DAZN Brings a Sizzling Spring Fight Card to Los Angeles
March 25, 2019
Anthony Saldana (95 articles)
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DAZN Brings a Sizzling Spring Fight Card to Los Angeles

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Friday April 26th the eyes of the boxing world will be on the “The Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California as DAZN brings boxing fans a highly anticipated action packed night of fights headlined by a rematch between one of boxing’s pound-for-pound best and WBC Super flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41 KO’s), who will make his mandatory defense against Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada (38-3, 26 KO’s). Last February Sor Rungvisai defeated the former WBA,WBO flyweight champion Estrada by a 12 round majority decision, in a bout that many had as a candidate for the 2018 “Fight of the Year”. Now Estrada will look to revenge that loss. Recently Estrada’s trainer Alfredo Caballero stated to ESPN Deportes “The first adjustment (for the rematch with Rungvisai) is to avoid injuries. Many people do not know, for the first fight Juan Francisco managed to train like three weeks, there were three serious injuries, in the spine, in the knee and another in the neck that took him to the hospital for a week and when he came out there was nothing more because there were three weeks to go for the fight. Caballero went on to say “We are working hard in Los Mochis, it is the third time we have come here, it is a land of champions, there are many fighters, many gyms and we are preparing very well”. Sor Rungvisai who has not lost since May of 2014 when he lost a technical decision to then WBC titleholder Carlos Cuadras has now pulled off  20 straight victories and is confident he’ll be victorious.“I am extremely excited and honored to be back fighting in the U.S. again,” said Rungvisai. “Estrada is a great fighter, and we had an amazing fight last year. Our round 12 was awarded ‘Round of the Year’ by the WBC. That is evident as to how entertaining the previous fight was. I believe that this fight on April 26th will be even more entertaining. I am training extremely hard in Thailand. I am confident I will be the winner.”

In the Co-main event local fan favorite and WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Daniel “The Baby Face Assassin” Roman (26-2-1, 10 KO’s) will go toe to toe with the IBF World Champion TJ Doheny (21-0, 15 KO’s). Roman who was definitely one of the standout fighters of 2018, won a big unanimous decision in the first defense of his WBA crown in Japan over Ryo Matsumoto last February. He followed that up with another unanimous decision victory over Moises Flores last summer in Frisco, Texas and finished his busy year by stopping Gavin McDonnell in the tenth round of their fight which was on the first American DAZN card last October. “It feels pretty damn good to be fighting in front of my hometown fans. My last five fights have been away from home, but I don’t feel any added pressure in this homecoming of sorts. I know I have a job to do. Nothing is easy at this point. It’s going to be a heck of a fight. Two World Champions fighting for control of the division. What more could you want?” Stated Roman who went on to say “This is the biggest and most important fight of my career. I haven’t been shy about wanting to unifying the division. This is the fight that I’ve been asking for since I became a World Champion. I need to deliver on my goal of becoming the best and a win against another World Champion puts me in that conversation. It will be a new experience for me because I’m not fighting a challenger, I’m fighting another belt holder. It’s exciting in a lot of ways. I’ll be at my best because I’m planning to add another title on April 26th.” 

Doheny who became the IBF Champion last August with a big win over Ryosuke Iwasa went on to sign a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing in January. He swiftly made the first defense of his title in New York against Ryohei Takahashi, stopping the Japanese in the 11th round at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden with Roman watching in the crowd, recently stated “We met in the ring after the fight in New York, and there was a lot of respect for each other. That’s the way it should be. We’re two World class fighters, two World Champions in the division. A fight like this doesn’t need any false hype, I think that when you’ve got two World class fighters like this that’s enough of a selling point for a high-calibre fight like this. Danny’s a great fighter, he adds a lot of pressure, he’s a great puncher, great punch selection, he’s got it all really. It’s going to be a great fight between us, and I won’t be surprised if the fans get to see a bit of a war. Fighting Danny in his home city, that doesn’t bother me. I’ve been fighting on the road my whole career, so it will be no different to me. It’s me and him in the ring, and it’s going to be all action.”

Also on the card and now training under the tutelage of International Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, former two division World Champion Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KO’s) of Las Vegas, Nevada will move up in weight and take on the savvy Mexican veteran Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (69-9-2, 37 KO’s) who is on a four fight win streak and looked like the Soto of old in his victory over Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in February. “The odds were against me in my last fight against Brandon Rios, and I know that this fight will not be any different,” Soto said. “This gives me extra motivation to prove everyone wrong again and to add a third loss to Vargas’ record. I am extremely happy for this new chapter in my career and I am not going to waste this great opportunity. Like I said before, this is a do-or-die fight.” Vargas who is coming off two straight draws against Thomas Dulorme in October and Adrien Broner last April will take the fight against Soto at catch weight of 151 as he transitions to Super Welterweight with the hopes of fighting the WBO champion Jaime Munguia at the end of the year.“I’m excited for my return to the ring on April 26,” said Vargas. “Humberto Soto is the opponent and I’m preparing accordingly with my coaches to give my fans an entertaining fight as always. Soto is an experienced World class fighter who challenged me immediately after his win over Brandon Rios. The challenge has been accepted and on April 26, I plan to come out victorious.”

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