Rungvisai wants Cuadras rematch after Estrada fight
By Allan Fox: WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 30 KOs) will be defending his title in SuperFly2 against his mandatory challenger Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25 KOs) this Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
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Rungvisai isn’t looking past the 27-year-old Estrada on Saturday, but he does feel confident that he’s going to win and move on to bigger things. Estrada is fighting the wrong guy in Rungvisai. The Thailand fighter is looking like an unstoppable monster right now in the same way Gennady Golovkin has at middleweight. Estrada doesn’t have the fire power to keep Rungivisai from walking through him like sliced butter. Estrada hasn’t been hit by a fighter with the kind of punching power that Rungvisai possesses.
Rungvisai has turned into the new star in the super flyweight division with his wins over Roman Gonzalez. Rungvisai is willing and ready to fight the best guys in the 115 lb. weight class. He wanted to fight Naoya Inoue, but the Japanese fighter left the division without fighting him.
Rungvisai, 31, plans on beating Estrada and then he wants a rematch with former WBC 115 lb. champion Carlos Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KOs), who he lost to by an 8th round technical decision 4 years ago on May 31st, 2014. It was a fight that was stopped because of a cut over the left eye of Cuadras. Rungvisai was trailing scorecards at the time the fight was stopped of the cut.
Rungvisai looked pretty strong at the time. The cut might have saved Cuadras from getting worked over by Rungvisai in the last 4 rounds. Cuadras and Rungvisai’s careers are now going in different directions. Caudras has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights, and he just barely avoided a third defeat with a controversial 10 round unanimous decision win over David Carmona in March 2017. One of Cuadras’ recent defeats came against Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez in September 2016. It was a close fight, but Cuadras definitely lost it. Rungvisai has beaten Gonzalez twice in a row, and he’s looked impressive in both fights.
Cuadras will be fighting on the Rungvisai vs. Estrada undercard in a WBC super flyweight title eliminator against McWillians Arroyo (16-3, 14 KOs). They’re also fighting for the vacan WBC Silver super flyweight title.
“Definitely, I really want to fight with Carlos Cuadras again,” Rungvisai said to Fino Boxing about wanting a rematch with Cuadras.
Cuadras needs to put in a good performance because he’s starting to look like he’s lost something from his game from his grueling fight against Roman Gonzalez in September 2016. That fight took a lot out of both guys. Roman looked like a shell of his former self when he fought Rungvisai in his next fight after his war with Cuadras in March 2017. Rungvisai gave Gonzalez a real beating for 12 rounds. Gonzalez’s face was badly swollen up after the fight with Rungvisai, as well after his match with Cuadras. Those 2 fights took a lot of Gonzalez. When he fought Rungvisai for the rematch last September, Gonzalez looked like he wasn’t mentally and physically there for the fight, and he ended up getting knocked out in the 4th round after getting dropped twice. For Cuadras’ part, he labored to a controversial 10 round unanimous decision against David Carmona in his next fight after his loss to Gonzalez.
Cuadras looked like he was given a gift decision by the judges. A lot of boxing fans at ringside for the Cuadras-Carmona fight at Madison Square Garden, they booed the decision. They felt that Carmona had done enough to win it. In Cuadras’ last fight, he lost to Juan Francisco Estrada by a 2 round unanimous decision last September. Cuadras started out well in that fight against Estrada, but then he got tired and was out-boxed in the second half. After the fight, Cuadras was mistakenly announced as the winner by the announcer. Moments later, the announcer corrected himself and let the boxing fans know Estrada had won. It was a close enough fight to go either way. Estrada landed the weaker shots, but he finished strong. Cuadras might have done enough to deserve a draw, but the judges ignored his work in the last 6 rounds. Cuadras did show that he was the better fight before he got tired in the second half.
Cuadras wants to fight Rungvisai again, which is why he’s battling Arroyo in a WBC title eliminator. If Cuadras wins the fight, he’ll be the mandatory challenger for Rungvisai and he’ll get a title shot against him. That might even take place in the Thailand fighter’s next defense of his World Boxing Council belt. Cuadras was attacking Runvisai brief exchanges before moving out of range. Cuadras used quick in and out attacks on Rungvisai to get the better of him. However, by the later rounds, Cuadras looked tired. He wasn’t as ready to continue to attack like he’d been earlier. It was a good thing for Cuadras that he suffered a cut when he did.
”I’m very excited because this is a big fight, and I can come back here after I defend this title for as long as I can in the U.S,” Rungvisai said to Fighthub about his title defense of his WBC belt this Saturday night against Estrada. ”I think I shouldn’t say too much. Let’s see in the ring how it turns out. I’m getting recognized in Thailand now. I love the green belt and I’ll keep it as long as I can,” Rungvisai said.
”Manny Pacquiao,” Rungvisai said when asked who his favorite fighter is.