Juan Francisco Estrada defeats Srisaket Sor Rungvisai at The Forum
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: April 27, 2019
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – At the famous Forum in Inglewood, California, Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada (39-3, 26 KOs) put on one of the best performances of his career by defeating Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41 KOs) in a rematch of their 2018 classic.
Heading into the bout, Rungvisai-Estrada 2 was considered the proverbial 50-50 contest with both fighters having the ability to make the proper adjustments to come away with their hands raised in victory.
From the ringing of the first bell, it was clear that this fight would not mirror their first encounter. The 29-year old Estrada started fast putting punches together in combination while using just enough lateral movement to be just out of harm's way of Rungvisai’s power punches.
For some reason, Rungvisai fought a majority of the match in the orthodox stance instead of in his usual southpaw stance leaving him out of range and position through most exchanges. Estrada’s ability to counter Rungvisai anytime he left any openings made the Thai fighter somewhat tentative in the first half of the bout.
It wasn’t until the final three rounds that Rungvisai began to fight more prominently in the southpaw stance with more significant results. The 32-year old Thai was able to land some hard right hooks and left hands in exchanges with Estrada who began to move less and less as the rounds passed.
Through the first nine rounds, most of them were scored for Estrada with only one or two that could have gone to Rungvisai.
The championship rounds resembled more of their first encounter in 2018 with both men landing hard power punches in exchanges.
Rungvisai at specific points seemed to get the better of Estrada, but he was never able to knock him down or seriously hurt the Mexican.
After twelve rounds it was clear that Rungvisai had not closed enough of the gap in the championship rounds to retain his titles.
Estrada was awarded the unanimous decision victory with all three judges scoring the bout in his favor. The scores were 115-113 twice and 116-112.
Estrada now holds the WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight titles.
The way the fight went one would have thought that Rungvisai threw fewer punches in the rematch than in the first fight with Estrada. However, Rungvisai was able to land 230 out of 971 total punches compared to the 194 landed punches in the first match with Estrada.
The man known as “El Gallo” picked up his volume from the first bout landing 289 out of 1019 total punches at a 28 percent connect rate. Estrada also out-landed Rungvisai in power punches landing 231 out of 744 at a 31 percent connect rate.
A third fight between Rungvisai and Estrada would be the logical direction to head into for both fighters.
While the rematch wasn’t as close as the first match between the two, Rungvisai deserves a rematch after two exciting bouts.
Estrada may want to face some of the champions at Super Flyweight instead of going into an immediate rematch with Rungvisai.
Fights with IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas or against WBA Super Flyweight champion Khalid Yafai would be welcomed opponents for Estrada.
While Estrada will likely continue to be underrated due to his size and weight class he fights in, he put in a performance that any fighter on the pound-for-pound list would be proud to have made.
If fans and pundits were unaware, they should now know that Estrada is one of the best fighters in the world.
(Featured Photo: Matchroom Boxing)