In an exciting, action-packed, back-and-forth fight that kicked off a big night of super flyweight action on HBO, Juan Francisco Estrada won an unanimous decision over Carlos Cuadras on unanimous scores of 114-113, thanks to a 10th round knockdown sealing the tipping the scores in his favor, in what otherwise would have been a draw.
Estrada (36-2, 25 KO) was not initially announced as the winner of the fight, as ring announcer Michael Buffer read Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KO) as the winner, which drew big boos from those at the StubHub Center. The error was quickly corrected, but that’s still something of a gut punch for Cuadras, surely.
The fight itself is the real story, though, with Cuadras, 29, starting fast, though perhaps not as fast as the HBO team presented, and Estrada, 27, simply sticking with his game plan, doing some good early work that added up over the course of the fight.
Estrada started to take over in the middle rounds, as his more fundamentally sound approach got to Cuadras once Estrada had his timing. The 10th round knockdown was a beauty:
But Cuadras did continue fighting hard, coming back from that as if nothing much had happened, and the two battled for the final six minutes. In the end, it was Estrada winning, and securing a shot at the winner of tonight’s WBC super flyweight title main event.
BLH had two cards of 115-112, both for Estrada.