Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez scored impressive wins on Friday in Mexico Metropolis to arrange a possible rematch of their large battle in 2012, which Gonzalez received by unanimous resolution.
Chocolatito defeated Israel Gonzalez by unanimous resolution to retain his WBA junior bantamweight belt, after which in the primary occasion, Estrada stopped Carlos Cuadras in Spherical 11 after recovering from a third-round knockdown.
Estrada’s win over Cuadras — his second victory over Cuadras, whom he beat on factors the primary time round by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 on the Sports activities Enviornment in Los Angeles — bookends a powerful run. Since that battle, Estrada has gone 15-1, and Gonzalez has been on level himself throughout that interval with a report of 16-2, 13 KOs — with each of these losses coming by the hands of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Estrada’s lone loss in that stretch additionally got here by the hands of SSR, although Estrada later avenged that defeat by defeating Sor Rungvisai in a rematch in April 2019.
So, what can we anticipate within the Gonzalez-Estrada rematch? Can Gonzalez repeat historical past, or is Estrada the higher fighter now? Steve Kim breaks it down.
What do you anticipate from an Estrada-Gonzalez rematch?
One other basic battle. Having been fortunate sufficient to have been at their first conflict in 2012 on the L.A. Sports activities Enviornment, I anticipate the second chapter to be simply as entertaining, if no more so, only for the straightforward incontrovertible fact that each boxers have a lot on the road, and that they’re each extremely prideful, world-class fighters.
You may say that Gonzalez is now not in his prime, however since his KO loss within the second Sor Rungvisai battle in 2017, he’s now in a profession renaissance of types — and he is nonetheless an offensive power, one who merely avalanches his foes in leather-based. Estrada can be an improved fighter since their first assembly, and has been craving for revenge.
Their types mesh completely: the regular two-fisted arsenal of Chocolatito, who weaves beautiful mixtures, towards the exact, heavy-handed counter-punches from Estrada.
It is time to discover out who’s the lord of the tremendous flys.
How does Estrada win?
He can do it by being the youthful, more energizing fighter down the stretch. Meaning he’ll have to beat the regular work fee of Gonzalez within the first half of the battle, face up to all that comes his approach and land his share of physique pictures early to arrange a powerful ending kick. Gonzalez remains to be a stable puncher at 115, however he is not hitting via his opponents as he did at decrease weight courses.
At this stage of their careers and this weight class, Estrada may truly be the extra forceful puncher. However he cannot permit himself to be outworked within the early rounds to a level that he falls too far behind, as he did in his first bout with Sor Rungvisai.
How does Gonzalez win?
Does Gonzalez have one other nice evening in him? He’s 33, which is unusually previous for a smaller fighter to be on the world-class degree. As soon as once more, he’ll need to get in nice form after which be ready to set a quick tempo, be the busier fighter — particularly early on — and hopefully soften up Estrada sufficient to some extent the place he will not have sufficient within the tank to return on robust.
Chocolatito most probably might be an underdog on this rematch, however as you noticed in Estrada-Cuadras II, a variety of leather-based was landed by Estrada earlier than he secured the TKO. Cuadras is a little bit of a slap hitter, one who does not utterly flip his punches over, and that is not the case with Gonzalez, who throws punches with nice torque and stability that offers him the power to throw one punch after one other seamlessly.
Ought to Martinez transfer as much as face Gonzalez and/or Estrada? Or ought to he keep at flyweight and unify titles?
If Martinez cannot get a unification bout with Moruti Mthalane at flyweight, he ought to go search for a extra enticing matchup at junior bantamweight, the place there are greater, extra recognizable names. And as he waits for Estrada and Gonzalez to have interaction of their rematch, there are different names for Martinez to pursue, resembling Joshua Franco, Kazuto Ioka or Jerwin Ancajas, all of whom have title belts and would make for fascinating fights.
Martinez is a extremely entertaining fighter that additionally brings strain, is relentless and has proven a willingness to combine it up from the very first bell. He does not simply throw a variety of punches, Martinez additionally has very dangerous intentions on every punch.