On a night were the boxing world was saddened by the news of the passing of the legendary figure of Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Cocolalito’ Gonzalez gave us all cause to smile with another exciting contest, one in that particular aspect that was never in doubt.
The electric back and forth action was again showcased but with a different victor this time around, Juan Francisco Estrada having been adjudged to have done enough in the judges eyes to take a razor split decision.
The scores were controversially rendered with Carlos Sucre somehow scoring in favour of Estrada by a wide margin of 117-111 whilst David Sutherland had it closer by a score of 115-113, the other judge, Jesse Reyes edged it to Gonzalez by 115-113 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The victory meant that Estrada has now avenged both losses on his record with thoughts now turning to what’s next for both fighters? Standing at the front of the queue is mandatory challenger Srisaket Sor Rungvisai who is eager to resume the trilogy between the two fighters which currently stands at a stalemate of 1-1.
Gonzalez who we (TopClassBoxing) had winning this contest by a score of 115-113 will have to wait and see what will come next with hopes of a third encounter with Estrada shared by all.
“I think I did enough to win,” Estrada said. “Chocolatito’s a great fighter and I think he deserves the trilogy. I knew it was a close fight. I didn’t know if I was up or down [through 10 rounds], but I needed to close out the fight in the last two rounds.”
Gracious in defeat Gonzalez told press afterwards, “Whatever happened had to happen, but I gave it a good fight. I would have been happy either way with the result. I did my work, It was a better fight than the first one. I felt I won. In the last round, I gave it all, it was a great round. I’m happy because I’m going back home to see my family.”
Gonzalez, of course, does want a third fight. “I won both of them. Whatever Estrada wants, we’ll do it. I’m very happy with my performance and having the crowd enjoy the fight.”
CompuBox credited Gonzalez (1,317) and Estrada (1,212) for throwing more punches combined – 2,529 than any other 115-pound bout.
In the co-main event, undisputed welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill took away the controversy from their first encounter with a wide unanimous decision over Cecilia Braekhus, winning by scores of 100-89, 99-90, 98-91.
McCaskill dominated from beginning to end with intentions now on setting up another big payday with one of Katie Taylor or Claressa Shields.
WBA light flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (15-0, 10 KOs) stopped Axel Vega (14-4-1, 8 KOs) in the fifth round of his American debut. The fight was warming up nicely as both brought the action, standing head to head in an effort to wear down the other.
The end came in the fifth due to an apparent hand injury suffered by Vega. The latter threw a big right hand, instantly bringing a grimace to the face of the Mexican who after being jumped on by Kyoguchi turned his back before referee Raul Caiz Jr called off proceedings.