WBC super flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada, inactive throughout 2023, says he’s seeking a title fight at bantamweight after a unification bout against WBA champion Kazuto Ioka failed to materialize. “Gallo” is now aiming at the 118-pound division and says he wants to stay busy with four fights in the coming year, the first of which should be as early as March. His most recent fight was against Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez on December 3rd last year, which he won by majority decision. At this week`s WBC weekly press conference, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman presented Carlos Cuadras with the WBC super flyweight interim belt, which Cuadras won by defeating Pedro Guevara in Uzbekistan. Estrada has fought Cuadras twice and defeated him in both highly entertaining bouts, left the door open to a third possible clash.
PRIOR BOXINGTALK COVERAGE
DEC. 4, 2022: In Arizona, Juan Francisco Estrada defeated Roman "Chocolotito" Gonzalez for the WBC 115-pound championship. The twelve-round fight went the distance with Gonzalez falling behind early but rallying back in the second half of the contest. When the socrecards were consulted, the Mexican Estrada won a majority decision, via scores of 114-114, 116-112 and 115-113. This was the third fight of their storied rivalry and Estrada now holds bragging rights with two wins to the Nicaraguan Gonzalez's one. However, a fourth fight could happen in the future because both men are so popular and Gonzalez was arguably robbed of a win by poor judging in their second fight. "If he wants a fourth fight, I think we can do it," said Estrada afterwards.