Juan Francisco Estrada’s WBC title defense against Dewayne Beamon this Saturday is a clear step back after “El Gallo’s” two wars with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, but the victory lap won’t last long if he gets his way. Estrada tells ESPN Deportes that he’s looking to unify with WBA champion Kal Yafai on the December 7th Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua rematch.
Yafai (26-0, 15 KO) seemed like he would inevitably face IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas at some point, but that plan kind of just quietly died, leaving Yafai to defend against the likes of Israel Gonzalez and Norberto Jimenez. Now seems to be the time to put up or shut up, though; even if he doesn’t go through with this fight, his #1 contender is the very capable Jason Moloney.
Estrada (39-3, 26 KO) established himself at the division’s top fighter in his successful rematch with Srisaket this past April, avenging his only loss since a competitive 2012 decision against a prime Roman Gonzalez. Surprisingly, he’s actually a year younger than Yafai despite having 50% more fights.
Of course, Estrada still has to get through Beamon relatively unscathed to make this happen, but with all due respect to “Mr. Stop Running,” that doesn’t figure to be a terribly tough ask.