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Juan Francisco Estrada vs Chocolatito Gonzalez 3 targeted for fall

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Eddie Hearn reveals negotiations for third matchup underway

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It looks like we may be getting the trilogy between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez next. Their thrilling second encounter on March 13 ended in controversy after two of the three judges’ scorecards went the way of Juan “El Gallo” Estrada. It was a legitimately close fight, but judge Carlos Sucre’s 117-111 scorecard in favor of Estrada caused considerable outrage, leading the WBA to “temporarily suspend” him.

Estrada was initially supposed to make his next defense against mandatory challenger, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, before the WBC reversed course and elevated him to “franchise champion,” paving the way for the trilogy with “Chocolatito.”

Speaking with ESPN Knockout, Eddie Hearn revealed that he’s been working on securing this highly anticipated third matchup.

“I’m talking to the ‘Gallo’ team, we are also talking to the ‘Chocolatito’ team, the second has been by far the best fight I have seen live, so we are happy for the possibility that they will face each other a third time, and we’re looking for it to be on the west coast, with more people this time, and for the month of September or October.”

This is good news for everyone involved, with the possible exception of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who’s gotta be a little annoyed that he’s getting passed over for the title shot that had been promised him. But to be honest he would probably benefit from taking a real fight to shake off the rust before jumping back in with either Estrada or “Chocolatito.”