‘SuperFly 2’ results: Sriskaset Sor Rungvisai decisions Juan Franscisco Estrada
After a tremendous 12th round that had all 7,827 fans in attendance on their feet, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai was declared the winner over Juan Francisco Estrada via majority decision (117-111, 115-113, 114-114) to retain his WBC super flyweight title. The fight was the main event of an HBO “Boxing After Dark” card held at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Saturday night.
The final round was an exclamation point to a fantastic display of contrasting styles throughout the previous 11, and the competitive nature of the contest had the crowd on the edge of its seats, anxiously waiting for a moment to get to its feet. Most, if not all, of the enthusiastic boxing fans were supporting the Mexican challenger and, even with them, cheering heavily after every Estrada shot landed, Srisaket maintained an insurmountable drive that couldn’t go unrecognized.
Srisaket 45-4-1 (40), wasn’t dismayed by the quick start from Estrada, who was quicker to the punch in the first two rounds and, by maintaining a no-nonsense style of suffocating power shots, the Thai southpaw started to put his opponent under pressure in the third. Alluding to his motive, Srisaket landed a mere eight jabs through the fight and rarely ever feinted or took a step backward.
Estrada, 36-3 (25), the WBC No.1-ranked contender and mandatory opponent, was often backed up once Srisaket got into a groove and rallied off pressing hooks and crosses. When trying to get out of the way of the surging Thai, Estrada’s feet would get entangled with Srisaket’s, which actually caused both fighters to fall on the canvas throughout the fight. It was better than the alternative that was expected in the match-up, as Sriskaet would often cause head clashes and, although there were a few, none mattered in the end.
Estrada really started to come alive in the eighth round, in which he was getting the better of some intense exchanges. Each man tried to beat the previous punch landed he absorbed but the natural counter-puncher scored the cleaner shots off the back foot. Srisaket stubbornly kept pressing forward, although Estrada built momentum in the ninth and it paid off late in the fight, as Estrada was forced to let it all go in the 12th, seemingly knowing he needed to make something happen with such a close fight at hand.
To no surprise, the scores were booed heavily but, allegiances aside, there was no debating Srisaket deserved the victory. One score of 117-111, didn’t see it very close and, upon further inspection of Steve Morrow’s scorecard, he gave Srisaket rounds eight and nine, in which Estrada had some of his best moments in the entire fight. The crowd didn’t know that, however, as their boos continued to rain down on Sriskaet, while being interviewed on HBO, something the 31-year-old must be used to by now, as he continues an incredible streak of upsetting the apple cart.
McWilliams Arroyo earned a majority decision over Carlos Cuadras in the super flyweight co-feature with scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 95-95.
Arroyo, 17-3 (14), may have been coming off a long layoff but the Puerto Rican was sharp throughout and had an opponent in front of him who seemed out of his element at times. Cuadras, 36-3-1 (27), had a rough opening three minutes and the only rhythm he showed was in the second and third rounds, that had some really good exchanges. Cuadras, who had been known as a fleet-footed boxer leading up the fight, was much more stationary in this one and couldn’t hide the fact that he was pressing for his power right hand up the middle. Training to get in shape had been an issue for the Mexican and, with Abel Sanchez in his corner for the first time, Cuadras seemed stuck between styles.
In the opening bout of the HBO telecast, Donnie Nietes earned a technical knockout victory over Juan Carlos Reveco after the latter’s corner threw in the towel during the seventh round.
“I’m very proud to defend my title in front of all the great Filipino fans here Los Angeles,” Nietes said, after his first defense of the IBF flyweight title. “I want the biggest fights, either at this weight or to move up. There has been talk of me fighting (Roman) ‘Chocolatito’ (Gonzalez) next. That’s a fight I want. I’d also like to fight the winner of Sor Rungvisai-Estrada.”
Nietes, 41-1-4 (23), record, showed a precise display of jabbing, leading up to the sixth round in which he buzzed Reveco badly in its final moments. Reveco, 39-4 (19), stumbled back to his corner badly and warranted the ringside doctor to closely examine him between rounds. The Argentinian wasn’t OK entering the seventh and after getting dropped by a Nietes left hand, his corner threw in the towel.
The non-televised undercard of the 360 Promotions show was streamed live on RingTV.com.
Artem Dalakian won the vacant WBA flyweight title after outboxing Brian Viloria for 12 rounds and leaving the Hawaiian bloodied by the fight’s end.
“I’m very proud to be the newest champion from Ukraine,” said Dalakian, who is of Armenian descent. “I knew I was hurting (Viloria) the whole fight. I want to unify with any of the other world champions. I loved fighting in the United States and I can’t want to come back and fight in Los Angeles.”
Dalakian, 16-0 (11), fought a near-perfect fight against the Hawaiian veteran who was, vying for his fifth word title. Viloria, 38-6 (23), had trouble finding his range against the Ukrainian and didn’t start to show life until the middle rounds. Dalakian has an unusual way of pressing forward with his hooks and, oftentimes, Viloria could only duck and cover, leading to some rabbit punches. Dalakian was docked a point by referee Dr. Lou Moret in round nine, for what he said was pushing Viloria’s head down but there was no fixing Viloria’s issues. In the 11th, an elbow that accidentally cut Viloria’s forehead and it gushed blood for the remainder of a fight, leaving a brutal end to perhaps a glorious career for Viloria.
“Real tough guy. Very tough fight. I was never able to get inside like I wanted to,” Viloria said afterward, while putting pressure on the severe cut on his forehead.
Pedro Duran, 16-0-3 (13), and Enrique Tinoco, 16-5-4 (12), fought to a draw, after eight competive rounds of lightweight action. 76-76 twice and one score of 77-75, in favor of Duran, produced the result.
In female junior flyweight upset, Anahi Torres, 17-17-1 (12), earned a unanimous decision over Louisa “Bang Bang” Hawton, 7-1 (3), in the Australian’s American debut. Torres, Mexico City, Mexico, landed the cleaner punches of an otherwise competitive fight and perhaps why she won most of the rounds, with scores of 79-73 and 77-75 twice.
In the opening bout of the 360 Promotions card, Mario Ramos, 4-0 (4), blew out Oscar Quezada, 7-6 (4), to earn a first round technical knockout victory. Ramos, San Diego, California, scored a knockdown midway through the first and had Quezada bottled up in a corner shortly afterward. There referee Rudy Barragan waved it off just before Quezada fell to the canvas again. The junior lightweight contest was scheduled for six.