The main event of HBO’s Superfly triple-header was a rematch from a battle earlier this year. But where that fight was a close upset decision win, this one was a one-sided domination. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai ended any doubt about his earlier victory over Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzlaez, dominating the fight from the opening bell before ultimately ending the fight with a round 4 KO. Srisaket was the more aggressive, seemingly more powerful fighter throughout. Gonzalez made a go of it in round 3, but once Srisaket dropped him in round 4, the end was near. With that loss, it seems the Chocolatito era has come to an end, as he does not look likely to make it back up to the upper echelon of the pound for pound ranks again. This was an excellent performance from Srisaket that capped off an overall excellent night of fights.
Naoya Inoue made a successful and impressive US debut here. The undefeated Japanese fighter has been one fans have wanted to see in the US for some time, and he did not disappoint. Inoue simply took his opponent Antonio Nieves apart, controlling with jabs to start, then moving to vicious body shots, including a beautifully placed hook to the body that dropped Nieves in the 5th. Nieves survived and came out for round 6, but the fight was essentially over, and his corner wisely waved it off at the end of the round. That was everything you want for a hyped debut.
Body shot from Inoue brings Nieves to his knees. #SuperFly pic.twitter.com/zRi5bMXz6N— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) September 10, 2017
In the HBO opener, Juan Francisco Estrada scored a hard-fought unanimous decision win over Carlos Cuadras with scores of 114-113 across the board. This was an excellent fight on paper that lived up to the billing. Both men are young fighters but also already decorated veterans, and here they combined that youthful energy with careful technique. Both had moments in a back and forth battle, but Estrada took control in the 10th round, sending Cuadras to the mat to seal the victory. Great fight, and a great win.
Straight right from Estrada sends Cuadras to the canvas #SuperFly pic.twitter.com/jhYi0xYYwX— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) September 10, 2017