Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (45-4-1, 40 KOs) remains the world’s best 115-pound boxer, as he won a majority decision over Juan Francisco Estrada (36-3, 25 KOs) in a tense, very entertaining main event on HBO Boxing. The fight topped the second edition of the SuperFly series, which showcases the top names in the flyweight and super-flyweight divisions. A crowd of 7,827 made their way to The Forum in Inglewood, CA, which exceeds the 7,418 that packed the StubHub Center for the first SuperFly.
Estrada arguably had the better start of the two, showing some crisp counterpunching and avoiding the power shots of Sor Rungvisai. However, the reigning WBC champion steadily built a lead on the scorecards, working his own counters, effectively attacking the body, landing more punches as the rounds progressed, and finding the open spots in Estrada’s defense.
As he’s known to do, “El Gallo” stormed back and tagged Sor Rungvisai on multiple occasions with good combination work and some head-snapping shots. Round 8 in particular saw the fight turn from a high-paced boxing match into a mini-slugfest.
Heading into the final round, with Sor Rungvisai seemingly gaining some control back in the contest, albeit not decisively, Estrada went on all-out attack mode in search of the knockout. It was an absolute war for the last three minutes of the match, and while Estrada outlanded Sor Rungvisai, he couldn’t hurt him enough to get the come-from-behind knockout.
The overwhelmingly pro-Estrada crowd was disappointed with the decision, which was 114-114, 115-113, and a rather wide 117-111, but it was a valiant effort from their countryman, and an overall great fight. Sor Rungvisai rose to prominence with his two wins over Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, and now he’s really shown himself to be one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world.
Check out the highlights:
Juan Francisco Estrada finishes Round 2 with a flurry of heavy punches. #Superfly2 pic.twitter.com/VsyOrWmiaP— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) February 25, 2018
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai buries a big right on Juan Francisco Estrada in Round 4. #Superfly2 pic.twitter.com/1qTi8i3zfw— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) February 25, 2018
Fireworks at the end of Round 5 with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada exchanging powerful blows. #Superfly2 pic.twitter.com/Agyus2ZjKF— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) February 25, 2018
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada going punch-for-punch. #Superfly2 pic.twitter.com/91BbLgI7D7— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) February 25, 2018
Sor Rungvisai and Estrada leaving it all on the canvas in an explosive Round 12. #Superfly2 pic.twitter.com/5qmwjeNwvU— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) February 25, 2018
McWilliams Arroyo (17-3, 14 KOs) def. Carlos Cuadras (36-3-1, 27 KOs) by majority decision (95-95, 97-93, 98-92)
The latest chapter in the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry went the way of Puerto Rico’s Arroyo, who outboxed Cuadras throughout the fight for a deserved decision. It was nevertheless a grueling affair, with Arroyo getting stunned in round 2 but not to the point of being knocked down. Arroyo was a hefty underdog coming into Saturday, but this win sets up a potential shot at Sor Rungvisai, unless we see a rematch between Srisaket and Estrada.
McWilliams Arroyo lands a hard overhand right on Carlos Cuadras in Round 1. #Superfly2 pic.twitter.com/jRImh27fQ2— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) February 25, 2018
Carlos Cuadras momentarily stuns McWilliams Arroyo in Round 2. #Superfly2 pic.twitter.com/7nf5bDfYuq— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) February 25, 2018
Carlos Cuadras and McWilliams Arroyo exchange big blows in Round 5. #Superfly2 #CuadrasArroyo pic.twitter.com/x6C6fxKaWp— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) February 25, 2018
A solid combo from McWilliams Arroyo tests Carlos Cuadras in Round 7. #Superfly2 pic.twitter.com/AMCTKVxMQF— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) February 25, 2018
Donnie Nietes (41-1-4, 23 KOs) def. Juan Carlos Reveco (39-4, 19 KOs) by TKO, round 7 (:53) to defend his IBF flyweight title
Longtime Filipino standout Donnie Nietes looked outstanding against Argentina’s Reveco, putting on a boxing clinic and getting the only stoppage of the card. Nietes was seldom hit, picked his shots well, and just thoroughly outclassed his opponent. Nietes had Reveco hurt at the end of round 6, with Reveco wobbling back to his corner, who thought it was after the bell. It honestly should’ve been over right there, and he was dropped early in round 7. Reveco’s corner saw no point in continuing the punishment, and threw in the towel. Nietes still hasn’t lost a fight since 2004.
Donnie Nietes stuns Juan Carlos Reveco at end of Round 6. #Superfly2 pic.twitter.com/KNnOMNWPQ0— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) February 25, 2018
Juan Carlos Reveco's corner throws in the towel after Donnie Nietes scores a 7th round knockdown. #Superfly2 pic.twitter.com/xsir1FGDmN— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) February 25, 2018
Artem Dalakian (16-0, 11 KOs) def. Brian Viloria (38-6-2, 23 KOs) by unanimous decision (118-109 x3) to win the vacant WBA flyweight title
Ukraine’s Dalakian dominated the faded former world champion out of Hawaii, losing only two rounds on all three judges’ scorecards. Dalakian was docked a point for pushing Viloria down in round 9. Both men did rock each other during the contest, but Dalakian was far too much for the 37-year-old to handle. This fight aired on the RingTV.com preliminary card stream, and not on HBO.