JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA put himself firmly in the pound-for-pound reckoning by overcoming Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on a close unanimous decision at the Forum in Inglewood, California on Friday night (April 26).
The super-flyweight rivals had first faced off in February last year, when two-time champ Srisaket came out on top via majority verdict in an entertaining clash to retain his WBC title. The coveted green belt is now Estrada’s, however, after the three judges all voted in his favour in the rematch (116-112 and 115-113 twice).
Once again, the bout did not disappoint. Frequent eye-catching exchanges were on show, as the two top-class little men went hell for leather. In the end, it was an unsuccessful tactical tweak from Srisaket that ultimately decided the fight. Instead of boxing out of his usual southpaw stance, the Thai chose to operate predominantly as an orthodox fighter during the contest. After his initial surprise at Srisaket’s approach, Estrada got to grips with his opponent’s style and boxed effectively from range, often getting his punches off quicker.