SuperFly 3 results: Juan Francisco Estrada beats Felipe Orucuta
Juan Francisco Estrada shined against Felipe Orucuta on Saturday night, beating him via 12-round unanimous decision (117-11 twice, 118-110) in the main event of “SuperFly 3.” The fight was featured in an HBO tripleheader at The Forum, in Inglewood, California.
4,019 were in attendance to see the two Mexicans duke it out and they were treated to not only seeing one of the best super flyweight/junior bantamweights in the world but some dramatic action in the middle rounds that rendered their seats useless.
Estrada, 37-3 (25), quickly showed off his counterpunching ability in the first half of the fight, peppering Orucuta around the ring with clean shots and pivoting to either side, in order to deliver another. Orucuta, 36-5 (30), was never deterred by the accurate punches landed on his chin and his drive to come forward with his offense would eventually pay off. At the end of the sixth, Orucuta started to show signs of becoming a threat and it sparked a tremendous seventh round in which both men let it all out. Without any doubt, it was the best round of the fight and Orucuta had a good argument of winning the memorable span of three minutes in which he was forcing Estrada to fight backward.
Any momentum Orucuta gained in the sixth and seventh rounds was thwarted in the eighth. Estrada walked into the round with a vengeance for what had happened prior and it looked like he was going for the knockout, not waiting for Orucuta to throw, in order to counter. By the end of that round, Orucuta was getting walked down and Estrada maintained control of the bout, once going back to his masterful countering. In the waning moments of the final round, Orucata was caught with a right hand and broke his fall with a glove just as the final bell sounded but referee Jerry Cantu didn’t rule it a knockdown.
In the only world title bout of the evening, Filipinos Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte fought to a split draw (118-110, 112-116, 114-114), leaving the WBO junior bantamweight title vacant.
“Of course I won the fight,” Nietes proclaimed afterward. “I dealt with his reach; I hurt him and I controlled the fight. I wanted to unify. Now I can’t even leave the ring with my belt.”
Nietes, 41-1-5 (23), got off to a slow start but his overhand right was the mainstay of the entire contest. It knocked the sweat off Palicte often, offering some of the only drama in a competitive yet conservative affair. Palicte, 24-2-1 (20), held a distinct height and reach advantage, not to mention being nine years younger, but there was little-to-no pushback from Nietes getting on the inside, where he accrued most of his work. By the end, Nietes landed more shots (194-124) and also finished the fight on a high note. However there won’t likely be any detailed post-fight analysis of what was ultimately a forgetful bout.
“It was a close fight but I thought I won it in the first half of the fight,” Palicte said. “I threw more punches and landed more punches. He came on in the last few rounds. Let’s do it again, anytime.”
Kazuto Ioka made waves in his return to boxing, earning a unanimous decision (99-90, 97-92 twice) over McWilliams Arroyo, after 10 rounds of junior bantamweight action, to kick off SuperFly 3 on the HBO telecast.
After abruptly retiring last year, Ioka, 23-1 (13), showed no signs of ring rust from a 15-month absence and convincingly out-boxed a consummate contender. From the first round on, Ioka, 29, was the ring general, measuring with his jab to start and using tremendous footwork to seemingly always be in position to not only score but make Arroyo catch air.
In the third round, a short right hand caught Arroyo in the same moment he bent down low and it dropped him to the mat for the fight’s only knockdown. Ioka scored the shot at the very end of the round but it sparked some tremendous action in the fourth. There Arroyo got more aggressive and found his right hand upstairs more often. However Ioka’s body work excelled in the same instance, bringing forth some heated exchanges that got the crowd engaged. After ending the fifth round well, Arroyo, 17-4 (14), had perhaps his best span of three minutes in the sixth. Uppercuts belted Ioka on the inside but the former three-division champion had the wherewithal to get back to moving in circles around Arroyo, by the seventh round. Arroyo, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, seemed to find something with his right hook in the 10th and final round but there was no outsmarting Ioka on this night.
“He was a tough opponent but I was in the control of the fight. We had a great game plan and executed it to perfection,” Ioka said afterward. “I’m very happy with performance and very happy to have fought in America. The atmosphere was fantastic. I can’t wait to come back and fight on the next SuperFly card and against the best in the division.”
Alexandru Marin edged Bruno Escalante with a split decision victory after 10 close rounds of junior bantamweight action, earning an IBF trinket in the process.
Marin, 17-0 (11), a Romanian fighting out of Bethesda, Maryland, was bloodied by fight’s end, thanks to a consistent left hook from Escalante but may’ve edged many close rounds, being the fight’s aggressor. Escalante, 17-4-1 (7), fought off the back foot for much of the fight but his movement did give Marin issues, having to chase and reach.
Brenda Flores received a split decision win over Louisa Hawton after 10 hotly contested rounds of atomweight (102 pounds) action, earning herself the vacant WBC title in the process.
Flores, 13-4-1 (2), had to deal with a barrage of offense from her Australian counterpart but edged this close fight with the most accurate and meaningful shots. In the opening round, a right hand from Flores caught Hawton right on the nose and forced it to bleed the rest of the way, adding dramatic color to an all-action affair. Early in the fight, Flores fought from a distance successfully but starting the fourth round, Hawton, 8-2 (4), got the firefight she sought all night. Hawton smiled as she threw punches with Flores on the inside, finding the body much more than Flores, and capping off a fifth round that had her foe irked, going back to her corner. Virtually every round was close in the latter half of the fight, in which Hawton was the aggressor but Flores maintained her edge with her left jab and right hand up the middle.
Eighteen-year-old junior lightweight prospect Mario Ramos beat up Alex Solorio to earn a third round stoppage victory. The contest was scheduled for six.
Ramos, 6-0 (6), looked tremendous in this knockout performance, showcasing a powerful uppercut mixed within his combinations that had his foe bludgeoned by the end of round one. Out of the southpaw stance, Ramos, San Diego, California, had a size and reach advantage he easily exploited from the outside. After two full rounds, the ringside doctor had to check on Solorio, 4-4 (1). Midway through the third, referee Sharon Sands did what the doctor could’ve rightfully done after two.
Local middleweight prospect Jonathan Esquivel blew out Joan Valenzuela to keep his perfect record intact, scoring two knockdowns in the first round to earn a knockout win. The contest was scheduled to go four.
Fighting out of Anaheim, California, Esquivel, 7-0 (7), brought along a solid crowd for the early undercard and delivered a dominant performance in which his right hand dropped his opponent within the first minute. Valenzuela, 5-10-1 (5), was in the process of taking a knee, as the strong right hand connected, prompting him to drop faster. Then seconds later, while in retreat, he took a knee again just as Esquivel delivered a right hand, prompting referee Marcos Rosales to wave the fight off.
In the opening bout of the 360 Promotions card, Joselito Velasquez earned his first unanimous decision win, receiving three scores of 60-54 over Jose Chanez, after six rounds of flyweight action.
Velasquez, 6-0 (5), a Mexican training under the eye of Freddie Roach, didn’t have a tough time scoring with his lead left hand, once feeling out his opponent in the first few rounds. That left touched his opponent’s body and head often to outweigh any of the of the offense Chanez, 6-7 (3), found on the inside.