Juan Francisco Estrada: "I Will Get Revenge
In Chocolatito Unification Rematch"
Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez are
hunting a blockbuster unification rematch – and Estrada told
Gonzalez in the first ever episode of ‘Peleamundo’,
premiering this Sunday on Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube
channel, that he is confident of settling the score if the
pair can meet again.
Estrada (40-3 27 KOs) and Gonzalez (49-2 41 KOs) both
regained their World champion status in stunning fashion in
recent outings, with Estrada beating Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
in a rematch to regain the WBC and Ring Magazine
Super-Flyweight belts last April and ‘Chocolatito’ rolling
back the years to rip the WBA strap from previously unbeaten
Brit Kal Yafai in Dallas in February with a clinical ninth
round KO win.
The pair met back in November 2012 as Gonzalez successfully
defended his WBA Light-Flyweight title against Estrada in
Los Angeles, and with both men holding World title straps,
they told Jessie Vargas that they would love to renew their
rivalry with higher stakes, and ‘Gallo’ confident of
exacting a spectacular revenge.
“I’ve had three losses and I’ve avenged two of them,” said
Estrada. “I haven’t been able to avenge my loss to Gonzalez
yet because we never fought again, but hopefully this time
around, I will win, and that loss will be avenged as well.
“I’m the champ. I have a lot of respect for him. It’s a big
fight and we both deserve big purses.
Everything looks and sound good but it’s all about the
money. We’re friends and both fighting for our families. I
want to unify if I’m given the opportunity. I’ll fight
whatever opponent is available. I know there will be some
good fights made by the promoters.
"I don’t know Yafai personally, however I do know Roman, and
he’s a great champion. I know he had a lot of support from
the people of Nicaragua. I was happy for him because he’s
such a humble person. Without a doubt I was with Roman
Gonzalez in that fight.
“It’s been eight years [since the first fight] and I’m very
excited for this fight. I believe the people really want to
see it as well. I’m a great fighter. It’s going to be a
great show. It’s going to be a better and bigger fight than
the bigger weight classes.”
“I’m a lion in the ring,” said Chocolatito. “We put in the
work to win but after we can be friends, and everything will
go back to normal.
“It’s going to be a very good fight. Everyone talks before
the fight but all that matters is the day of the fight. We
both need to just demonstrate to the public that the lighter
weight divisions can put on a good show. We’re the ones
carrying boxing right now, the smaller weight classes, and
when If I fight Estrada, it’s going to be historical.”
Gonzalez and Estrada are the main feature of the first
episode, which also includes Vargas speaking to hot prospect
Diego Pacheco, while episode two is also in the books ready
for next weekend and is led by one of the best trainers in
boxing today and one of his World champions.
Eddy Reynoso was named as Ring Magazine trainer of the year
for 2019 and hit the headlines this week as former
Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr expressed an interest in
training with Reynoso alongside superstar Canelo Alvarez.
“I'd love to work with such a charismatic Mexican fighter
like Ruiz,” Reynoso told Vargas. “It would be a proud moment
as a trainer.
“He needs to work on discipline. Once you get to world
championship level, you can't lack discipline. I would have
him work on moving his waist more and his counter punch. It
would be work on his punches, keeping them short. Those are
things I think would benefit him and bring him to the next
Reynoso’s gym is packed full of talent, not least in the
shape of Julio Cesar Martinez, the exciting WBC World
Flyweight champion who joins Reynoso in episode two, while
Vargas is also joined by Marc Castro, the amateur talent
itching to make his pro debut when boxing returns having
signed with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing USA.