Having avenged his previous two losses, WBC super-flyweight king Juan Francisco Estrada wants to address the only other blemish on his pro record in the most emphatic manner possible.
On March 13 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Estrada (41-3, 28 KOs) will face Nicaraguan rival and WBA ‘Super’ champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez hell bent on avenging a November 2012 reverse on the scorecards down at light-flyweight.
After an eight-year pursuit, Mexican Estrada believes he can score the defining win of his career inside the distance.
“This rematch will be an exciting fight, better than the first, because we’re fighting in a division that’s better suited for us,” Estrada told Channel 13 in Mexico.
“In my career I only have three defeats, I have avenged two of them [vs former world champions Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai] and the only one I am missing is Roman.
“I feel capable of beating him because I already fought with him, I know his weaknesses, so we are focused on winning convincingly. We are bringing in a strategy to come out with everything, to go for the intelligent knockout.
“The first time we faced each other, I entered the ring too weak, because it was difficult for me to make 108lbs, but I ripped my heart out to keep up the pace and have a good fight.
“I am not satisfied, I am not happy with the purse, but for the opportunity to carry out this fight that we’ve been waiting for for so long. We are going to get in the ring to show that we are here to win a lot more.”