By Peter Wells, boxingnewsandviews.com
Apart from a stoppage of Jose Salgado and a points loss to Carlos Cuadras, the career of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai can be practically ignored up until the start of 2017.
The Thailand man had fought and beaten a host of debutants and fighters with losing records in his home country, and when he was picked out to fight the pound-for-pound number 1 fighter Roman Gonzalez, it was simply a formality.
But that infamous night in March went wrong for so many who had believed the unbeaten Gonzalez would take his already brilliant career to the next level as a mainstream star.
Those dreams were damaged by a majority decision in favour of the new WBC Super Flyweight champion. They were then utterly dismantled when Rungvisai ruined a confidence-lacking ‘Chocolatito’ in 4 rounds later that year.
The revenge mission was laid to rest, and promoters took the positives from promoting a new star in boxing’s most exciting division.
This card labelled ‘SuperFly 2’ will yet again lift the lighter weight classes into the light, highlighting where casual fight fans searching for blood and guts wars should be looking.
Rungvisai 44-4-1(40KO’s) will now put his own future on the line against a man who has been for years just one step behind Gonzalez. It is not the revenge mission he hoped for, but Juan Francisco Estrada now has his shot at taking over as the man in the Super Flyweight division.
Estrada 36-2(25KO’s) lacked the necessary experience when he lost on points to Gonzalez in 2012, but he has since brushed aside the likes of Brian Viloria, Milan Melindo, Giovani Segura, Hernan Marquez and last time out Cuadras.
His win over Cuadras was tight, but his countryman is an elite fighter himself, and the victory should hold him in great stead coming into a bout between two of the world’s best.