Sor Rungvisai retains WBC title over “Gallo” Estrada in a War at the Forum
February 25, 2018 Share

Sor Rungvisai retains WBC title over “Gallo” Estrada in a War at the Forum

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

INGLEWOOD, CALIF. — All eyes of the boxing world were on latest edition of HBO Boxing this past Saturday, as the newly formed 360 Boxing Promotions, in association with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions, brought Superfly 2 to an electric “Fabulous” Forum.

Last September, fight fans witnessed the best 115 pound fighters go toe-to-toe at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California. Due to the overwhelming success of the initial Superfly event, it wasn’t a hard decision to once again showcase some of the top talent at the lower weight classes Saturday night in front of an electric crowd of 7,827. Mexican fight fans waived flags and Mariachi music blared as boxing fans in attendance and watching on HBO witnessed a great night of boxing headlined by the WBC superflyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, (44-4-1, 39 KO’s), of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, defending his title against former world champion and number one ranked mandatory challenger Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada, (36-3, 25 KO’s), of Sonora, Mexico.

The Forum rocked as both fighters came out ready to give their respective Thai and Mexican fans a war. As the opening bell rang, the chants of  “Gallo, Gallo” roared through the building as both fighters used the first round to feel each other out. Then all hell broke loose as Sor Rungvisai and Estrada began to battle it out toe-to-toe in the center of the ring. Early on, Estrada bounced in and out, popping quick combinations and landing counters as Sor Rungvisai methodically began closing the gap and landing very hard shots on Estrada. By the middle rounds, Estrada had strayed from trying to box Sor Rungvisai and turned the fight into the war fight fans knew was coming.

Both fighters threw caution to the wind and battled it out in the center, as the fight began to play into the hands of the faster Estrada. Sor Rungvisai, however, began to hurt Estrada with heavy blows, forcing Estrada to try and box again. Eventually Sor Rungvisai would cut off the ring and pull the bout back into his favor. Going into the 12th and final round, Estrada let it all hangout as round 12 could have possibly been a potential round of the year. Estrada rocked Sor Rungvisai early in the round, but the game Sor Rungvisai stayed in the pocket as both fighters threw each and every last punch with bad intentions. When the final bell rang, both fighters lifted their hands in victory as they waited for the judges, who returned with the scores of 114-114, 117-111, 115-113, giving the world champion Sor Rungvisai the majority decision victory.

According to Compubox stats, Sor Rungvisai connected on 194 of 879 punches with 186 of those being power punches. Estrada connected on 189 of 671 punches with 147 of them were power shots. After the bout, Sor Rungvisai stated:

“It was a very good fight. Estrada hits hard and I like his style, but I thought I won the fight. I will give Estrada a rematch if that’s what he wants.”

After the tough loss Estrada stated the following: “I out-boxed him all night, attacked him the last three rounds. I want the rematch.”

In the co-main event, the always entertaining former WBC super flyweight world champion, Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (36-3-1, 27 KO’s), of Mexico City, battled the hard hitting, two-time world title challenger McWilliams Arroyo, (17-3, 14 KO’s), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, in a titillating ten round bout. From the opening bell, it was apparent that Arroyo was going to give Cuadras all he could handle. Arroyo quickly turned the 10 round matchup into a phone booth style fight, pressuring Cuadras and showing no ill effects of his two year layoff. Cuadras adjusted in the second round and soon the crowd at the Forum new they were about to witness a war.

Throughout the bout Arroyo seemed to stay one step ahead of his opponent and after 10 complete rounds two judges Tony Crebs and Pat Russell  scored the fight for Arroyo and the third judge, Fernando Villarreal, scored the fight even, giving Arroyo the majority decision victory. Compubox had Arroyo landing 140 of 713 (20%) of his total punches, and 107 of 414 (26%) of his power shots. Cuadras landed 127 of 776 (16%) total, and 87 of 458 (19%) power punches. After the fight Arroyo stated:

“I’m very happy with my performance. People underestimated me because I’ve been off for two years, but I’ve been in the gym the entire time training. When the opportunity presented itself, I was ready for Cuadras and knew I’d be victorious. I’m ready for the winner of the main event and to prove I’m the best fighter in the division.”

To open up the television portion of the triple header on HBO “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” and four time, three division world champion Donnie Nietes, (41-1-4, 23 KO’s) made the first defense of his IBF Flyweight World Title against the former three-time world champion Juan Carlos Reveco, (39-4-0, 19 KO’s) from Las Heras, Argentina. Reveco who was making his US and HBO debut. Nietes boxed beautifully landing a stiff jab and precise combinations early and often as he made the best of his opportunity to showcase his skills in front of a worldwide audience. By the fourth round Nietes had physically broke Reveco down as Reveco seemed very slow and sluggish. Then at the end of the 6th round Nietes caught Reveco with a huge right to the head that sent Reveco stumbling into the corner at the bell. Reveco continuing to take punishment in the 7th when Nietes landed a wicked combination flooring Reveco. Reveco was able to beat the count, but his corner jumped on the mat and waived the towel, prompting referee Eddie Hernandez to stop the bout at 53 second mark of the round. After the fight Nietes stated”I’m very proud to defend my title in front of all the great Filipino fans here Los Angeles. I want the biggest fights either at this weight or to move up.” Nietes went on to say “There has been talk of me fighting ‘Chocolatito’ next, that’s a fight I want. I’d also like to fight the winner of ‘Sor Rungvisai/Estrada.”

Also on the card was four time, two division world champion and the WBA #2 ranked contender Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria, (38-5, 22 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA via Waipahu, Hawaii as he battled the undefeated and WBA #1 ranked contender Artem Dalakian, (15-0, 11 KO’s), of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine for the vacant WBA Flyweight World Title. Coming into the fight there was no question Viloria was definitely the more experienced fighter, but the the younger stronger Dalakian wasted no time in applying pressure and taking the fight to Viloria. Dalakian looked

very raw and undisciplined as throughout the early rounds many of his wild punches were countered by Viloria as he used his ring generalship and overall boxing ability to keep this entertaining fight close. The middle rounds continued to bring fans lots of back and forth action as an Dalakian continued to land several hard shots from very awkward angles. In the 11th round Viloria was caught with a big elbow that opened up a very ugly cut on the top of his forehead, referee Lou Moret stopped the action and ruled it an accidental headbutt. With blood flowing into his eyes in the final round Viloria finished strong but after 12 solid round of action all three judges scored the fight 118-109 in favor of the still undefeated Artem Dalakian. After the fight Dalakian stated “I’m very proud to be the newest champion from Ukraine, I knew I was hurting him the whole fight. I want to unify with any of the other world champions. I loved fighting in the United States and I can’t want to comeback  and fight in Los Angeles.”

Also on the card

Lightweights – Pedro Duran (16-0-3, 13 KO’s) vs Enrique Tinoco (16-5-4, 12 KO’s) Result; fight end in a majority draw.

Flyweights – Louisa Hawton (7-1, 3 KO’s) vs Anahi Torres (17-17-1, 12 KO’s) Result; Anahi Torres wins by unanimous decision and captures the WBC International Flyweight Title.

Featherweights  – Mario Ramos (3-0, 3 KO’s) vs Oscar Eduardo Quezada (7-5, 4 KO’s) Result; Mario Ramos wins by first round knockout and moves to (4-0, 4 KO’s)