SUPERFLY triple header featuring Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez II, Carlos Cuadras vs Juan Francisco Estrada and Naoya Inoue vs Antonio Nieves official ringside $250 full ticket billed "SUPERFLY", 9th September 2017, StubHub Center, Carson, CA.
One of boxing's special nights featuring six of the best super flyweights in boxing who gave fight fans enthralling and epic contests in a venue that becomes a gladiators pit when the sun succumbs to the darkness.
The brilliant career of Roman Gonzalez hangs in the balance after he was dominated and knocked out in the fourth round by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in front of a sell-out 7,418 crowd at Carson’s StubHub Center.
The pair engaged in a thrilling 12-round war in March which culminated controversially when the verdict and WBC super-flyweight belt was handed to Sor Rungvisai, but there was no doubts whatsoever about the victor here, as the southpaw controlled the opening three sessions before flooring the Nicaraguan with a huge right hand in the fourth. Gonzalez expected beforehand to prove that the first bout was an aberration managed to get up, but was soon knocked cold by another sizzling blast from the Thai’s right mitt. At 1-18 of the session, referee Tom Taylor signalled the contest was over without bothering to count to hand the southpaw a standout victory.
“I trained very hard for four months,” Sor Rungvisai said afterwards. “I fought for Thailand, and this is what I dedicate this fight to, Thailand. For the first fight I only trained for two months. For this fight I trained for four months. I knew I was going to knock him out.”
The underdog was warned in the opening round for using his head as four-weight titlist Gonzalez – surely heading for the Hall of Fame irrespective of whether he fights again or not – struggled to find his range. The rivals went hell for leather in the third round as the contest appeared to be warming up in a similar manner to their first encounter. Instead, Sor Rungvisai ended matters in the next round to dramatically underline his arrival among the sport’s elite.
“Srisaket took the opportunity of winning the lottery,” observed Gonzalez’s promoter, Tom Loeffler. “He beat the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and beat him in New York, and then he beat him more convincingly the second time. Now he has to be considered one of the best in the world. You saw Roman really packed the house, and Srisaket came into a hostile environment and proved he is a true champion. He has tremendous punching power.”
The defeated Gonzalez, 30, remained on the canvas for several minutes and received medical attention before being taken to hospital as a precaution. Hindsight will tell us that the 115lb division was perhaps a step too far for “Chocolatito”. Indeed, the manner of his demise makes a successful comeback hard to envision but Gonzalez, who also previously held world belts at straw, light-fly and flyweight, long ago assured his place in history.
“We were both trading punches, but his were harder, and they landed harder,” said Gonzalez. “I was very hurt the second time when I was knocked down, but I think I’ll be okay.”
Fight of the night came when Juan Francisco Estrada edged Carlos Cuadras in a 12-round all-Mexican humdinger on the undercard, with all three judges notching 114-113 in Estrada’s favour. A knockdown in the 10th, scored by Estrada courtesy of a right to the nose, was crucial in deciding this super-flyweight slugfest.
However, confusion occured when the verdict was initially announced in Cuadras’ favour.
“I was surprised when he announced Cuadras,” Estrada said. “It had to be wrong. I felt like I was being robbed.”
No matter, justice was done in the end. Cuadras started fast and appeared to be heading towards a memorable triumph through the first half before Estrada chipped away at the lead during the dramatic last six rounds.
Like main event winner Sor Rungvisai, Estrada is now targeting a showdown with the brilliant Naoya Inoue, who impressed on his American debut as he savaged an overmatched Antonio Nieves to defend his WBO super-flyweight strap for the sixth time.
Inoue – who raised eyebrows in 2014 when he jumped from light-flyweight to dethrone long-time champion Omar Andres Narvaez in just two rounds – was relentless from the start, hurting Nievas in the second with a body attack. After six rounds of sustained and educated pressure, the challenger’s corner wisely signalled to referee Lou Monet that enough was enough.
“I’m very happy with my performance,” Inoue said. “He was a brave warrior, but tonight, I was too good for him. I’m very pleased to fight in the United States and thank HBO. I want to come back here to fight again soon. I will fight anybody, and I want to do it as soon as possible.”
Wisaksil Wangek (Thai: วิศักดิ์ศิลป์ วังเอก; born December 8, 1986), also known as Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (ศรีสะเกษ ศ.รุ่งวิสัย), is a Thai. He is a two-time WBC super flyweight champion, having held the title since March 2017, and previously from 2013 to 2014. As of September 2017, he is ranked as the World's best active boxer in the division by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and BoxRec, and second by The Ring magazine. BoxRec also ranks him as the World's fifth best active boxer, pound for pound.
Sor Rungvisai came from a very poor family in Sisaket Province in Thailand, and he had to move into Bangkok to escape from poverty when he was only 13 years old. When he arrived in Bangkok, he had to walk more than 60 miles by foot to apply for a job as a trash collector at a department store in order to feed himself. Life was so difficult for him that he sometimes had to eat leftovers he collected from the garbage just to survive.
He signed with Nakornloung Promotion, Thailand as a professional boxer in 2009. 2 years later, Sor Rungvisai won the WBC Asian Boxing Council super flyweight title and went on to defend it 4 times between June 2011 and December 2012. His current promoter is Thainchai Pisitwuttinan of Nakornloung Promotion.
WBC Super Flyweight Champion
In an intense fight, Sor Rungvisai became the new WBC Super Flyweight World champion by knocking out Yota Sato on May 2013 in his native Sisaket. From the beginning of the fight, Sor Rungvisai harassed Sato, who tried to use his jab to keep Sor Rungvisai at bay, but the latter never relented on his pressure. The end came in round 8. Sor Rungvisai viciously hammered the defending champion with power shots until Italian referee Guido Cavalleri halted the fight after 1:23, giving Sor Rungvisai a TKO victory. "What a fight! It was a war between two honorable fighters. Sato did not want to lose. Each round was toe-to-toe action until Sor Rungvisai overpowered Sato in the eighth" commented promoter Pisitwuttinan Thainchai.
Sor Rungvisai's first defence came against Hirofumi Mukai. Mukai was overpowered from the early stages and his corner threw in the towel in the ninth round of the bout. The fight in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Mukai was previously knocked down once in round 2. “It was a total defeat,” said the 27-year-old Mukai, who dropped to a record of 9-3-1. “I can’t remember how I fought at all."
Sor Rungvisai's first reign came to an end against Carlos Cuadras in May 2014. Referee Jay Nady stopped the fight after Cuadras was cut over his left eye due to a headbutt in round 8. According to WBC rules, Sor Rungvisai was deducted a point in all scorecards. Cuadras won a unanimous technical decision (78-73, 77-74, 77-75) to dethrone Sor Rungvisai. As many other Thai World champions, Sor Rungvisai often fought against journeymen and prospects in between his official defences.
Sor Rungvisai vs Salgado
Following his defeat against Cuadras, Sor Rungvisai reclaimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council title and made one successful defence of it before earning a shot at the WBC Silver title.
Sor Rungvisai scored a savage 4th round knockout of prospect José Salgado Fernández on May 2015. A series of left hands left Salgado defenceless, with a final right hook from Sor Rungvisai producing the knockdown and prompting the referee to immediately halt the contest in round 4. The fight between Sor Rungvisai and Salgado aired live on Channel 7 in Thailand, and also streamed live on the network's website. With the victory, Sor Rungvisai claimed the WBC Silver title and became the mandatory challenger to the WBC's super flyweight titlist, Carlos Cuadras. Sor Rungvisai's handlers sought to host the rematch against Cuadras in Thailand. Negotiations between Cuadras and Sor Rungvisai stalled, with Cuadras going on to lose his title against Román González on September 2016. Sor Rungvisai kept busy fighting in Thailand, scoring 8 knockouts in 18 months following his win over Salgado.
Sor Rungvisai vs González
The WBC ordered González to make his first defence against Sor Rungvisai. The fight was scheduled for the undercard of Golovkin vs Jacobs on March 2017. On fight night, Sor Rungvisai put Gonzalez down with a body shot in the first round. González came back and won several rounds, despite two cuts over his eyes. Sor Runvisai lost a point due to repeated head butting. According to CompuBox, Gonzalez outlanded Sor Rungvisai 441 (of 1,014) to 284 (of 940) overall. Gonzalez also had an edge in power punches, 372 to 277. Sor Rungvisai ended up winning a controversial majority decision (113-113, 114-112, 114-112). After the fight, González stated "I thought I won the fight. I want an immediate rematch. I want to get my title back." González earned a career high purse $500,000 whilst Rungvisai earned $75,000.
Following his upset win over González, Sor Rungvisai was appointed a police officer in Sisaket Province, and enrolled in the Faculty of Political Science, Chalermkarnchana University.
Sor Rungvisai vs Gonzalez II
On April 4, 2017 the WBC ordered a direct rematch to take place between González and Sor Rungvisai. Sor Rungvisai was due to fight mandatory challenger Carlos Cuadras. However, due to the direct rematch clause on the contract for the original fight, the WBC ordered Cuadras to fight the next available contender, former unified flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC interim title. The winners of both fights would then fight each other. On June 6, promoter Tom Loeffler said the rematch would take place on September 9 on HBO at a location in California. Japanese super flyweight Naoya Inoue was in line to make his American TV debut on the same card. Mexican promoter Osvaldo Küchle revealed that Cuadras and Estrada would fight on the undercard for the WBC interim title. On July 6, Loeffler announced the event would take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The event also featured WBO champion Naoya Inoue and is considered historic as one of the biggest cards of all time in the smaller weight classes. The fight was also to be shown live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
At the 7-day weigh in on September 3, González weighed 119.8 lbs and Rungvisai weighed in at 119 lbs. Per WBC rules, both boxers were required to weigh no more than 121 lbs. At the official weigh-in one day before the fight, González tipped the scales at 114.8 lbs, while Sor Rungvisai weighed 115 lbs. González would be paid a career high $600,000 purse, while Sor Rungvisai made $170,000.
On fight night, in front of a pro-González sell-out crowd of 7,418, González suffered his second consecutive career defeat and failed to regain the WBC title, after being knocked out by Sor Rungvisai in the fourth round of their rematch. The opening round started with both fighters throwing heavy shots. Sor Rungvisai began to work the body straight away. In round 4, González was knocked down hard from a left to the head. González beat the count getting up at 7, but on unsteady legs. Rungvisai then finished the badly hurt González with a right to the head that put him down flat on his back. Referee Tom Taylor didn't bother with a count, waiving the fight off at 1:18 of the round. González was taken to the hospital after the fight for precaution. Like the first fight, an accidental headbutt occurred in round 1. When González complained and the crowd booed, the referee warned Rungvisai.
After the fight, Sor Rungvisai stated that he had prepared for four months in order to knock González out, "I trained very hard for four months. I fought for Thailand, and this is what I dedicate this fight to, Thailand. For the first fight I only trained for two months. I knew I was going to knock him out." González was humble in defeat, "We were both trading punches, but his were harder, and they landed harder. I was very hurt the second time when I was knocked down, but I think I'll be OK." Loeffler also spoke to HBO about González's future, "I don't think he's done. When you fight a guy like Srisaket, he took the opportunity of winning the lottery. He beat the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and beat him in New York, and then he beat him more convincingly the second time. Now he has to be considered one of the best in the World. You saw Roman really packed the house, and Srisaket came into a hostile environment and proved he is a true champion. He has tremendous punching power." Compubox stats showed that Rungvisai landed 80 of his 291 punches thrown (27%) and González landed 58 of 212 (27%). All 80 of Rungvisai's landed punches were power shots.
After the fight, Sor Rungvisai stated that he was willing to fight anyone at super flyweight, whether it was his new mandatory challenger Juan Francisco Estrada, who defeated Carlos Cuadras earlier that evening, or WBO champion Naoya Inoue.
Román Alberto González Luna (June 17, 1987), best known as Román Gonzalez, is a Nicaraguan. He is the current WBC, Lineal and The Ring magazine flyweight champion and WBC super flyweight champion, as well as a former WBA light flyweight, WBA minimumweight champion. He is the only four-division World champion in Nicaragua's history, having surpassed his former mentor, idol, and three-division World champion Alexis Arguello. With a knockout ratio of 83%, he is currently considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport.
Dubbed "El Chocolatito", an 18 year old González turned pro in the Minimumweight/Light Flyweight divisions in 2005. In his debut, he fought at the Pharaohs Casino in Managua, Nicaragua against 23 year old Ramon Urbina (0-1, 0 KOs) in a scheduled 4 round fight. Gonzalez won via knockout in round 2. In his 9th professional fight, Gonzalez, who had won his first 8 pro fights all by knockout, challenged Oscar Murillo (11-10, 8 KOs) for the vacant Nicaraguan and vacant WBA Fedecentro light flyweight titles. Gonzalez won via a 1st round knockout. Gonzalez won his first 16 fights all by way of knockout, before meeting Hiroshi Matsumoto (17-7-4, 8 KOs) at the Bunka Gym in Yokohama, Japan on January 14, 2008. The fight went the full 10 round as Gonzalez picked up the win via unanimous decision (100-90 twice, 98-92).
WBA World Minimumweight Champion
González vs Niida
Gonzalez challenged the WBA World minimumweight champion Yutaka Niida (23-1-3, 9 KOs) in Yokohama, Japan and scored a technical knockout to win the title in 58 seconds of the fourth round on September 15, 2008. Gonzalez was ahead on all three judges scorecards at the time of stoppage (30-27, 3 times).
After winning the WBA title, González made his debut at flyweight on December 13, 2008 where he stopped Miguel Tellez (18-11, 6 KOs) in the 3rd of a 10-round bout.
González vs Rosas
He went back to minimumweight on February 28, 2009 to defend his World crown against Francisco Rosas (20-5-2, 12 KOs) which he won by majority decision (116-112, 115-113 & 114-114). This was Gonzalez's first time fighting in Mexico.
González vs Takayama
In July 2009, Gonzalez defended his World title at the World Memorial Hall in Japan against Katsunari Takayama (23-3, 9 KOs). After 12 rounds, the three judges all scored it 118-110 for Gonzalez. In January 2010, Gonzalez knocked out Ivan Meneses (14-5-1, 8 KOs) in round 3, before the fight was stopped in round 4 to retain his World title.
WBA World Light Flyweight Champion
After vacating his minimumweight title, Gonzalez moved up light flyweight and defeated Jesus Limones (10-1-1, 4 KOs) via 2nd TKO.
González vs Rosas
A 23 year old Gonzalez won the vacant WBA Interim Light Flyweight Title against Mexican Francisco Rosas (21-7-2, 12 KOs) in Tokyo on October 24, 2010. This was the second time they had fought, having previously fought a minimumweight. Gonzalez won by KO in the second round. Rosas was knocked down three times in this fight. Gonzalez said after his first fight against Francisco Rosas that he had to fight being ill with severe stomach disorders, and that was the reason why he looked so sluggish and tired. Gonzalez was promoted to full champion in February 2011.
Gonzalez was victorious over Mexican boxers, Manuel Vargas (30-7-1, 15 KOs) via unanimous decicion (119-109, 116-112 twice) and Omar Salado (22-3-2, 13 KOs) via round 7 TKO respectively in March and July, both in Mexico, he retained the title.
González vs Soto
In his third defence, fighting for the first time at the Marquee Ballroom in MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 1, 2011, González knocked out Omar Soto (22-8-2, 15 KOs) with his straight right, left uppercut combinations 36 seconds of the 2nd round. Soto weighed in at 111lb, which is above the weight limit.
On March 17, 2012 Gonzalez faced Manuel Jimenez (11-2-1, 5 KOs) at Sinaloa, Mexico, defeating Jimenez via 1st round KO. This was a non-title fight.
On April 28, 2012 Gonzalez defended his WBA World light flyweight title against Ramon Garcia Hirales (16-3-1, 9 KOs) at the Fairplex in Pinomona, California. The fight ended as the count was waived by referee Raul Caiz Jr, after Garcia was knocked down twice in the 4th round. Gonzalez was ahead 30-27 on all three judges scorecards at the time of stoppage.
Gonzalez moved up to Flyweight on October 6, 2012 fighting undefeated 23 year old Stiven Monterrosa (9-0-2, 8 KOs) at the Hotel Holiday Inn in Managua, Nicaragua. Monterrosa was knocked down in rounds 1 and 2.
González vs Estrada
On 17 November 12, 2012, Gonzalez defeated 22 year old Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada (26-1, 20 KOs) at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in an entertaining unanimous decision. This was the second time Gonzalez was fighting in California and the third time in the United States. The judges scored it (118-110, 116-112 twice) all in favour for Gonzalez. On May 25, Gonzalez stopped Colombian Ronald Barrera (30-11-2, 18 KOs) in five rounds at Polideportivo España, Managua, Nicaragua. Referee Onofre Ramirez stopped the fight in round 5 after Barrera was knocked down.
On September 21, 2013 he defeated Francisco Rodríguez, Jr. by TKO in the 7th round. He then defeated Mexicans Oscar Blanquet, Juan Kantun and Philippine Juan Purisima, taking his professional record to 39-0, with 33 wins coming by way of knockout.
WBC, Lineal & The Ring World Flyweight Champion
González vs Yaegashi
González defeated Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10 KOs) via ninth-round TKO on September 5, 2014 at the Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan to win the Lineal, WBC and The Ring Flyweight titles, becoming a boxing triple champion. Yaegashi was knocked down in rounds 3 and 9. Referee Michael Griffin stopped the fight after a final uppercut to Yaegashi. At the time of stoppage the three judges had the fight (80-71 & 79-72 twice) in favour of Gonzalez.
González retained the titles against Rocky Fuentes on November 22, 2014 via sixth-round TKO. Gonzalez fought Valentin Leon in a non-title bout on February 28, 2015, Gonzalez won via a 3rd round TKO. Gonzalez defeated Mexico's Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs) at The Forum, in Inglewood, California on HBO World Championship Boxing via a 2nd round TKO. Sosa was down 3 times in round 2. Sosa made no effort to try to get up after the third knockdown. González earned a career high $200,000 against Sosa.
González vs Viloria
Gonzalez defeated 34 year old American Brian Viloria (36-4, 22 KO's) at Madison Square Garden in New York City via a 9th round TKO to retain his World titles on October 17 on the undercard of a middleweight unification bout between Golovkin and Lemieux. In round 9, Gonzalez landed a wide-open right hand that snapped Viloria's head to the side, after taking further a beating, referee Benjy Esteves Jr. stepped in and stopped the fight at 2 minutes, 52 seconds. According to CompuBox, Gonzalez landed 335 of 805 punches (42 percent), and Viloria was limited to landing only 186 of 594 (31 percent). Gonzalez was ahead on all 3 judges scorecards (78-73 twice, 79-72) before the knockdown and also knocked Viloria down in the 3rd round. With the win, González moved to 14-0 in World title bouts. González earned a $250,000 purse.
González vs Arroyo
Gonzalez defeated 30 year old Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs) on April 23, 2016 at The Forum, Inglewood, California on a co-feature of World Middlewight title bout between Golovkin vs Wade. Gonzalez won via unanimous decision ending his ten-fight stoppage streak. Judges scored the bout (120-108) and (119-109) twice. Gonzalez landed 360 of 1,132 (32%) total punches while Arroyo landed 193 of 711 (27%) of his total punches. González earned a career high $300,000 purse for this fight.
González vs Cuadras
K2 Promotions announced on July 14, González will move up to 115 pounds to challenge Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs) for his WBC Super Flyweight title on September 10, 2016 at The Forum in Inglewood in a bid to become Nicaragua's first ever 4-weight World champion. The fight will be part of a HBO split-site telecast on which K2 stablemate and unified middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin will fight against welterweight titlist Kell Brook at the O2 Arena in London. That night, HBO will have live coverage of Cuadras-Gonzalez along with a replay of Golovkin-Brook. González defeated Cuadras via 12 round unanimous decision to become the WBC super flyweight champion. After the win, González made history by becoming the first fighter in the history of Nicaragua to capture four titles in four weight divisions.
Death of Arnulfo Obando
On November 8, 2016 Gonzalez's long time trainer Arnulfo Obando was hospitalized after suffering a stroke earlier in the week and it was said that he was in serious condition. Upon arriving at the hospital, he was declared brain dead and his family was called to his bedside. On November 11, the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed in a statement that Obando had died at the age of 53. It was also said that Gonzalez would take a break from boxing. On January 24, 2017 Gonzalez started his training camp and announced that his father, Luis Gonzalez would be his head trainer.
González vs Sor Rungvisai
In December 2016, at the 54th WBC Convention, president Mauricio Sulaiman announced that a rematch would take place between González and Cuadras for the WBC title in March 2017. The winner of the rematch will need to fight WBC #2 mandatory and WBC silver champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (41-4-1, 38 KOs), who also goes by the name of Wisaksil Wangek. Gonzalez stated he hasn't agreed to a rematch or signed any contracts for a rematch to take place as he is not obligated to do so. Gonzalez also spoke about the purse offered to him for a rematch, "The HBO people are offering me very low money, so I can not accept that fight. I've been struggling to get a good purse, because we are the World's number one pound for pound." It was reported that Gonzalez was looking for a purse of around $1 million.
On January 5, Gonzalez's manager Carlos Blandon said that an opponent would be announced in ten days. A day later, due to Gonzalez not being obliged to give Cuadras a rematch, Sulaimán said in conference, Rungvisai will get a chance to fight Gonzalez next. The fight was officially announced on January 7 and serve as the co-feature for Gennady Golovkin vs Daniel Jacobs at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2017. Coming into the fight Rungvisai had lost just once since 2010, which came to Cuadras in 2014 via technical decision.
On fight night, Gonzalez was knocked down in round 1 following a body shot and went on to lose his first professional fight as well as the WBC super flyweight title via majority decision. Waleska Roldan scored the fight 113-113 even, whilst Glenn Feldman and Julie Lederman scored it the same 114-112, 114-112 in favour of Rungvisai. ESPN scored the bout wide 117-109 in favour of Gonzalez. Many boos were heard around the arena filled with 19,939. In round 3, Gonzalez suffered a cut over his right eye, via an accidental clash of heads. The cut was maintained by his corner throughout the fight, but still flowed on the side of his face. Rungvisai lost a point in round 6 due to another clash of heads. After the decision was read out, Gonzalez made his way towards the locker room. He told a reporter through a translator that he thought he won the match, and wanted an immediate rematch, "I thought I won the fight. I want an immediate rematch. I want to get my title back." Compubox stats showed Gonzalez landed 441 of his 1,013 thrown (44%), whilst Rungvisai landed 284 of 940 (30%). Gonzalez out landed Rungvisai in 10 rounds. He also set a super flyweight record for landing 372 power shots. González earned a career high purse $500,000 whilst Rungvisai earned $75,000.
González vs Sor Rungvisai II
K2 director Tom Loeffler stated on March 31 that González would seek a rematch with Sor Rungvisai. On April 4, 2017 the WBC ordered a direct rematch to take place between González and Sor Rungvisai. The winner of the first fight was due to fight mandatory challenger Carlos Cuadras. However, due to the direct rematch, the WBC ordered Cuadras to fight the next available contender, former unified flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC interim title. The winner of both fights would then proceed to fight each other. WBC rationalized this with the following statement,
“Rules regarding accidental head butts were not used, but most importantly, considering the public demand to witness once again a great match between these two great fighters, the WBC has granted the request.”
Loeffler confirmed a date in the fall of 2017 would be considered and a venue will be discussed with representatives of Rungvisai. On June 6, Loeffler said the rematch would take place on September 9 on HBO at a location in California. It was said the Japanese super flyweight Naoya Inoue would be in line to make his American TV debut on the same card. On June 7, González travelled to Japan to negotiate a deal with Teiken Promotions for the fight. One of the main reasons for discussing the contract, was his purse. It was revealed by Mexican promoter Osvaldo Küchle, that Cuadras and Estrada would fight on the undercard for the WBC interim title. On July 6, Tom Loeffler announced the fight would take place at the The StubHub Center in Carson, California. The event also features WBO champion Naoya Inoue and is considered historic as one of the biggest cards of all time in the smaller weight classes. It was confirmed the fight would be shown live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
At the 7-day weigh-in on September 3, González weighed 119.8 lbs and Rungvisai weighed in at 119 lbs. Per WBC rules, both boxers were required to weigh no more than 121 lbs. At the official weigh-in one day before the fight, González tipped the scales at 114.8 lbs, while Sor Rungvisai weighed 115 lbs. González would be paid a career high $600,000 purse, while Sor Rungvisai will make $170,000.
On fight night, in front of a pro-González sell-out crowd of 7,418, González suffered his second consecutive career defeat and failed to regain the WBC title, after being knocked out by Sor Rungvisai in the fourth round of their rematch. The opening round started with both fighters throwing heavy shots. Sor Rungvisai began to work the body straight away. In round 4, González was knocked down hard from a left to the head. González beat the count getting up at 7, but on unsteady legs. Rungvisai then finished the badly hurt González with a right to the head that put him down flat on his back. Referee Tom Taylor didn't bother with a count, waiving the fight off at 1:18 of the round. González was taken to the hospital after the fight for precuation. Like the first fight, an accidental headbutt occurred in round 1, when González complained and the crowd booed, the referee warned Rungvisai.
After the fight, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai stated that he had prepared for four months in order to knock González out, "I trained very hard for four months. I fought for Thailand, and this is what I dedicate this fight to, Thailand. For the first fight I only trained for two months. I knew I was going to knock him out." González was humble in defeat, "We were both trading punches, but his were harder, and they landed harder. I was very hurt the second time when I was knocked down, but I think I'll be OK." Promoter Tom Loeffler also spoke to HBO in regards to González's future, "I don't think he's done. When you fight a guy like Srisaket, he took the opportunity of winning the lottery. He beat the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and beat him in New York, and then he beat him more convincingly the second time. Now he has to be considered one of the best in the World. You saw Roman really packed the house, and Srisaket came into a hostile environment and proved he is a true champion. He has tremendous punching power." Compubox stats showed that Rungvisai landed 80 of his 291 punches thrown (27%) and González landed 58 of 212 (27%). All 80 of Rungvisai's landed punches were power shots. González stated that he wouldn't return to the flyweight division, as he was unable to reach the 112 lbs limit and that he was interested in competing for a fifth World title, but he was also considering retirement.
González is managed by Carlos Blandon Vidaurre, and is promoted by Japan's Teiken Promotions.
González has two children and lives in Managua, Nicaragua. He has stated that although he fights for honour and glory, the main reason is to provide for his family. He is a practicing Christian and a publicly open supporter of the FSLN political group in Nicaragua.
Carlos Roberto Cuadras Quiroa (born August 24, 1988 in Guamúchil, Sinaloa, Mexico) is a Mexican in the Super Flyweight division who is the former WBC Super Flyweight Champion. Cuadras also was a Gold Medalist in the Bantamweight division at the 2007 Pan American Games.
Cuadras won the Gold medal at the 2007 PanAmerican Games by beating local James Pereira and winning the final against Dominican southpaw Claudio Marrero 15-11.
At the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships he lost to Joe Murray: 19-28.
In February 2010, Cuadras knocked out Oswaldo Rodriguez to win the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Flyweight Championship at the Poliforum Zamná in Mérida, Yucatán.
Cuadras is managed by his father Rosario Cuadras, and promoted by Japan's Teiken Promotions. He has trained with Jose Luis Bueno and others at Bueno's Gym or his own gym in Mexico, often training under Sendai Tanaka's instruction in Japan.
In September 2011, Cuadras competed for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Flyweight Title against Johnny García at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. He was knocked down with García's left hook in the first round. However, after his barrage in the second round, he landed a left to the liver and a right to the jaw to floor García twice, and captured the title with the stoppage victory.
Cuadras went up a weight division and knocked out Javier Franco in the fifth round after flooring him to be crowned the WBC United States (USNBC) Bantamweight Champion at the Playa Mamitas in Playa del Carmen on June 16, 2012.
On September 10, 2016, Cuadras sustained his first defeat as a professional, when he lost the WBC World Super-Flyweight title to Roman Gonzalez by a 12 round decision in a fight broadcast in the United States by HBO Boxing.
Juan Francisco Estrada Romero (born April 14, 1990 in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico) is a Mexican and the former WBA (Unified) and WBO Flyweight Champion.
Early Life And Amateur Career
Estrada lost his parents at the age of 7. He was raised by his aunt, and picked up boxing when he was 9. At the age of 15, Estrada moved from his native Puerto Peñasco to Hermosillo to focus on his boxing career. As an amateur, Estrada compiled a 94-4 record.
Estrada made his professional debut on August 30, 2008 at the age of 18. Estrada won his first regional belt 2 years later, in October of 2010. He defeated Manuel Almendariz by TKO for the WBC Mundo Hispano super flyweight belt. Estrada suffered his first loss against Juan Carlos Sánchez, Jr. in May of 2011. Sánchez stands at 5 ft 8, giving him a significant size advantage over most flyweights. Estrada traded knockdowns with Sánchez but he lost the 8-round bout by unanimous decision.
Later that year, Estrada participated in the boxing reality show Campeón Azteca: Round 3 that took place between September to December 2011 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. The show featured 16 super flyweight fighters competing in an elimination tournament. Estrada won his first fight by unanimous decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-54) against fellow prospect Ivan Diaz. In his second fight in the tournament, Estrada stopped veteran Juan Carlos Tirado in the second round. Estrada won one more fight against Luis May to qualify to the competition's final.
In the competition's final bout, Estrada would face Sánchez Jr. once again. Estrada went down in the second round after a left straight from Sánchez. Later on, with both fighters trading punches in the final round, Sánchez was rocked by a left hook from Estrada. Estrada continued throwing combinations and eventually scored a knockdown over Sánchez. Sánchez attempted to get up but the referee waived the count, giving Estrada the win by TKO with 1:02 elapsed in the tenth and final round. Both Estrada and Sánchez would go on to become World champions.
Estrada vs González
On November 17, 2012, Estrada moved down from his natural division to challenge WBA light flyweight champion Román González. This was Estrada's first fight outside his native Mexico. The 22 year old Estrada proved to be a tougher challenge than most anticipated, but he nevertheless lost a unanimous decision (112-116, 112-116, 110-118) to the future number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter. González would later say that he was interested in a rematch against Estrada after one of his successful flyweight World title defences.
Unified Flyweight Champion
Estrada vs Viloria
On April 6, 2013, Estrada once again challenged for a World title, fighting Brian Viloria at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China, for the WBA (Super) and WBO Flyweight titles. Viloria had unified his titles against Hernán Márquez on the same event in which Gónzalez defeated Estrada. Estrada appeared to lose the early rounds against Viloria, but he would surge on the latter rounds, landing combinations that gave him the edge. Estrada won by split decision (117-111, 116-111, 113-115), thus becoming the new unified champion. Although, observers of the fight felt that the victory should have been ruled a unanimous decision in favour of Estrada.
In his first defence, he defeated number one ranked challenger Milan Melindo by unanimous decision (118-109, 118-109, 117-109). Melindo was knocked down in round 11, as Estrada cruised to a shutout win. Estrada would fight three times in 2014, scoring victories over Richie Mepranum, former champion Giovanni Segura, and Jobert Alvarez in a non-title fight. In 2015, he added two additional title defences, against Rommel Asenjo and former champion Hernán Márquez. He then took a break from boxing to undergo surgery on his right hand. During Estrada's reign as a flyweight champion he became known for his refined technique and accurate punching.
Following 3 and a half years as unified flyweight champion and five titles defences, Estrada vacated his titles in September of 2016 to campaign in the super flyweight division. Estrada said that he could no longer make the flyweight 112 lbs limit. After spending a year away from the ring, Estrada came back against gatekeeper Raymond Tabugon on October 2016 in his native Puerto Peñasco. Estrada won an easy unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90).
Estrada vs Cuadras
On June 2017, it was revealed that Estrada would face Carlos Cuadras. Following Srisaket Sor Rungvisai's unanimous decision win over Román González, Cuadras was the mandatory challenger for Sor Rungvisai, the World Boxing Council's champion. However, the WBC ordered a rematch between Sor Rungvisai and González in light of the controversy around the González-Sor Rungvisai decision. Cuadras then had to face Estrada, the next available ranked contender. The fight was scheduled for the Sor Rungvisai-González undercard on September 9, 2017 at Carson's StubHub Center.
On fight night, Cuadras seemed to gain the upper hand in the early rounds, switch-hitting and throwing and landing more punches. Nevertheless, Estrada was able to slowly impose his methodical style in the second half of the fight, even dropping Cuadras in round 10. Michael Buffer incorrectly announced "Carlos Estrada" as the winner of the fight, but after some confussion he corrected his mistake, giving Juan Francisco Estrada the win by unanimous decision (114-113, 114-113, 114-113). With this victory, Estrada became the mandatory challenger to the WBC's champion, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who succesfully defended his title later that evening by knocking out Román González in round 4.
Naoya Inoue (井上 尚弥 Inoue Naoya, born 10 April 1993) is a Japanese two weight World champion, having held the WBO junior-bantamweight title since 2014 and previously the WBC light-flyweight title, also in 2014. Nicknamed "The Monster", Inoue is known for his devastating punching power and brutal body attack. As of May 2017, he is ranked as the World's best junior-bantamweight by The Ring magazine and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and third by BoxRec.
Inoue won the Japanese Interscholastic Athletic Meeting and the Japanese Junior National Championships in 2009. In 2010, he took the bronze medal in the Asian Youth Championships in Tehran, Iran, and won the Japanese Junior Selection Tournament. He then participated in the AIBA Youth World Championships, but lost to Yosvany Veitía in the third preliminary round. He finished in the second place at the Japanese National Championships in the same year.
In July 2011, he took the gold medal in the 21st President's Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia. He subsequently won the first place in the Japanese Interscholastic Athletic Meeting in that year. However, he was eliminated in the third round by Yosvany Veitía in the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships at the Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan, and lost to Birzhan Zhakypov in the final at the 2012 Asian Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan. His amateur record was 75-6 (48 KOs and RSCs).
Inoue turned professional in 2012. When he registered with the Ohashi Boxing Gym, he signed an agreement with Ohashi never to fight against easy opponents of his own volition. His past fights and opponents have brought him confidence and courage.
On October 2, 2012, he fought against Filipino champion Crison Omayao, and won his debut via a fourth-round knockout. After this victory, he won two straight victories over Thai champion Ngaoprajan Chuwatana and Japan's number one-ranked boxer Yūki Sano. On August 25, 2013, Inoue captured the Japanese light flyweight title from the WBA's number three-ranked contender, and future WBA light flyweight champion, Ryoichi Taguchi. This was seen as Inoue's toughest test thus far but in the end he dominated and battered Taguchi over ten rounds.
He then took the vacant OPBF light flyweight title on December 6, 2013 on the undercard of Yaegashi vs Sosa. Earlier that day, his younger brother, Takuma Inoue, made his professional debut with a unanimous decision victory.
Inoue stopped Adrián Hernández to be crowned the WBC light flyweight champion in his sixth professional bout at Ota-City General Gymnasium on April 6, 2014. Hernández was a two division champion who had previously gone 8-1 in World title bouts, but Inoue dominated the fight from beginning to end. Inoue's sole defence of his light flyweight title came against Samartlek Kokietgym on September 2014. Inoue routed Kokietgym, winning every round on all scorecards and dropping his opponent twice before finally stopping him in the 11th round.
Inoue vs Narváez
In November 2014, he vacated his light flyweight title in order to challenge WBO Junior Bantamweight Champion Omar Andrés Narváez, the fight was scheduled for December 30, 2014. Narváez was 43-1-2 coming into the bout. His one loss had come by decision to Nonito Donaire in 2011. Narváez had won his first World championship in 2002, making twenty-seven title defences of his belts since. Inoue arrived at the fight with a 7-0 record. However, the young challenger Inoue put Narváez down within a minute of the first round. He then proceeded to hurt Narváez over and over with carefully placed body shots. Inoue knocked out the long time champion in the second round to capture his second World title.
Inoue suffered an injury with the punch that put Narvaéz down the first time. In response to Inoue being sidelined, the WBO issued an interim title bout between two of its top-ranked contenders, David Carmona and Warlito Parrenas. The winner would have the right face Inoue following his comeback. The fight was ruled a split draw after 12 rounds but Inoue chose to face Parrenas regardless in his comeback bout on December 29, 2015. Parrenas was blown out in a similar manner as Narváez. The referee waved off the fight in the second round, after Parrenas was dropped twice, giving Inoue a TKO victory.
Inoue would then face Carmona on May 2016, suffering another hand injury midway through the fight. Inoue would eventually win a comfortable unanimous decision (118-109, 118-109, 116-111). Nevertheless, Carmona was only the second fighter to go the distance with Inoue, after Ryoichi Taguchi. Inoue's third defence came against Petchbarngborn Kokietgym on September of that same year. Inoue was unable to get a quick finish, but he unleashed a flurry of punches in the 10th round which led to Kokietgym being counted out.
Inoue vs Kono
On November 9, it was announced that Inoue's fourth defence would come against Kohei Kono in December 30, 2016. Kono was a two time super flyweight champion who had lost his WBA belt to Luis Concepción in his previous fight. Naoya's brother, Takuma, was slated to challenge for a World title against Marlon Tapales on the same night but he pulled out due to a fractured right hand. Inoue stopped Kono in another commanding performance. Kono was dropped once by a left hook from Inoue before being stopped in the sixth round.
During 2016, Inoue repeatedly sought a unification bout against four division champion and WBC super flyweight champion Román González. However, González chose to face Carlos Cuadras instead in the second half of the year. González stipulated that the terms offered for an Inoue fight weren't good enough, as Inoue was mostly unknown in North America.
Inoue's fifth defence of his WBO super flyweight title came against Ricardo Rodríguez on May 2017. Rodríguez proved to be yet another outmatched opponent, as Inoue comfortably won by stopping him in the 3rd round following a flurry of punches.
Following his easy win over Rodríguez, Inoue joined the HBO Boxing After Dark card "Superfly" set at the StubHub Center on September 9, 2017. The event is headlined by the González-Sor Rungvisai rematch for the WBC super flyweight title. It will also feature a WBC eliminator between Carlos Cuadras and Juan Francisco Estrada, in addition to Inoue's debut in the US and first pro bout abroad. Originally, McJoe Arroyo was slated to be Inoue's challenger but Arroyo wound up fighting Rau'shee Warren in an IBF eliminator instead. Inoue's next defence of his super flyweight title would be against Antonio Nieves instead.
Inoue's sixth defence of his WBO title was succesful, as he hammered Nieves, who threw in the towel after six rounds. Nieves was rocked towards the end of round 2, but Inoue was unable to finish him as he headed back to his corner when he mistook the 10-second warning with the bell. Inoue scored a knockdown in round 5 after a left hook to the body. Nieves retired after round 6, when Inoue repeatedly landed that left hook to the body to no response from Nieves. Inoue landed 118 of 407 punches (29%) to Nieves' 45 of 209 (22%). Inoue stated that he would move to bantamweight in the future but he would seek to unify titles against another junior bantamweight titleholder in December of 2017.
Antonio Nieves is an American who was born in Quintanar de la Orden, Toledo , Spain. He challenged for the WBO junior bantamweight title in September 2017.
Nieves is a multiple-time Cleveland Golden Gloves open champion and was national runner-up in 2011.
As Nieves rose in the rankings he defeated multiple-time World title challenger Lorenzo Trejo. He defeated Oscar Mojica to win the North American Boxing Organization bantamweight title.
On March 10, 2017 Nieves defend his NABO title against Nikolai Potapov on ShoBox. He lost the defence by split decision.
World Title Attempt
Nieves fought Naoya Inoue for the WBO junior bantamweight World title. He lost by 6th round technical knockout due to a corner stoppage.