Juan Estrada vs. Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez 3 on Oct.16th
By Dan Ambrose: Juan Francisco Estrada will potentially be meeting up with former four-division world champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez for a trilogy match on October 16th.
Eddie Hearn says October 16th is a possible date for the third fight between WBA/WBC super flyweight champion Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs) and the recently beaten Chocolatito (50-3, 41 KO).
Hopefully, quality judges are working the trilogy match between Roman Gonzalez and Estrada, as the boxing public was furious with the scoring of their rematch earlier this year on March 13th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Estrada was given a highly questionable 12 round split decision in a fight that many boxing fans felt was a slam dunk victory for Chocolatito. But, unfortunately, the scoring for that fight was from outer space.
This writer had Roman winning by an easy 117-111 score, and it’s unclear what two of the judges were thinking in giving it to Estrada.
Although the crowd was on Estrada’s side from the earliest moments, Chocolatito had them eating out of the palm of his hand at the end of the fight.
The booing by the crowd at the results of the fight showed that Chocolatito deserved the victory. However, the judges scored it 115-113 for Chocolatito, 117-111, 115-113 for Estrada.
Roman looked spectacular in that fight, almost as good as he did in November 2012 when he defeated Estrada by a 12 round unanimous decision in their first encounter.
The only difference between that fight and their rematch was the way the judges scored the fight. Chocolatito clearly got the better of Estrada in the rematch last March, but for some reason, two of the Texas judges felt that he hadn’t done enough.
“October 16th, we’ll be in American for potentially Chocolatito vs. Estrada,” said Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn to iFL TV.
It’s unclear why boxing fans have to wait until October 16th to see the Estrada-Gonzalez III rematch. That’s seven months after their March 16th fight.
These two warriors don’t need to rest seven months in between fights, particularly given that neither of them suffered bad facial damage in the fight.
Carlos Cuadras vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 2
On the undercard, we could see a rematch between former #3 WBC Carlos Cuadras (39-4-1, 27 KOs) and #1 WBC Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43 KOs).
This fight would set the table for the winner to take on the Estrada vs. Chocolatito 3 fight victor. Cuadras and Rungvisai are former WBC 115-lb champions and have a history together.
Cuadras beat Rungvisai by an eight round technical decision seven years ago in 2014. However, the fight had to be halted after eight round when Cuadras suffered a cut.
Cuadras’ career since then has been up and down, winning and losing world titles.
Roman Gonzalez beat him by a 12 round decision in 2016 in a war.
That fight took a lot out of Cuadras, as he’s lost three out of his last seven fights. In Cuadras’ last contest, he lost to Juan Estrada by an 11th round knockout last October.
- Chocolatito Gonzalez vs. Rey Martinez on March 5th
- Julio Cesar Martinez battles Chocolatito Gonzalez on March 5th on DAZN
- Roman Gonzalez fighting Julio Cesar Martinez on March 5th
- Juan Estrada vs. Roman Gonzalez trilogy postponed