IF Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada can lay declare to being the game’s high rivalry, will probably be for causes which have little to do with readability.
For the third time in a decade, boxing’s most genuine pair of opponents traded punches with abandon over 12 heated rounds, mixing guts with guile, and reminding lucky observers as soon as extra that their type of pugilism—and sportsmanship—is virtually a bygone artwork.
Ultimately, in entrance of a largely pro-Mexican crowd at Gila River Enviornment in Glendale, Arizona, it was Mexico’s Estrada who received the nod on the scorecards, and with it, a bit of the 115-pound crown. The combat marked Estrada’s second straight victory over Gonzalez, however as was the case with their second encounter final March—one of the best out of the trilogy—the ultimate verdict on Saturday night time failed to provide a definitive, passable conclusion.
One choose, Chris Tellez, couldn’t make heads or tails of what he noticed, delivering a tally of 114-114, however he was overruled by two others in Tim Cheatham and Dennis O’Connell, who turned in playing cards that learn 116-112 and 115-113, respectively, each for Estrada. That the scores may have simply have swung within the favor of Gonzalez, the adorned Nicaraguan who has amassed titles throughout 4 divisions, makes for an incomplete coda. The easy treatment to such haziness is to make their trilogy a tetralogy, however who is aware of if that could be a certain factor, given boxing’s advert hoc nature and its company politics.
If there’s any sense of bitterness or frustration that is still from such a spirited tussle, it might be as a result of the official loser has nothing to point out for on his ledger because it pertains to the final 24 rounds of the rivalry. Many, certainly, believed that Gonzalez deserved the nod over Estrada, 32, of their blistering second combat; however the expert Mexican squeaked by then with a majority choice. At 35, Gonzalez has seen higher days, which makes his newest efforts doubly extra spectacular and which is why the the decision of his final two fights with Estrada should be nothing lower than disappointing for his admirers who’re satisfied that the trilogy ought to learn 3-0 in his favor.
However you gained’t discover one iota of resentment from the fighter himself. When requested if he disagreed with the scorecards in a postfight interview, the ever charitable Gonzalez responded by pivoting to the folks within the stands. “It was a pleasant combat for the general public,” Gonzalez mentioned. “I did what I may and that was the consequence.” Feedback like this add credence to the notion that there is no such thing as a one within the sport who fulfills the mandates of a prizefighter, who’s extra attuned to the wants of the fan, than Gonzalez.
It could find yourself haunting Gonzalez that he began off sluggish as soon as once more. As within the second combat, Estrada commanded the tempo of the early rounds by being the busier fighter, circling the ring and tagging Gonzalez with lefts to the physique and proper crosses to the top. Gonzalez dutifully stalked after Estrada however threw comparatively few punches. The 2 opened up within the third spherical, with each fighters firing off combos. Estrada appeared to get the higher hand in these exchanges.
In a digital repeat of their second combat, Gonzalez started to seek out his groove within the latter half of the bout. Within the fifth spherical, Estrada’s work price appeared to take a dip simply as Gonzalez, who’s all the time in ahead movement, appeared to shut the hole. A proper proper hand on the finish of the spherical from Gonzalez signaled that the tide was shifting.
The combos flowed for Gonzalez within the eighth spherical. However Estrada would have his moments, too, in the identical interval. Towards the top of the spherical, the Mexican landed a picturesque left-right uppercut that snapped Gonzalez’s head again, adopted by a left to the physique.
Within the tenth spherical, Estrada, visibly fatigued, began to bleed from the nostril. Gonzalez continued to torment Estrada by trapping him alongside the ropes and unleashing a fusillade of punches.
Within the eleventh spherical, Gonzalez had a few of his greatest moments within the combat, together with what appeared like an eight-punch sequence with Estrada’s again towards the ropes.
Simply because it appeared as if the combat may be getting barely out of attain for him, Estrada responded valiantly within the twelfth spherical. The 2 met in the course of the ring and fired off flurries, however Estrada appeared to have a bit extra juice on his punches.
Flyweight titlist Julio Cesar Martinez of Mexico may by no means bully the fleet-footed—and cagey—Samuel Carmona of Spain the way in which he usually does along with his opponents. Ultimately, Martinez needed to scrape by with a 12-round majority choice.
Whereas Choose Kevin Scott scored the bout even,114-114 even, his colleagues Javier Camacho (117-111) and Chris Flores (116-112) dominated in favor of the Mexican, who had bother all through the combat with Carmona’s hit-and-run type of boxing.
Carmona did his greatest to play spoiler within the second half, neutralizing Martinez’s sparkplug offense however prompting the pro-Martinez crowd to reply with boos.
Prime prospect Diego Pacheco continues to stroll via his principally softly-served opposition.
The 21-year-old native of Los Angeles scored three knockdowns en path to stopping Adrian Luna inside two rounds of their 168-pound bout. Referee Tony Zaino halted the competition at 2-08 of the second.
In a minor upset, veteran Cristofer Rosales of Nicaragua outpointed fast-rising prospect Joselito Velazquez of Mexico over 10 rounds.
Judges Dennis O’Connell (97-93), Tim Cheatham (97-93) and Chris Wilson (97-93) all scored the bout in favor of Rosales, a former flyweight titlist.
Velasquez began off quick however was unable to dominate Rosales the way in which many anticipated. Beforehand considered a scorching commodity, Velasquez shortly discovered himself in a canine combat towards a fighter who was not intimidated by the youthful man’s pace and athleticism.