By Steve Kim
The third edition of the 'SuperFly' series took place on Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, California. and it didn't have quite the star power of the previous chapters or interest from the public.
Former world champion Juan Francisco Estrada defeated Felipe Orucuta over 12 rounds in the night's main event, while three division beltholder Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte fought to a dubious draw for the vacant WBO 115-pound title and Kazuto Ioka made a successful return, in what was his American debut, by defeating McWillliams Arroyo via 10-round decision.
So what's next?
Tom Loeffler, the head of 360 Promotions, told the ringside press - "With Estrada winning the (WBC) mandatory, with Estrada and Srisaket (Sor Rungvisai). We'll have to see what 'Chocolatito' (Roman Gonzalez) does next week... he was really the pioneer of 'the SuperFly' series. Ioka, I think can fight anyone with the way he fought against Arroya. I think he's right there at the top of the division at 115-pounds.
"But the good thing about these 'SuperFly' fighters, there's so many great combinations you can mix-and-match, even Arroyo, even though he lost to Ioka he would be a great match for somebody else."
So when will 'SuperFly IV' will take place?
Loeffler spoke with HBO, who were pleased with Saturday's card, and there is already a plan on when the next edition of the series lands.
"I spoke with Peter Nelson (the head of HBO Sports), we're looking at the spring of next year, February, March of next year. He's committed to this series, he loved every fight," Loeffler said.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com