After nearly a decade, the highly anticipated rematch between WBC and The Ring super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada and WBA (Super) titleholder Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will take place Saturday night as they meet in a unification showdown at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The two first met in 2012, with Chocolatito defeating the up-and-coming Estrada by unanimous decision in a light flyweight bout. But Estrada (41-3, 28 KOs) proved in that fight that he would be a force in the boxing world for years to come. Estrada would go on to win 15 of his next 16 fights, with his lone loss coming to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who was fresh off of back-to-back victories over Chocolatito. Estrada avenged that loss with a unanimous decision victory to claim the WBC and The Ring championships.
Gonzalez (50-2, 41 KOs) was once recognized as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world after Floyd Mayweather retired from the sport. His run was relatively short-lived as he bit off more than he could chew against Sor Rungvisai and dropped a decision before being knocked out in the rematch. It was assumed that Chocolatito had been in one too many wars, and it was possible that the end of his career was near. Instead, the Nicaraguan got back to his winning ways with four straight victories, including an impressive ninth-round stoppage of Kal Yafai to claim the WBA (Super) title.
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With Estrada now seen as the king of the division, can Chocolatito prove that he has his foe’s number in the rematch, or will Estrada send a message to the boxing world that he’s one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world today?
The co-main event has Jessica McCaskill (9-2, three KOs) defending her WBC, IBF, WBO and WBA women’s welterweight titles in a rematch with Cecilia Braekhus (36-1, nine KOs). McCaskill stunned Braekhus last August with a closely contested decision victory. McCaskill got out of the gates fast and Braekhus was forced to close the fight strong to have any chance of coming from behind. The judges gave the fight to McCaskill.
Braekhus is out to prove that she is the better woman and reclaim the titles that many believe she should have never lost. But the hard-nosed McCaskill has no plans of handing the belts over after fighting so hard to be in this position.
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Estrada vs. Gonzalez 2 live updates
8:50 p.m.: Raymond Ford was supposed to easily improve to 9-0 against the unheralded Aaron Perez. Instead, he came away with a disappointing split draw after Perez broguht the fight to Ford from the opening bell and refused to allow Ford to get into any sort of comfort zone. The 78-74 scorecard for Perez was absurd but Ford needs to take the blame for allowing a fighter that he was clearly better than put him in position to lose. He ended up with a draw but, more importantly, a learning lesson to take every opponent seriously.
Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Roman Gonzalez 2 fight date, start time
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Date: Saturday, March 13Start time: 8 p.m. ETEstrada vs. Gonzalez main event:11 p.m. ET (approx.)
The Roman Gonzalez vs. Juan Francisco Estrada 2 fight card takes place on Saturday, March 13, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Gonzalez and Estrada are expected to make their way to the ring about 11 p.m. ET, although that depends on how long the earlier fights take.
Estrada vs. Gonzalez 2 TV channel, live stream
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Estrada vs. Gonzalez 2 fight card
Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in a WBA/WBC junior bantamweight title unification fightJessica McCaskill vs. Cecilia Braekhus, for McCaskill’s WBC/IBF/WBO/WBA women’s welterweight titlesHiroto Kyoguchi vs. Axel Vega for Kyoguchi’s WBA junior flyweight titleAustin Williams vs. Aaron Coley; middleweightsOtha Jones III vs. Jorge Castaneda; lightweightsRaymond Ford and Aaron Perez battled to a split draw (77-75, 74-78 & 76-76)