Estrada Defeats Orucuta In
Third Installment Of SuperFly
By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo
In the WBC Super Flyweight Title Eliminator bout and main
event of the evening a well conditioned and focused Juan
Francisco Estrada (37-3 25 KO’s) slugged out a unanimous
decision over Felipe Orucuta (36-5, 30 KO’s).
Estrada landed many bombs on the jaw of Orucuta and Orucuta
demonstrated that he was a game opponent by returning fire.
Although Orucuta was slower and plodded most of the fight he
surprised Estrada by cracking him with a few right and left
Estrada lit up the last round by connecting with several
combinations. Both fighters displayed a great chin as
neither were ever rocked by the shots that connected cleanly
on their whiskers. In the end the judges saw it all for
Estrada 118-110, 117-111, 117-111 for a unanimous decision
“It was a good fight, no question,” said Estrada afterward.
“Any time you have two Mexicans in the same ring it’s going
to be a good fight and Orucuta is a good fighter. He’s
taller, he’s got longer range, he’s difficult but at the end
I got the win.”
In the co-main event Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23 KO’s) fought
Aston Palicte (24-2-1, 9 KO’s) to a split draw. This
championship more aptly named the Pitter Patter Championship
would be a testament to the power of their punches
reminiscent of rain hitting a pane glass window.
Although there was an occasional right hand from either
fighter the majority of their jabs were much like someone
dipping the nibs of their pens into an inkwell. Nietes did
make a showing in the last round, probably inspired by the
booing crowd, by connecting with at least five unanswered
rights and lefts. However it was too little, too late
leaving the judges unable to come to an agreement as to who
won the fight. Nietes may have done slightly more to win the
fight and Judge Danny Sandoval certainly saw it that way,
handing in a 118-110 card in his favor; Robert Hoyle,
however, scored it 116-112 for Palicte, and Max DeLuca split
the difference with a 114-114 card. Nietes was upset with
“Of course I won the fight,” he said. “I dealt with his
reach, I hurt him, and I controlled the fight.” Aston
Palicte stated, "It was a close fight, but I thought I won
it in the first half of the fight. I threw more punches and
landed more punches. He came on in the last few rounds.
Let's do it again, anytime.”
In this back and forth slugfest Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13 KO’s)
claimed the WBC Super Flyweight Title by unanimous decision
over McWilliams Arroyo (17-4, 14 KO’s). Ioka did flatten
Arroyo in the 3rd round with a left right combination but
Arroyo got up to finish the fight.
The contest was a lot closer than the scorecards indicate.
Both Arroyo and Ioka connected on a multitude of punches and
gave as good as they got. While Ioka won the majority of the
rounds and clinched the fight with the knockdown Arroyo also
had his moments and got in his licks to give a respectable
performance. In the end judges had it 99-90,97-92,97-92 all
"I'm very happy with performance and very happy to have
fought in America. The atmosphere was fantastic. I can't
wait to come back and fight on the next Superfly card and
against the best in the division." "He was a tough opponent
but I was in the control of the fight. We had a great game
plan and I executed it to perfection."
Arroyo concluded, “Tough fight, very close, I knew he was
very good fighter when I took the fight and he showed how
good he is. I gave it my all and I am ready to come back and
fight on the next Superfly show. That’s three fights here in
Los Angeles against top opponents and I want to continue to
fight the best”
For the Interim WBC Atomweight World Championship Louisa
“Bang Bang” Hawton (8-2 4 KO’s) and Brenda Flores (13-4-1 2
KO’s) fought a tough battle with Flores squeaking out a
split decision to become the newly crowned champ.
In the first round Flores cracked Hawton with a straight
left hand breaking her nose and turning it into a bloody
mess. However, this did not stop Hawton from pressing the
fight and being the aggressor.
Smiling through a bloody visage Hawton threw twice as many
punches as Flores but judges saw Flores connecting with more
quality combinations. One judge had it 97-93 for Hawton
while the other two judges saw it 97-93, 96-94 for Flores.
Alexandru Marin (17-0, 11KO’s) retained his IBF Super
Flyweight Intercontinental Championship by garnering a split
decision win over Filipino pugilist Bruno Escalante (17-4-1,
7 KO’s). Marin suffered a cut over his right eye courtesy of
an Escalante straight left hand.
In the last round southpaw Escalante dropped Marin with a
crisp left hand but the referee maintained that it happened
after the bell and therefore was not counted. According to
the scorecards a counted knockdown might have given
Escalante a draw. Regardless Marin scored on solid
combinations throughout the fight to get the victory and to
retain his crown. One judge had it 97-93 for Escalante while
two other judges had it for Marin, 98-92 and 96-94
Anaheim, California middleweight Jonathan “Diamante”
Esquivel (7-0, 7 KOs) destroyed Mexican pugilist Joan Jose
Valenzuela,(5-10, 5 KO’s) with a devastating haymaking right
hand that dropped his opponent in the first round. Seconds
later another right hand dropped Valenzuela to one knee and
the referee called an end to the contest at 1:51 of the
first round. Esquivel is a beast who overshadowed his
opponent in size and strength. Esquivel shows great promise
and will be an exciting fighter to follow in the future.
San Diego Super Featherweight Mario, ‘El Matador” Ramos (6-0
6 KOs) scored a TKO over Alex Solorio (4-4) when the referee
called a halt to the bout at 2:17 of the 4th round. Solorio
was looking for the easy way out as he was getting beat to
the punch on every exchange. In the fourth round he appeared
to feign an arm injury from a Ramos punch and looked to
Referee Sharon Sands to stop the fight. In effect Solorio
found Ramos a Rubiks cube that he couldn’t figure out. Ramos
is a slick boxer with good hand speed and accurate
combinations that found their home on the face of Solorio.
The fight was best ended when it did or Solorio was going to
be seriously hurt.
In the opening bout of the evening at the Fabulous Forum,
Flyweight prospect out of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico,
Joselito Velasquez (6-0, 5 KO’s), defeated Mexican fighter,
Jose Alfredo Flores Chavez (6-7, 3 KO’s) pitching a shutout
on all the judges scorecards, 60-54,60-54, and 60-54.
Velasquez landed hard and often; his weapon of choice being
the left hook, which found its mark on Chavez’ chin numerous
times in every round. Although Vasquez did not record a
sixth straight knockout he looked impressive in his victory.