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Promoter Eddie Hearn glad the game’s hardcore fan base with a dream rematch finalized between lineal junior bantamweight champion and WBC titlist Juan Francisco Estrada and WBA a hundred and fifteen-pound title claimant Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez. The bout—which comes more than eight years after their November 2012 conflict —will take location March 13, 2021 at a region to be determined but with the complete help of the WBC.
“The WBC is happy to confirm that the unification battle within the tremendous flyweight division between WBC champion Juan Francisco Estrada and WBA champion Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez has been tested,” the sanctioning physique announced on Tuesday. “This enormously expected rematch is made viable due to the exemplary acceptance and sportsmanship of mandatory contender Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who has agreed to briefly step aside to enable this amazing combat to take place.”
Sor Rungvisai (forty nine-5-1, 42KOs) is the former lineal champion, having prior to now held the WBC title following a March 2017 win over then-unbeaten Gonzalez. Their September 2017 rematch became much more emphatic, with the hard-hitting southpaw from Si Sa Ket, Thailand flattening the previous pound-for-pound king internal of four rounds. The feat become adopted up via a thrilling 12-circular win over Estrada in February 2018, as a result setting up lineal championship reputation within the division.
Mexico’s Estrada (forty one-three, 28KOs) claimed the WBC belt and the world championship in a revenge-fueled win over Estrada remaining April in Carson, California. Sor Rungvisai has hovered around the division’s correct spot, marking time with a 10-circular win over countryman Amnat Ruenroeng in August and a 2nd circular stoppage of overmatched Filipino journeyman Jomar Fajardo. The latter win induced the now 34-year ancient to call for a rubber match with Estrada, even though considering the fact that permitting the unification bout to first take place with the reassurance of subsequent facing the winner.
“Rungvisai will retain his necessary fame and #1 ranked place at WBC tremendous flyweight, and may get to battle for the WBC Title next by way of August/September 2021 in opposition t the winner of Juan Francisco Estrada vs Roman Gonzalez,” proven the WBC. “If the Estrada vs Gonzalez fight ends in a draw or No Contest, Rungvisai will get to combat the WBC World Champion for the area title subsequent, on the identical timeline.”
Nicaragua’s Gonzalez (50-2, 41KOs) re-entered the title photo following a ninth circular stoppage of unbeaten Kal Yafai this previous February in Frisco, Texas. One defense has followed, a 12-circular unanimous determination over obligatory challenger Israel Gonzalez this previous October. The equal reveal noticed Estrada climb off the canvas to drop and forestall former champ Carlos Cuadras in the 11th circular of their fast traditional.
Gonzalez and Estrada first met in November 2012, taking place at junior flyweight.
Their spirited 12-round affair noticed Gonzalez claim a neatly-earned unanimous resolution in his toughest look at various to that factor, also marking the remaining protection of his junior flyweight after having in the past held a belt at strawweight. From there got here championship wins at flyweight and junior bantamweight to develop into the simplest fighter ever from Nicaragua to win titles in 4 weight divisions.
Estrada gained his first two belts in his subsequent fight after the loss to Gonzalez, outpointing Brian Viloria to go away their April 2013 bout with two flyweight titles in tow. five successful defenses followed before relocating up to junior bantamweight in 2016, successful a 2d divisional title three years later in his aforementioned rematch with Sor Rungvisai. The bout with Gonzalez will mark his third tried lineal championship protection; Gonzalez makes an attempt the 2nd defense of his WBA belt while coming into his 20th career title combat.
The rematch comes about due to the efforts of all events involved.
“We take into account the frustrations of boxing fans when it involves necessary challengers,” Mauricio Sulaiman, president of WBC informed BoxingScene.com. “we now have also strived to present the premier fights possible and do our optimum to stay flexible when it comes to mandatory [title defenses] standing in the way of the fights that the sport in reality wants and deserves.”
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox