Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Juan Francisco Estrada
Hard hitting super flyweight Thai, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, defends his WBC world title, against Mexican challenger, former flyweight world champion, Juan Francisco Estrada.
Rungvisai is coming off two fantastic victories over past top pound for pound fighter, Roman Gonzalez, a fantastic upset, and a demolition, Estrada is coming off a great win over Carlos Cuadras, a fighter who once defeated Rungvisai.
Estrada is mobile early, he lands some good straight shots, and seems to frustrate the champion.
As the middle rounds approach, the champion starts to bully Estrada, as he gets the better of most exchanges, attacking the body, and overpowering Tehran challenger, proving the stronger fighter.
Early in the second half of the fight, Estrada's tactics are more aggressive, his foot speed is still useful, and he hits Rungvisai with some great shots.
As the rounds get later, Estrada is eager to stand and fight Rungvisai, he lands leather, but Rungvisai, not uncharacteristically, lands with particularly hard punches, and it is the challenger who is forced backwards at times.
In the closing minutes, Estrada's footwork, fitness is still serving him well, but he is not able to inflict as much damage as is being inflicted on him, as Rungvisai punishes him with accurate shots whenever Estrada goes on the offensive, the champion, also being patient, wasting nothing, and throwing punches when Estrada gives him the ground to hit him.
Both fighters think they have won the fight, most people think it is close, so it isn't a surprise neither thinks they've lost. Some people have it scored a draw, but it seems the most common score, the general consensus seems to be that the champion has done enough to win, by a narrow margin.
Two judges declare it the close fight it seems to have been, scoring it a draw, and a close Rungvisai win, but the other judge strongly disagrees, scoring Rungvisai not only the winner, but defeating the challenger by a lopsided margin.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai wins the fight via majority decision, defends his title.