Will Chocolatito-Estrada Rematch Deliver?
The highly anticipated Unified World Super Flyweight Title rematch between Ramon “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada will headline the Matchroom Boxing card in Dallas coming up tonight. And, the belief is that this battle may be as good or better than their first.
Eight years ago, a then 32-0 Chcolatito out-slugged Estrada over 12 rounds to win the WBA Strawweight title in Los Angeles. Now, Estrada has won five straight fights to get to his record up to 41-3 and most believe that he is the favorite to avenge his earlier loss.
It’s something that we discussed on the latest edition of “The Big Fight Weekend” podcast with Keith Idec of Boxingscene.com and our Senior Writer, Marquis Johns. Check us out in the preview mode,
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Both fighters fought last October on the same show with no fans present in the Mexico City TV Azteca studios. The Nicaraguan Chocolatito used his experience, aggressive style and hard punching (photo top) to wear down and pull away for an easy decision over Israel Gonzalez over 12 rounds.
That fight was the co-feature that saw Gonzalez win by scores of 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112 to successfully defend the title for the first time that he won back in February of last year.
The Mexican Estrada, meanwhile, did not have the same reasonably easy night. This, as he had to get off the deck in the third round to retain against Carlos Cuadras by scoring an 11th round TKO. In a bout that was a candidate for “Fight of the Year,” Cuadras had Estrada down early and in trouble a couple of other times before Estrada’s volume of punching finally wore down the challenger.
The American Airlines Center, which is the home of the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association and the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League will be the location for this one with approximately 4,000 socially distanced fans allowed.
We will soon see if the rematch will deliver on action and excitement.