By Lance Pugmire, LAtimes.com
Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada understands the legacy to boxing his countrymen have contributed in building a fan base unrivaled in the world.
Estrada is doing his part to add to the action-packed lore, with 25 knockouts in 38 pro fights. What separates him, what makes him believe he’ll win a second division title Saturday night at the Forum, is his interest in making his bouts a battle of brainpower instead of brawn.
In the HBO-televised main event, Estrada (36-2, 25 knockouts) meets Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 40 KOs), a World Boxing Council super-flyweight champion who has knocked out 15 of his last 16 foes, including the world’s former No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.
“A lot of people in Mexico know me as the best technician from my country,” Estrada said through a Spanish translator. “I know what I’m doing in there. For me, it’s important to show that aspect in my fights. I have to be smart and intelligent and that’s what I’ll do. But if I can get that knockout, I’ll do it. … I am Mexican. I know that’s what the fans want.”