Juan Francisco Estrada wins majority decision over Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez

Published 12/04/2022

Juan Francisco Estrada fought for the WBC super flyweight title on Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona, facing the legendary Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez for the third time. The first fight between the two men, which went down way back in 2012, saw Gonzalez emerge with the victory. The opposite was true when the two men met again in 2021. Now the fighting world would learn who would be able to take the best of three between these two magnificent fighters.

Juan Francisco Estrada wins majority decision over Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez 2

The 51-3 Gonzalez tried to position himself to land well in the first while the 43-3 Estrada worked to control the geography. Estrada started landing in the second while Gonzalez had yet to really pull the trigger. Surprisingly, the crowd started booing. Estrada put up a good fight behind the jab in the third, but Gonzalez finally started getting his punches together. The round ended in style, with Estrada looking hurt, but fought bravely. The fourth was an interesting deal. Gonzalez landed well, but Estrada was the more active of the two fighters, rocking his man’s arm at the very end of the round.

By the fifth it had become obvious that while Gonzalez was certainly having his moments, Estrada wasn’t letting him have too many. The big Mexican’s control of the field was telling the story of the fight. The sixth saw Gonzalez continue to push forward, but again he was unable to do a good job against the more active Estrada, who didn’t seem to be slowing down. Chocolatito landed well in the seventh, but he seemed to no longer have the ability to knock down an opponent.

In the eighth, however, Gonzalez seemed to finally get to his man, chasing well and landing well on Estrada. The ninth round was very tough to call. Estrada threw and landed more, but Gonzalez was clearly the tougher and more damaging puncher. The tenth was a blur, with each man breaking away to assert himself. Estrada may have reached 11th through power punches and activity, but that was VERY hard to tell. The twelfth and final round was a red-hot affair with Estrada firing furiously as Chocolatito hurtled. Estrada ended up winning by majority decision with scores of 114-114, 116-112, 115-113.

“If he wants the fourth fight, I think we can do it,” Estrada said later in the post fight interview.


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