Saturday, February 24 2018

The Forum , CA

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

(41-4-1, 38 KOs) VS.

Juan Francisco Estrada

(36-2-0, 25 KOs)

12 Round WBC Super Flyweight Championship Bout
Available in HD

In their February 24th match-up at The Forum in Inglewood, California, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (42-4-1, 38 KOs) claimed a victory in a 12-round majority decision over Juan Francisco "El Gallo" Estrada (36-2-0, 25 KOs), but after a brilliant and exhilarating match, it would be difficult to view either as the loser.

After appearing a bit guarded in the first round, Sor Rungvisai began to find his energy and started increasing his punches, throwing some heavy hits. Estrada was unafraid though, as he countered him with short, sharp punches on the inside. Sor Rungvisai was quick to retaliate with some more blows of his own, but Estrada twisted and turned, causing most hits to land on his shoulders and back.

Finally, a pair of lefts at the end of the fourth landed harshly on Estrada, sending him backward for the first time. Sor Rungvisai was gaining momentum and starting to take the edge in this fight. He was finding his range and was able to land more hits, meanwhile figuring out how to evade Estrada's attacks.

In the eighth, Estrada stood slightly farther back from his opponent, forcing him to come closer to land a hit, which left Sor Rungivsai more vulnerable so Estrada could get in a few solid hits of his own. The final rounds were exciting and quite evenly matched, but Sor Rungvisai had already bested his opponent in the eyes of the judges.

"I felt I won the fight," said Estrada. "I landed great shots at the end. I don't know what the judges saw. I thought I won clearly."

The match was incredibly close, with scores from the three judges coming in at 114-114, 115-113 and 117-111. Sor Rungvisai was gracious as he celebrated his win over his worthy and talented opponent.

"It was a very good fight," said Sor Rungvisai. "He hits very hard and I like his style, but I know I won the fight. The difference between now and other points in my career is now I have the support of the people of Thailand."

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