Another example of, ‘Do you want the good news or the bad news?’ has seemingly hit boxing’s super-flyweight division.
Earlier this month it was revealed that Juan Francisco Estrada had to withdraw from his much-anticipated trilogy fight at super-flyweight against Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez’ after contracting Covid. However, the disappointment didn’t last long when WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez chose to step in and face the Nicaraguan legend on March 5 in San Diego.
ESPN’s Salvador Rodriguez has today reported that Srisaket Sor Rungvisai has tested positive for Covid and therefore cannot face Carlos Cuadras for the vacant WBC super-flyweight title this weekend in Phoenix. All is not lost it seems. Scheduled to fight on the same card was the unbeaten rising star Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez, who recently signed with Matchroom Boxing. The 22-year-old hot-shot has agreed to face the 33-year-old former champion in a stunning turn of events.
The landscape at 115lbs, which for so long has provided boxing with some of its greatest fights, could be about to change with fighters like Martinez and Rodriguez looking to prove that the old guard is on its way out.