Former flyweight champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada (39-3, 26 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision to dethrone WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41 KOs) on Friday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Estrada was the aggressor from the opening bell, mixing his attack with combinations to Sor Rungvisai’s head and body. Estrada was at his best when he initiated exchanges, moving out of Sor Rungvisai’s punch range to prevent him from countering.
Sor Rungviasi spent most of the first half of the fight fighting from a conventional stance and not as a southpaw. The strategy put Sor Rungvisai at a distinct disadvantage as he looked uncomfortable.
Sensing he was down on the scorecards, Sor Rungvisai finally began letting his hands go more in the eighth round. Sor Rungvisai closed the distance, getting into punching range and firing lead hooks or crosses to the head of Estrada.
Sor Rungvisai finally fought consistently from a southpaw stance in round nine, but switched back to a conventional stance in round 10.
Both let their hands go during the final two rounds, with Sor Rungivisai going for broke. Just like in the 12th round of their last fight, both fighters traded combinations in the center of the ring, producing all-out exchanges until the final bell sounded.
By scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 115-113, Estrada becomes the new WBC super flyweight champion. When asked about a possible rematch, Estrada said he would agree to a rematch and unifying the Super Flyweight division.