SAN ANTONIO – The much-predicted rematch between Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada has a date.
Promoter Eddie Hearn introduced throughout DAZN’s move of the Canelo Alvarez-Callum Smith card at Alamodome that Gonzalez and Estrada will meet for the 2nd time March 13. The venue has no longer been chosen, however Hearn wants to carry their 115-pound championship bout to a web site the place fans can attend.
Gonzalez defeated Estrada by unanimous resolution in their first combat – a 12-round, 108-pound title bout in November 2012 at the L.A. activities arena in l. a.. Gonzalez later grew to become boxing’s pound-for-pound king, but Estrada additionally has on the grounds that centered himself as probably the most most desirable combatants in the game.
Mexico’s Estrada, 30, and Nicaragua’s Gonzalez, 33, secured their location of their anticipated rematch October 23, after they received fights on the equal card at television Azteca’s Studios in Mexico metropolis.
Estrada (41-three, 28 KOs) retained his WBC super flyweight title through stopping another rival, countryman Carlos Cuadras, in the eleventh round of their rematch. Cuadras scored a knockdown during the third round, but Estrada recovered, took handle of their bout and dropped Cuadras twice during the 11th circular earlier than it become stopped.
Estrada edged Cuadras by using one point on all three scorecards of their first battle, however their 2d encounter, whereas entertaining, wasn’t as competitive as that September 2017 fight at Dignity fitness sports Park in Carson, California.
“here’s going to be a different combat,” talked about Hearn. “It’s been a very long time coming however each men are in their major now, with Juan Francisco serving up a dramatic stoppage win in his battle of the 12 months contender with Cuadras and Chocolatito rolling returned the years together with his scientific KO win over Yafai and searching razor sharp in opposition t Gonzalez.
“Estrada is the number one in the division however Chocolatito will be seeking to repeat his win – the winner will take a enormous step to becoming undisputed and that i hope that we’re in a position to have fans in attendance after we chose the venue to host this ought to-see combat.
Estrada additionally grew to be the primary opponent to stop the 32-12 months-ancient Cuadras interior the space. Cuadras (39-four-1, 27 KOs) had lost handiest a pair of 12-circular unanimous decisions to Estrada and Gonzalez and a 10-round majority decision to McWilliams Arroyo before Estrada defeated him via technical knockout.
Gonzalez (50-2, forty one KOs) efficaciously defended his WBA “super” one hundred fifteen-pound crown on the Estrada-Cuadras undercard. The four-division champion out-pointed Mexico’s Israel Gonzalez (25-four, 11 KOs) via unanimous resolution in that bout (118-a hundred and ten, 117-111, 116-112).
“Estrada vs. Chocolatito is an all-action rematch a long time within the making,” talked about Joseph Markowski, DAZN EVP. “After closing 2020 robust on DAZN, we will’t stay up for subscribers to benefit from the superb agenda we’re building for early 2021 as neatly.”
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.