Winter Looks to Heat up as Superfly 2 Hits Los Angeles
February 19, 2018
Anthony Saldana (79 articles)
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Winter Looks to Heat up as Superfly 2 Hits Los Angeles

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

All eyes will be on Inglewood, California this Saturday as 360 Boxing Promotions in association with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions brings Superfly 2 to the “Fabulous” Forum.  Last September fight fans witnessed the best 115 LB fighters go toe to toe at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California. Due to the overwhelming success of the Superfly, it wasn’t a hard decision to once again showcase some of the top talent at the lower weight classes. Recently Mauricio Sulaiman President of WBC stated, “Superfly 2” must be celebrated as it will bring excitement to boxing fans and it marks the return of real boxing promotion as this concept has found great interest around the world. It is great to see that the smaller weight divisions receive this type of opportunities to shine on the biggest stage of the world for boxing. The WBC fully supports “Superfly 2” and looks forward to this spectacular night of boxing.”

Headlining “Superfly 2” will be the WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, as he defends his title for the second time against former world champion and #1 ranked mandatory challenger Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada, (36-2, 25 KO’s), of Sonora, Mexico. Sor Rungvisai who is coming off back to back impressive wins over the former consensus #1 pound for pound fighter in the world Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will look to cement his name amongst the best boxers in the world with a victory over Estrada, who is on a ten fight win streak and last lost in 2012 to Roman Gonzalez.

“The super flyweight division is the deepest division in the world at the moment. I have great respect to Tom Loeffler and HBO for making “Superfly” so successful, and “Superfly 2” will continue to deliver. We have so many great fighters in the super flyweight division, and it is exciting for me because there are many world class opponents that can make terrific fights.” Stated Sor Rungvisai. “Juan Francisco Estrada is definitely among the top-class fighters in our division. When someone is a former unified champion that moved up without losing his titles, you know he is a world class fighter in his prime. However, I am confident that I will be successful in this fight because I will be at my best on fight night again. We will give the fans an incredible fight and I plan on another impressive win.”  Estrada however has other plans “As soon as I was offered the fight I accepted, it’s a great opportunity to become a world champion again and to honor Mexico” stated Estrada. “I know how good Sor Rungvisai is from his last two fights with Roman Gonzalez, he’s very strong but I have the skills to defeat him. The whole country of Mexico and boxing fans all over the world will be watching Superfly 2 and I look forward to putting on a spectacular performance for them.”

Estrada is coming off a razor close decision to Carlos Cuadras last September winning by one point (114-113) on all three judges cards and will definitely be in against the stronger more confident Champion Saturday night. With that being said if Estrada’s chin can hold up to the power of Sor Rungvisai, boxing fans may just witness a Fight of the Year Candidate. My prediction, Sor Rungvisai by split decision. 

In the co-main event the always entertaining former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion, Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s), of Mexico City, Mexico will battle the hard hitting, two-time world title challenger McWilliams Arroyo, (16-3, 14 KO’s), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Cuadras who is coming off a tough loss to Juan “El Gallo” Estrada will be looking for an impressive victory with the hopes of battling for a title in late 2018. “This is exactly what I want, to fight the best fighters in the division on the biggest stages.” stated Cuadras. “ I love fighting in Los Angeles and for this fight I’m training in Big Bear Lake, California with Abel Sanchez. Many times you think you just have to train more and more, and that’s enough for you, but now it’s not like that. With Abel I’ve learned new things like how to throw more accurate punches. Also, I have worked on my strength in order to produce more power. With these changes I am sure that we have advanced by more than 200%. If I win this fight I’ll be one step closer to getting my title back. I can’t be stopped in 2018 and will be a world champion once again.” Arroyo on the other hand will be back in the ring for the first time in nearly two years. In April of 2016 Arroyo fought and lost a tough decision to Roman Gonzalez and now will look to get back to his winning ways with a victory over Cuadras. “My fight with “Chocolatito” was a great experience,” said Arroyo. “I loved fighting at the Forum with its loud and passionate fans and history of great fights particularly in the lower weight classes. I can’t wait to get to Los Angeles to face Cuadras.”

Cuadras who is coming off two very tough losses in his last three fights should easily out box Arroyo who hasn’t fought in nearly two years. Cuadras is hungry and determined to be fighting for a title by the end of the year. My prediction Cuadras by late rounds TKO.

Opening up the televised triple header on HBO will be the Fighting Pride of the Philippines and four time three division world champion Donnie Nietes, (40-1-4, 22 KO’s) as he makes the first defense of his IBF Flyweight World Title against the three-time former world champion Juan Carlos Reveco, (39-3-0, 19 KO’s) from Las Heras, Argentina. Nietes who last lost in 2004 won the vacant IBF Flyweight World Title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Komgrich Nantapech on April 29, 2017, in Cebu City, Philippines. Prior to that, Nietes won the WBO Junior Flyweight World Title against Juan Alejo on October 17, 2015 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California and followed that up by defeating Edgar Sosa on September 24, 2016, winning both bouts by dominant unanimous decision. Nietes who is training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles recently stated  “I am very happy and  proud to be training here at the Wild Card Boxing Gym. I feel very welcomed here and everyone has been nice to me. The opportunity to work and spar with Brian Viloria has been very important and will get me ready for my fight on February 24th. To be part of such a terrific boxing card is great for me and my career. The exposure I will get on HBO on this card will take my career to another level. I am looking forward to fighting in the Forum, a historic boxing venue and I will try to give everyone the best fight possible. I expect a very tough fight, Reveco is a two-time world champion and is coming for my belt. I have to be at my best to beat him and I will be.”

Nietes is as good as any fighter in the flyweight division and will be going up against an unknown opponent in Reveco. At 35 and 34 years old respectively neither fighter will have an age advantage. I do believe however Nietes will look to make the most of this opportunity on HBO. My prediction Nietes by knockout.

Also on the card is Four time, two division world champion and #2 ranked contender Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria, (38-5, 22 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA via Waipahu, Hawaii as he challenges the undefeated and #1 ranked Artem Dalakian, (15-0, 11 KO’s), of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine for the vacant WBA Flyweight World Title taking place prior to the HBO Boxing Triple Header at Superfly 2. “I’ve worked very hard to earn this shot for a fifth world title and I’m not going to let it slip away,” said Viloria. “I won my first world title in Los Angeles and I couldn’t be more excited to be back home to fight for the WBA Flyweight World Championship in front of my friends, family and supportive fans.” Dalakian who will be making his US debut will be looking to play spoiler Saturday night “Brian Viloria is a good boxer and was a champion, but his time is up. I’m going to the United States to become a world champion and to prove to everyone that I’m the best.”

Although Viloria has been in with some of the very best in boxing, at 37 Father Time is undefeated and Saturday night may just be the end of the road for Viloria as he battles a hungry Eastern European with the aspirations of becoming a world champion, while making a splash in US debut. My prediction Dalakian by TKO

Tickets for SUPERFLY 2, priced at $250, $150, $100, $60 and $30 are now on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000)

and the Forum Box Office. The Forum is located at 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. on the night of the event.

SUPERFLY 2 is presented by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions in association with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs. Arroyo is presented in association with Promociones del Pueblo and PR Best Boxing. Nietes vs. Reveco is presented in association with ALA Promotions. Viloria vs. Dalakian is presented in

association with Teiken Promotions.

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