Estrada Edges Chocolatito in Rematch
(Photos from Zanfer Promotions)
Mexico's Juan Francisco Estrada (42-3 28 KOs) and Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez (50-3 41 KOs) of Nicaragua met in a rematch Saturday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The two squared off in November of 2012 as Chocolatito would win a unanimous decision. The two started off where they left off, as they fought to a back and forth battle in what was a classic.
From the opening bell Estrada and Gonzalez let their hands go and put in a hard nights work. In what was definitely a early candidate for fight of the year. The Mexican, Estrada countered but displayed aggression mixing it up. Chocolatito applied the smart pressure throughout the fight. In the championship rounds, Estrada and Chocolatito left it all in the ring as neither took a step back or stopped their momentum finishing strong.
In the end the judges scored the bout 115-113 and 117-111 for Estrada and 115-113 for Chocolatito. "El Gallo" Estrada unifies the WBC and WBA super flyweight titles as he now set the stage for potential trilogies against Chocolatito or his other arch rival, Sor Rungvisai.
Undisputed welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill (10-2, 3 KO's) of Chicago and former champion, Norway's Cecilia Brækhus (36-1 9 KOs) had their rematch. McCaskill handed Breakhus her first defeat last summer, McCaskill this time won a convincing ten round unanimous decision as she proved that the first time was no fluke. McCaskill was aggressive throughout the fight applying the pressure and landing with solid power shots in route to a convincing unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 100-89, 99-90, 98-91.
McCaskill retains her undisputed welterweight titles as she hopes to fight either super lightweight champion Katie Taylor or undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields.
WBA and Ring Magazine World Light-Flyweight Japans Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0 9 KOs) scored a TKO after Axel Vega (14-3-1 8 KOs) injured his right hand. It was competitive while it lasted, Vega gave Kyoguchi everything he can handle. In the fifth round, Vega connected with a right hand on top of Kyoguchi's head, Vega suddenly turned as he could not continued due to injury as the referee stopped it at 1:32 of the fifth. Kyoguchi successfully defends his WBA title.
Austin 'Ammo' Williams (8-0 6 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Denis Douglin (22-8, 14 KOs). A straight left by Williams in the second knocked Douglin's mouthpiece out. Douglin had his moments staggering Williams momentarily. The fight continued back and forth as they went the distance in an entertaining battle. In the end the judges scored the bout 79-73, 79-73, and 77-75.
Raymond Ford (8-0 4 KOs) and Aaron ‘Angel Baby’ Perez (10-0 6 KOs) went the distance eight rounds in fighting to a draw. It was a back and forth scrap. It wasn't the best of performance as Ford had a difficult time keeping the relentless Perez who kept coming at Ford throughout the fight. Scores were 77-75 Ford, 78-74 Perez, and 76-76.
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