Superfly 2: Sor Rungvisai Beats Estrada

 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.


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