Rungvisai Knocks Out Chocolatito in Devastating Fashion on SuperFly Card
Published: September 10, 2017
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – In front of a sold-out crowd at the famed Stub Hub Center in Carson, California the highly anticipated “SuperFly” card featuring the best super flyweights (115) in the world lived up to the hype. In the main event, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 39 KOs) silenced any doubters by dominating and knocking out Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs) in the fourth round with a devastating right hook to retain his WBC championship. From the start, Rungvisai landed the harder punches to the body and the head. The amount of wars and physical bouts looked to have taken their toll on Gonzalez as he looked out of the fight from the beginning.
The knockout scored by Rungvisai was one of the best of the year and put an end to the controversy of their first meeting back in March. With Estrada and Inoue waiting on the sidelines the anticipation to watch the Thai fighter will be even greater from this point forward. At the beginning of 2017, not many knew who Rungvisai was, but now he has a case for fighter of the year.
This may be the end of the road for Gonzalez, as he looked shot against Rungvisai. It is doubtful that we see the same Gonzalez in the ring again.
Making his United States debut Japan’s Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12 KOs) successfully defended his WBO championship against the overmatched Antonio Nieves (17-2-2, 9 KOs). Inoue was impressive in his debut highlighting a magnificent jab and a vicious body attack that forced Nieves’ corner to stop the fight after six rounds. With the victory in his stateside debut, the hope is to see the Japanese phenom in with the other top super flyweights in the near future.
To start off the night in a pseudo elimination bout to meet the Gonzalez-Rungvisai winner two of Mexico’s best faced off in Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25 KOs) and Carlos Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KOs). In a tale of two-halves Estrada won a close unanimous decision with scores of 114-113 from all three judges. Announcer Michael Buffer had a Steve Harvey moment as he first announced Cuadras as the winner of the bout.
The fight started off well for Cuadras who gave Estrada different angles with his movement while out throwing and out landing him. However, through each round, Estrada was landing his share of punches with the left hook on the inside being the most prominent. By the sixth round, the momentum of the bout had shifted as Estrada begin landing more efficient left hooks and uppercuts.
In the tenth round, Estrada put down Cuadras with a combination that ended with a right hand. Cuadras fought back well in the last two rounds but ultimately Estrada’s greater technique and poise along with the knockdown won him the fight in the eyes of the judges. A rematch between the two Mexicans would be welcomed as the match was exciting and entertaining enough but Estrada may be looking to get a shot at Rungvisai first.
(Feature Photo: HBO Sports)