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Sor Rungvisai Beats Estrada in Hellacious Firefight
Los Angeles, The Forum (February 24, 2018)- Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 43-4-1 (39KO’s) shocked the world last September when he knocked out Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez on the aptly dubbed “Superfly” at the StubHub center in Los Angeles. Thought to be a fluke or the result of a sliding Gonzalez, Sor Rungvisai had his work cut out for him against Juan Francisco Estrada 36-3-0 (25KO’s) in the sequel “Superfly 2”. In front of 7,827 rowdy fans at The Forum in Los Angeles the two met for supremacy over the titanic tiny men.
Estrada fired counter left hands to the head of the steam rolling power puncher during the first two rounds displaying top-shelf boxing in the mode of Juan Manuel Marquez. During the third round Rungvisai warmed up throwing big shots to the body and following up to the head with a right-hand followed by a left at the end of the fourth shifting the momentum in his favor. Power shots from Rungvisai in the fifth through seventh rounds edged the middle of a razor close fight.
Estrada’s corner implored the Mexican from Hermosillo to turn it on and the eighth round was all Estrada boxing, moving, and banging big left hands at the head of the plodding Thai tank. Estrada continued to damage Rungvisai until a big right hand at the end of the tenth reminded Estrada how dangerous being too close to the big puncher is. The fight was close opening the twelfth round with Rungvisai appearing to have a slight edge; both fighters put on a show trading bombs in the center of the ring with Estrada landing the best shots on a tiring Rungvisai.
On scores of 114-114, 115-113, 117-111 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai won a majority decision that had press row torn on opinions of the outcome. Superfly 2 lived up to the hype and produced one of the great Super Flyweight fights in recent history. The next logical step for both fighters could be a rematch with an interim fight considering the brutality of the encounter.
McWilliams Outpoints Cuadras
In the co-main event Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry bout; McWilliams Arroyo 17-3 (14KO’s) out slugged the slick Carlos Cuadras 36-3-1 (27KO’s) over ten rounds. Cuadras boxed and fired combinations from all angles but it was the cleaner power shots of Arroyo that determined the outcome. Tiring down the stretch Cuadras punching power dropped showing the difference when Arroyo landed crisp combinations to push back the Mexican. At the end of the bout scores read an odd 95-95, 98-92, and 97-93 for McWilliams Arroyo in a Majority decision. The fight wasn’t nearly as wide as the atrocious 98-92. Cuadras simply couldn’t hurt or do enough to keep Arroyo from mounting his offense.
Off for two years since losing to Roman Gonzalez, Arroyo returned in a solid performance to put himself back into the mix of a hot Super Flyweight division.
Nietes Finally Picks up High Profile Victory in the US
Filipino Donnie Nietes (40-1-4 22KO’s) has been one of those under the radar fighters spoken about by one-upping die hard boxing fans. The simple knowledge of his existence and following his career lends cred to the arsenal of boxing troll argumenta. Nietes is under the radar no longer. The IBF Flyweight champion opened the HBO telecast against mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Reveco 39-3 (19KO’s) with a bang of a knockout. A big left hand in the seventh sent Reveco down, seeing their man was hurt the corner jumped in to save Reveco from any future punishment giving Nietes the victory via TKO7.
Dalakian Shuts Out Viloria Wins WBA Flyweight Title
Ukranian Artem Dalakian 16-0 (11KO’s) out boxed and beat the “Hawaiian Punch” Brain Viloria to the punch over twelve one sided rounds to pick up the WBA Flyweight strapduring the untelevised undercard. Suffering a bad cut Viloria couldn’t get his punches off and had no answer for the movement and speed of the schooled Ukranian. On scores of 118-109 on all here cards Dalakian celebrates winning his first championship. “I loved fighting in the United States and I can’t want to comeback and fight in Los Angeles.” said Dalakian.