Rungvisai vs. Cuadras II For The Vacant WBC Super
Flyweight Strap Headlines Feb. 5 In Phoenix, AZ
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Carlos Cuadras will reignite
their rivalry with the vacant WBC World Super-Flyweight belt
on the line at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on
Saturday February 5, live worldwide on DAZN.
The pair first met in May 2014 for the same title, with
Cuadras claiming the crown via a unanimous technical
decision following an accidental headclash in Mexico.
There’s more than just the WBC crown on the line for
Rungvisai (50-5-1 43 KOs) and Cuadras (39-4-1 27 KOs), with
the winner likely to be pitted against the winner of the
March clash between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman
‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, setting up more fireworks in the
always exciting 115lb division.
Rungvisai heads into the bout on the back of three victories
in Thailand following his clash with Estrada where he
surrendered the WBC crown that he fights Cuadras for.
Victory in the rematch in Phoenix would see the 35 year old
win the green and gold strap for the third time and almost
nine years since he first picked up that crown.
Cuadras ended Rungvisai’s reign on that occasion and the
Mexican made six defenses of the title before Chocolatito
took the crown in California in September 2016. It’s the
second time that the 33 year old has tried to reclaim the
throne and comes on the back of his last battle for the belt
where he floored defending champion Estrada in the third
round of his defense before the champion prevailed in Mexico
in October 2020.
“I'm really looking forward to winning in this championship
bout,” said Rungvisai. “I really want to become the first
three-time WBC champion of Thailand. I also have an
unfinished business with Juan Francisco Estrada. I would
like to take this opportunity to thank Matchroom and DAZN
for making this fight possible".
“I am very excited for this opportunity to fight for another
world title,” said Cuadras. “We are sparring 3-4 different
southpaws that have a similar style to Rungvisai. We are
ready to win, and I am training very well in the
high-altitude mountains of the ceremonial center in Otomi in
“I want to thank firstly God and Teiken, especially Mr.
Honda who has never left me behind and always given me a
hand in boxing. We will not disappoint come fight now and
bring back another title for Mexico and Teiken.”
A stacked card in support of the rematch is led by
Light-Flyweight sensation Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez as he closes
in on World title action. Rodriguez (14-0 10 KOs) dispatched
Jose Burgos in style inside four rounds in his last outing
in Fresno in October, and the WBA #2 and WBO #4 will look to
enhance his claim for world honors against an opponent to be
There’s more World title action on the card as Jamie
Mitchell makes the first defense of her WBA Bantamweight
title against Carly Skelly. Mitchell (7-0-2 4 KOs) claimed
the strap in October in England by seeing off Shannon
Courtenay via majority decision, with the belt only on the
line for the American after then-champion Courtenay failed
to make the weight. After winning the belt in Liverpool,
Mitchell will defend the title against a Liverpudlian
fighter, as Skelly (4-0-1) fights for her first World title
having picked up the WBC International Super Bantamweight
title at home against Dorota Norek in October, a year after
a split draw against Amy Timlin for the Commonwealth crown.
Raymond Ford defends his WBA Continental Featherweight title
for the second time against Edward Vazquez. Ford (10-0-1 6
KOs) impressed in his first defense in New York in November,
stopping Felix Carabello in eight rounds to retain the belt
he landed in England in August via a third round KO of Reece
Bellotti. Unbeaten Texan Vazquez (11-0 3 KOs) will look to
end Ford’s reign in Phoenix, and the 26 year old fights for
his first title in his 12th pro outing.
Matchroom’s latest Stateside signing Aaron Aponte (4-0 KOs)
looks to extend his unbeaten start to life in the paid ranks
against unbeaten Canadian Louis Jourdain (2-0 1 KO), Light
Heavyweight talent Khalil Coe (1-0-1 1 KO) also meets
Canadian opposition in the form of Stuart Twardzik (1-0-1 1
KO) and there’s a big stage for two Arizona fighters,
Heavyweight Adam Stewart (12-1-1 8 KOs) and Middleweight
Elijah Garcia (9-0 8 KOs).
“Srisaket and Carlos promises to be another brilliant
Super-Flyweight World title battle,” said promoter Eddie
Hearn. “Carlos got the better of Srisaket in their first
fight seven years ago – and there’s no doubt in my mind that
this will be a real fan-friendly war with so much at stake.
“The undercard is stacked with talent. Jesse is a World
champion in waiting and is so exciting to watch, Jamie was
terrific in beating Shannon in Liverpool and I know Carly
will give everything to try to take the title back to
England and Ray’s stock rises with every impressive win he
notches. Aaron is our latest signing and one to watch,
Khalil is looking to bounce back from a draw last time out
and it’s a great opportunity for local guys Adam and Elijah
to make an impression under the bright lights.”
Rungvisai and Cuadras headline the event that was initially
due to be held at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona,
but logistical and operational issues mean the night moves
venues but stays in Arizona and just a short distance to the
downtown home of the Phoenix Suns. It’s a return to the
venue for Matchroom where Daniel Jacobs defeated Julio Cesar
Chavez Jr in December 2019. A clash between Jessie Vargas
and Liam Smith was slated to top the bill but the former
tested positive for COVID forcing it to be postponed, with
the fight set to be rescheduled.