Sparks Fly in Sonora: El Gallo Retains via KO

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Sparks Fly in Sonora: El Gallo Retains via KO
Estrada dropped Marquez seven times in the fifth defense of his WBA title. (Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer)

Saturday night at Centro Convenciones in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico, Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2, 24 KOs), aka El Gallo, from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, retained his WBA Super World flyweight title via KO at 1:16 of round 10 against former WBA World flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (39-6-1, 28 KOs), the southpaw from Empalme, Sonora, Mexico.

Both men came to fight.

There was plenty of give-and-take action in the first five rounds, highlighted by brutal exchanges between the two Mexican warriors. In the sixth round Estrada landed a couple of vicious left hooks to the body that resulted in two knockdowns. In round seven Marquez was knocked down two more times and once more in the ninth before a brutal knockout in round ten. The seven total knockdowns might suggest otherwise, but Marquez brought the fight to Estrada, even following some of those knockdowns, and displayed the heart of a champion.

This was Estrada’s fifth defense of his WBA/WBO belts and suggests a rematch with pound-for-pound superstar and Lineal champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) might be in the cards. They fought back in 2012 for the WBA World light flyweight belt in a Fight of the Year candidate which resulted in a very close unanimous decision win for Chocolatito. A rematch unifying the flyweight division is a must-see fight and would bring even more exposure to these rising stars.

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This article was penned by the author who is not related to the WBA and the statements, expressions or opinions referenced herein are that of the author alone and not the WBA.


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