem Dalakian for the vacant WBA flyweight title on the non-televised portion of the show.
"We can have at least two 'fight of the year' candidates come out of those match-ups. So we have to give credit to HBO for shining the spotlight on 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez. 'Chocolatito opened the doors and these guys really appreciate the spotlight and every time they have the opportunity to be on HBO and I think they understand the extra pressure for them to perform.
"These smaller weight divisions put on a much more exciting fight than some of the bigger divisions."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.