Roman Gonzalez Sustains Knee Injury In Training; Juan
Francisco Estrada Steps In To Face
Victor Mendez Dec. 8 At Stubhub Center
Following a knee injury sustained in training by
Four-Division Pound-for-Pound Champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’
Gonzalez, former Unified World Champion and #1 ranked Juan
Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada, (37-3-0, 25 KO’s), of Sonora,
Mexico will now face cross-town Mexican rival Victor ‘Spock’
Mendez, (28-3-2, 20 KOs), also of Sonora, Mexico in a
ten-round super-flyweight clash at UNDISPUTED on Saturday,
December 8 emanating from the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.
The tripleheader will be televised live on HBO Boxing After
Dark beginning at 10:20 p.m. ET/PT.
“It’s unfortunate that Roman suffered this knee injury in
training, he was in great shape and very excited to fight
again after his ‘Knockout of the Year’ victory on September
15 in Las Vegas,” said Loeffler. “However, Juan Francisco
Estrada and Victor Mendez have both been in training for
upcoming fights and each eagerly jumped at the opportunity
to fight each other.”
“This will be Juan Francisco’s fourth consecutive fight on
HBO, the first coming at the StubHub Center at SUPERFLY 1 in
his outstanding battle and victory over Carlos Cuadras. He’s
fought on every SUPERFLY show and is always in exciting
fights which has made him very popular with boxing fans who
will be thrilled to see him fight again on December 8.”
Said Estrada, “Everything happens for a reason, my fight
fell scheduled in Mexico fell through but now I have a
bigger opportunity on HBO. I’ve had a great training camp
and can’t wait to fight Victor Mendez. We’ve known each
other for years and now get to settle who is the best super
flyweight from Mexico.”
“Juan Francisco Estrada is a great champion and I’ve wanted
to fight him for a long time,” said the 25-year-old Mendez.
“I’ve heard many great things about the outstanding battles
and great fans at the StubHub Center and look forward to
fighting there on December 8 and on HBO.”
Estrada is currently world ranked #1 by Ring Magazine and #2
by ESPN. He is also world ranked #1 by the World Boxing
The 28-year-old Estrada is coming off a dominant 12-round
decision over Felipe Orucuta on September 8 at SUPERFLY 3.
Prior to that, the 28-year-old Estrada challenged WBC Super
Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on February
24 at SUPERFLY 2, losing a hotly contested 12-round majority
decision in a sure-fire ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate that
had the huge crowd at the Forum in Inglewood, CA on their
feet cheering throughout. Both fights were featured as the
main event on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Mendez has won nine of his last ten bouts including his last
four in a row. Most recently he knocked out Alberto Ascanio
in the third round on June 1, 2018. In 2014, he battled
current world champion Luis Nery in an eight-round clash
losing by very close majority decision.
UNDISPUTED is headlined by the Consensus #1 Ranked Women’s
Pound-for-Pound Fighter and Undisputed Women’s Welterweight
World Champion ‘The First Lady’ Cecilia Braekhus (34-0, 9
defending her titles (WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO) against
two-time world title challenger, Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes,
(18-4-3, 1 KO), a native of Gilwice, Poland, now based in
Marshfield, MA in the televised ten-round main event.
Magdziak-Lopes also holds a victory over Braekhus’ recent
opponent Kali Reis.
Opening the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast, two-time United
States Olympic Gold Medalist and WBC/IBF/WBA Women’s
Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields, (7-0, 2 KOs),
of Flint, MI faces WBO Women’s Super-Middleweight World
Champion Femke Hermans, (9-1, 3 KOs), of Londerzeel, Belgium
in a ten-round middleweight world title clash.
Headlining the undercard, Southern California fan favorite
Louisa ‘Bang Bang Lulu’ Hawton, (8-2-0, 4 KOs), of Perth,
Australia will face Lorraine Villalobos, (2-1-0) of Los
Angeles in a ten-round WBC Atomweight World Title bout. In
her last fight Hawton clashed with Brenda Flores at SUPERFLY
3 on September 8, 2018 at the Forum in Los Angeles losing a
very close and controversially scored decision in the world
title fight for which the WBC ordered an immediate rematch.
The previously announced rematch for December 8 has been
postponed due to a recent illness suffered by Flores.