Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Gets Majority Decision Over Juan Francisco Estrada
Thailand's Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (45-4-1, 40 KOs) retained the WBC Super Flyweight Title upon earning a majority decision win over Juan Francisco Estrada (36-3) in a very entertaining main event on HBO Boxing from The Forum in Inglewood, CA. Rungvisai reassured audiences that his power was indeed real. Estrada indeed had the slicker counterpunching and swifter footwork, but it became obvious that he preferred to avoid rough exchanges inside with Rungvisai. After watching Rungvisai's destruction of Chocolatito in Superfly 1, this was definitely the right strategy for Estrada. Instead, Estrada back peddled and changed directions, landing the faster shots to Rungvisai’s body. However, Rungvisai seemed to land his left hand at will when Estrada moved to his left.
In the fifth round, Rungvisai seemed to go down twice and even appeared stunned as he continued to fight, but the referee ruled that Estrada pushed Rungvisai, so the knockdowns did not count.
In the end, the judges gave a majority decision to Rungvisai. Rungvisai was the more aggressive opponent and threw hundreds more power punches and total punches, but Estrada's punches were more precise. He connected with a higher punch percentage in jabs (18.4%), total punches (28.2%), and power punches (33.2%) as opposed to Rungvisai's jabs (7.5%), total punches (22.1%), and power punches (24.1%).
The judges scored the bout 117-111, 115-113 on two cards, and 114-114.
McWilliams Arroyo Gets Majority Decision Over Carlos Cuadras
McWilliams Arroyo made an excellent showing for himself in the co-main event of the evening after defeating Carlos Cuadras by majority decision in an action-packed bout.
It was Arroyo's pressure and slick combination punching that overwhelmed Cuadras. Cuadras attempted to respond with power punches of his own, but Arroyo was the more elusive and faster fighter. In the few instances that Arroyo seemed stunned, he continued coming. It was obvious that Arroyo's almost two year hiatus did not affect his performance on Saturday night. In fact, he wowed audiences with the upset victory.
One judge ruled the bout 95-95 draw, and the other two judges scored the fight in favor of Arroyo with scores of 98-92 and 97-93.
Donnie Nietes KOs Juan Carlos Reveco
Filipino Donnie Nietes retained his IBF Super Flyweight Championship after earning an impressive knockout victory over Juan Carlos Reveco.
From the opening bell, it seemed that Reveco was going to be trouble as he threw an arsenal of snappy punches in round 1. However, Filipino veteran Nietes quickly turned the tables in round two, landing twice as many punches as his challenger.
Nietes worked the jab, remained composed, and was more defensive. He seemed to slip Reveco's punches with ease and proved that he was the smarter fighter. At the end of the sixth round, a right hand rocked Reveco. He was clearly out on his feet, while his corner tried to argue that the punch landed after the bell. The end came in round seven when Nietes threw the kitchen sink and peppered Reveco with an onslaught of power punches prior to the referee waving off the fight.