Top Rank isn’t the only outfit in town with great fights in the works. Mike Coppinger reports that the long-awaited rematch between super flyweight champions Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada is “expected to headline on DAZN soon after” Matchroom’s “July/August” U.S. return.
The pair initially began negotiations in March for what will be a unification between the WBA “super” and WBC belts.
Gonzalez (49-2, 41 KO) and Estrada (40-3, 27 KO) first fight eight years and two weight classes ago, fighting to a competitive light flyweight decision on the 2012 Brian Viloria-Tyson Marquez undercard. The two constantly appeared destined for a rematch that never materialized and which looked like a lost cause after “Chocolatito’s” destructive knockout loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
Undaunted, the former pound-for-pound king reignited his career last February by demolishing Kal Yafai, whose attempts to unify with Estrada were repeatedly stymied by “El Gallo’s” hand issues. Estrada, meanwhile, enters on a four-fight winning streak and will be making the second defense of the belt he took from Srisaket in their rematch. He was last seen stopping the game but overmatched Dewayne Beamon in August.
Between this and the absolute banger between Kazuto Ioka and Kosei Tanaka, it’s like Superfly never left.