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Juan Francisco Estrada Former Flyweight World Champion SIGNED Action Shot Photo Against Previously Unbeaten Milan Melindo

Juan Francisco Estrada Former Flyweight World Champion SIGNED Action Shot Photo Against Previously Unbeaten Milan Melindo

Juan Francisco Estrada former flyweight World champion SIGNED action shot 8" x 10" photo against previously unbeaten Milan Melindo.

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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.

Professional Career
Early Career
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.

Campeón Azteca
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.

Various Defences
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.

Super Flyweight
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.