‘How can you top that?’ Fans hail Estrada & Gonzalez as pair throw more than 2,500 PUNCHES in brutal 12-round war (VIDEO)


Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada and Nicaragua’s Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez produced an all-out slugfest in their super-flyweight title unifier in Texas on Saturday – leaving fans stunned but also angered by the judges’ scoring.

Meeting again more than eight years after they first fought, Estrada exacted revenge over his rival for the defeat Chocolatito had handed him back in 2012, with the Mexican this time edging a contentious split decision to unify the WBC and WBA super-flyweight titles at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.  

The bout lived up to the pre-fight billing, being fought at a frenetic pace which rarely let up and resulted in an astonishing weight-class record of more than 2,500 punches being thrown by the pair.

In the end it was Estrada who had his hand raised, edging the decision as two of the scorecards went 115-113 and 117-111 in his favor, with the other judge scoring it 115-113 to the Nicaraguan.

Boxing fans reveled in an instant classic, hailing it as a certified fight-of-the-year contender and potentially of the decade.

There were immediate calls for trilogy, which Estrada said he was open to in his post-fight comments.

“I think I did enough to win. Chocolatito is a great fighter and I think he deserves the trilogy,” Estrada said through an interpreter.

“I knew it was a close fight, I didn’t know if I was up or down, but I knew I needed to close out the fight in those last two rounds.”  

An emotional Gonzalez suggested he would take a third fight with the Mexican, saying: “Whatever happened had to happen, but I gave it a good fight. I would have been happy either way with the result. I did my work.

“It was a better fight than the first one. I felt I won. In the last round, I gave it all, it was a great round. I’m happy because I’m going back home to see my family.”

Some fans and pundits were left unhappy with the scoring, claiming that the 117-111 score in particular was “disgusting.”

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn – who had praised the fight as the greatest he had ever witnessed live – also criticized the margin, while American journalist Max Blumenthal even speculated that political aspects might have been at play against the Nicaraguan Gonzalez.

While fans will be keen for a third showdown, Estrada is set to face Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai next, as the mandatory challenger to his WBC title. The pair have fought twice previously, with Rungvisai winning the first meeting via majority decision in 2018, before the Mexican avenged the loss with a unanimous decision win in April of 2019.  

Meanwhile, many saw Estrada’s epic with Gonzalez as a fitting tribute to middleweight legend ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler, who passed away at the age of 66 earlier on Saturday. The event in Dallas had paid tribute to Hagler with the solemn ringing of the fight bell 10 times. 

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