It was expected to be a war, and that’s exactly what we got.
Juan Francisco Estrada retained his WBC and The Ring super flyweight titles and added the WBA (Super) title to his collection with a hard-fought split-decision victory over Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday night.
It was a rematch more than eight years in the making after Chocolatito defeated Estrada in November 2012. Estrada got his revenge in an action-packed, back-and-forth battle.
A super flyweight-record 2,529 punches were thrown in the fight, with Estrada landing 314 of 1,212 (26 percent) while Chocolatito landed 391 of his 1,317 punches thrown (30 percent). But it was Estrada who came out on top, with one scorecard of 115-113 and a rather egregious card that had him ahead 117-111. The third judge favored Chocolatito 115-113. SN scored the fight a 114-114 draw.
“I think I did enough to win,” Estrada (42-3) said. “Chocolatito is a great fighter and I think he deserves the trilogy.”
The fight was all action from the opening bell. Estrada attempted to create distance early while Chocolatito powered through and landed hard combinations. The pendulum swung both ways throughout, with each having their moments. Despite being the underdog, Chocolatito (50-3) demonstrated exactly why he was widely recognized as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world after Floyd Mayweather retired. Every time Estrada would attack, Gonzalez would step through and attempt to return fire with equal velocity.
In the end, Estrada unified the titles, but with the series now 1-1, it’s expected that a third fight will happen. And we won’t have to wait another eight-plus years for it.
Here’s how it all went down:
Estrada vs. Gonzalez 2 live updates
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Round 12 (12:43 a.m.): Estrada lands a hard left hook but Chocolatito comes back with a right hand and a left that lands. They both swarm each other with heavy leather. They are holding nothing back and both are landing with high frequency. Chocolatito is the aggressor and lands a pair of hard right hands. He lights up Estrada with a combination. Chocolatito has Estrada hurt briefly but Estrada won’t stop throwing. This is incredible. Chocolatito and Estrada continue to exchange to the final bell. Unbelievable. 10-9, Chocolatito (114-114)
Round 11 (12:40 a.m.): Estrada rips Chocolatito with a right hand. Firing combinations off the jab. An incensed Chocolatito fires back but Estrada calmly places another three-punch combination on Chocolatito’s face. Very strong round for Estrada but Chocolatito sneaks in a right hand and bounces a left hook off of Estrada’s face. Estrada pushes a right hand round down the middle that causes Chocolatito to take a step back. 10-9, Estrada (105-104, Estrada)
Round 10 (12:35 a.m.): Chocolatito cuts the ring off and lands to the head and body. Estrada with a left hook to the body and head. Hard counter right hand by Estrada. Chocolatito sneaks in an uppercut. Very close round. 10-9, Estrada (95-95)
Round 9 (12:32 a.m.): Estrada is using distance to force Chocolatito to lunge in and Estrada picks him off. Chocolatito lands a combination on the inside and a left hand. Three punch combination by Chocolatito. Estrada answers with a right hand down the middle. 10-9, Chocolatito (86-85, Chocolatito)
Round 8 (12:27 a.m.): The pace continues to be frantic as both are landing big power shots. Chocolatito lands a right hand on the side of Estrada’s head. The action slows down a bit and then Chocolatito rattles off a combination. Estrada lands a combination but Chocolatito lands a left hand clean. 10-9, Chocolatito (76-76)
Round 7 (12:23 a.m.): Chocolatito with a hard right hand but Estrada backs off and fires a three punch combination. Huge right hand from Estrada lands and Chocolatito walks right through it. Right hand from Estrada again. Furious action with Estrada being just a bit more accurate. Wicked combination by Estrada lands clean and it feels like he’s picking up the momentum. Chocolatito fights back but Estrada continues to land. Uppercut by Chocolatito but Estrada bites down and lands a combination. 10-9, Estrada (67-66, Estrada)
Round 6 (12:19 a.m.): For every punch Estrada lands, Chocolatito comes back with two. It’s a close fight but the pressure from Chocolatito is big. However, Estrada is landing with frequency now and puts together a sequence of hard body shots and hooks. Hard right hand by Estrada but Chocolatito keeps coming forward. They exchange. Chocolatito comes roaring back but Estrada closes the round with a four punch combination that ends with a hook to the body. 10-9, Estrada (57-57)
Round 5 (12:16 a.m.): Estrada wraps a left hook around the guard but Chocolatito roars back with a right hand and an uppercut. Feels like Chocolatito’s punches are landing with more force. Huge right hand by Chocolatito breaks Estrada’s guard. Hard combination follows that backs Estrada up. This is turning into a Chocolatito fight. 10-9, Chocolatito (48-47, Chocolatito)
Round 4 (12:11 a.m.:: They open up and Estrada strafes Chocolatito with a left hand. Chocolatito lands a right hand and backs Estrada into the ropes. Chocolatito lands a hard left hand behind the ear of Estrada. Estrada roars back with a combination but Chocolatito lands a hard right hand that wobbles Estrada briefly. It’s a firefight that Chocolatito is getting the better of. Estrada fighting back but Chocolatito is having a ton of success with the right hand. 10-9, Chocolatito (38-38)
Round 3 (12:07 a.m.): Chocolatito is coming forward but Estrada lands a three punch combination. Body head combination by Estrada. Chocolatito winging punches but Estrada avoiding damage while giving some back. Straight right hand by Chocolatito is answered by another series of punches by Estrada. 10-9, Estrada (29-28, Estrada)
Round 2 (12:04 a.m.): Chocolatito has yet to get going as Estrada continues to set the tone by going to the head and body while pressing the action. Estrada lands a hard right hand and follows with a combination. One man is heading up. Chocolatito finally answers with a right hand that lands. Another combination by Chocolatito. Hard right hand by Chocolatito. He’s picking his spots and beginning to land with more frequency. Strong bounce back round by Chocolatito. 10-9, Chocolatito (19-19)
Round 1 (11:59 p.m.): Estrada cloes the distance immediately. He’s pumping the jab and forcing Chocolatito to fight off of his back foot. Estrada lands to the body and sneaks a left hand between the guard. Chocolatito lands a lunging left hook. Estrada mixing up his approach and takes the round. 10-9, Estrada
11:40 p.m.: The main event is upon us. After Chocolatito defeated a young Estrada comes the rematch eight years in the making. But the tables may have turned as Juan Francisco Estrada has become a pound for pound fighter while Chocolatito aims to reclaim his past glory.
Jessica McCaskill retains undisputed championship with wide decision over Cecilia Braekhus
Result: Just like the last fight, McCaskill used pressure and volume to overwhelm Braekhus to pull away early. This time, though, she didn’t need the point deduction as she won with wide scores of 100-89, 99-90 and 98-91. The judges clearly favored McCaskill’s aggression. As for Braekhus, could this be her last fight?
Round 10 (11:30 p.m.): Both ladies are fighting like they want it but McCaskill’s constant pressure is proving to be the difference-maker. Braekhus begins to land with more frequency toward the end of the round and may steal it but the fight belongs to McCaskill. 10-9, Braekhus (97-92, McCaskill)
Round 9 (11:27 p.m.): McCaskill’s aggressive approach has just been too much for Braekhus to this point. The punches are heavier and landing at bit more cleaner than those of Braekhus. With the rounds being so short, she continues to leave a lasting impression with her approach. 10-9, McCaskill (88-82, McCaskill)
Round 8 (11:24 p.m.): Braekhus needs a knockout and is aware that the point deduction has her well behind on the scorecards. McCaskill lands a right hand while Braekhus is the busier puncher. But McCaskill has been more effective and takes a close round. 10-9, McCaskill (78-73, McCaskill)
Round 7 (11:21 p.m.): More of the same from McCaskill and, surprisingly, the referee docks Braekhus a point for holding. That’s going to hurt. 10-8, McCaskill (68-64, McCaskill)
Round 6 (11:18 p.m.): McCaskill attempts to swarm Braekhus but is met with a jab and a right hand. She finds a home for the long jab and fends off her opponent’s advances. 10-9, Braekhus (58-56, McCaskill)
Round 5 (11:14 p.m.): It’s rinse and repeat for McCaskill as she simply throws punches while moving forward and manages to land several on her way in. Braekhus lands a combination and a left hand toward the end of the round to sneak it out. 10-9, Braekhus (49-46, McCaskill)
Round 4 (11:11 p.m.): Braekhus is trying to create distance but McCaskill has no respect for her power and charges right in. Right hand by McCaskill over the top is the most meaningful punch of the round as Braekhus just can’t seem to land anything clean. 10-9, McCaskill (40-36, McCaskill)
Round 3 (11:08 p.m.): McCaskill is successfully turning this into a brawl instead of a boxing match and lands a right hand behind the head. Braekhus having a hard time finding a rhythm and walks into another right hand. A quick combination by Braekhus briefly backs off McCaskill. Another right hand lands for McCaskill. Braekhus needs to figure something out because McCaskill is running away with this early. 10-9, McCaskill (30-27, McCaskill)
Round 2 (11:05 p.m.): McCaskill goes right at Braekhus again. They mix it up and McCaskill gets the better of the exchange. Braekhus lands a hard uppercut and follows with a combination. McCaskill runs her right into an overhand right that staggers her again. Yet another close round that ends up going to McCaskill with a late power shot. 10-9, McCaskill (20-18, McCaskill)
Round 1 (11:03 p.m.): As expected, McCaskill opens aggressively and immediately presses the action. McCaskill lands a hard right hand. Braekhus looking to pick her spots but McCaskill isn’t giving her much breathing room. Right hand lands for Braekhus and a combination follows. McCaskill sneaks in a left hand. A hard left wobbles Braekhus badly as the round comes to a close. Great start by McCaskill. (10-9, McCaskill).
10:52 p.m.: Up next is the rematch between Jessica McCaskill and Cecilia Braekhus for the undisputed women’s welterweight champion. McCaskill stunned the previously unbeaten Braekhus to take the WBC, IBF, WBO and WBA titles with a controversial decision victory. Braekhus now adds her The Ring welterweight title to the mix as everything is on the line in this showdown.
10:09 p.m.: In a disappointing turn of events, Hiroto Kyoguchi retained his WBA junior flyweight title against Axel “El Mini” Vega when Vega was forced to retire do to injury in the fifth round. It was a competitive fight throughout with Kyoguchi seemingly ahead until Vega threw a right hand that landed on his opponent but resulted in a broken hand. Vega turned his back in pain immediately and the fight was halted as Vega left himself completely defenseless. It’s unfortunate as the clash was entertaining and happened to be Kyoguchi’s United States debut.
9:34 p.m.: Austin “Ammo” Williams staked his claim as one of the brightest young talents in boxing with a dominant performance against late replacement Denis Douglin to earn a unanimous decision. Williams improved to 8-0 against an opponent who has been in there with the likes of David Benavidez, George Groves and Jermell Charlo. Williams looked to get a finish and appeared to come close on a few occasions but Douglin’s veteran experience allowed him to hang in there when the going got tough. But for Williams, this was a fantastic performance by a young fighter looking to be noticed.
8:50 p.m.: Raymond Ford was supposed to easily improve to 9-0 against the unheralded Aaron Perez. Instead, he came away with a disappointing split draw after Perez broguht the fight to Ford from the opening bell and refused to allow Ford to get into any sort of comfort zone. The 78-74 scorecard for Perez was absurd but Ford needs to take the blame for allowing a fighter that he was clearly better than put him in position to lose. He ended up with a draw but, more importantly, a learning lesson to take every opponent seriously.
Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Roman Gonzalez 2 fight date, start time
Canelo vs. Yildirim fight date, start time
- Date: Saturday, March 13
- Start time: 8 p.m. ET
- Estrada vs. Gonzalez main event:11 p.m. ET (approx.)
The Roman Gonzalez vs. Juan Francisco Estrada 2 fight card takes place on Saturday, March 13, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Gonzalez and Estrada are expected to make their way to the ring about 11 p.m. ET, although that depends on how long the earlier fights take.
Estrada vs. Gonzalez 2 TV channel, live stream
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Estrada vs. Gonzalez 2 fight card
- Juan Francisco Estrada def. Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez via split decision (115-113, 117-111, 113-115) for the WBA & WBC super flyweight titles
- Jessica McCaskill def. Cecilia Braekhus via unanimous decision (100-89, 99-90, 98-91) to retain the WBC, IBF, WBO, WBA and The Ring women’s welterweight titles.
- Hiroto Kyoguchi def. Axel Vega via 5th-round TKO (1:32) to retain the WBA junior flyweight title.
- Austin Williams def. Denis Douglin via unanimous decision (79-73, 79-73, 77-75).
- Raymond Ford and Aaron Perez fought to a split draw (77-75, 74-78, 76-76).