If you’re like me, you’d never heard of Wisaksil Wangek, professionally known as Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, until three fights ago. That’s when he appeared on the pay-per view undercard of Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs, facing 4-weight world champion and undefeated Nicaraguan legend, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. In spite of the popular viewpoint of “Chocolatito” getting robbed that night, Rungvisai seemed a close but clear winner to these eyes. That opinion was only bolstered by a devastating 4th round KO in the immediate rematch, on HBO’s inaugural “Superfly” telecast, late 2017.
Last Saturday, Rungvisai (45-4-1, 40 KO’s), from Thailand, headlined “Superfly 2”, broadcast live on HBO from the Forum in Los Angeles, California. His opponent was the tough, skillful Mexican, Juan Francisco Estrada (36-3-25 KO’s). Estrada earned a shot at Rungvisai’s WBC 115 pound title with a victory over Carlos Cuadras during the original “Superfly”.
In a back and forth tussle, Rungvisai’s advantages in size, strength and power proved to be the difference. The bout thoroughly entertained the blood-thirsty pro-Mexican crowd, but Rungvisai’s heavier shots gave him the slight edge by majority decision (117-111, 115-113, 114-114).
The aforementioned Cuadras (36-3-1, 27 KO’s), also from Mexico, lost his second consecutive bout, third in his last four fights, this time to Puerto Rico’s McWilliams Arroyo (17-3, 14 KO’s). In the opener, Filipino, Donnie Nietes (41-1-4, 23 KO’s), outclassed Argentine, Juan Carlos Reveco, stopping him in the 7th round in defense of his IBF 112 pound championship.