All that is left for Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez is to officially make weight on the eve of fight night.
The pair of junior bantamweight title claimants have complied with all pre-fight safety weight checks ahead of their long-anticipated championship rematch. Both boxers were well within the accepted limit seven days out from their March 13 DAZN headliner, which comes with the WBC and WBA 115-pound titles on the line.
Per WBC rules, participants are required to weigh no heavier than 3% above the contracted limit for a sanctioned fight at the seven-day mark. Estrada (41-3, 28KOs) weighed 118 pounds at that point, while Gonzalez (50-2, 41KOs) checked in at 118.2 points. The maximum allowable limit is 119 pounds, rounded up from 3% more than the 115-pound divisional limit.
The gentle weight cuts were on pace from where both boxers were at the 14-day point, where they were required to weigh no heavier than 121 pounds. Estrada was 120 pounds one week ago, while Gonzalez was 120.6 pounds.
Neither boxer has a history of missing weight, nor is It expected to be an issue at Friday’s weigh-in ahead of their rematch which will take place at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Estrada will attempt the third defense of his World junior bantamweight championship since claiming the crown in April 2019. The feat came in another celebrated rematch, as the Hermosillo, Mexico native became a two-division champion following a 12-round decision win over Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Estrada suffered a narrow points loss to the hard-hitting Thai in their Feb. 2018 championship clash before gaining revenge 14 months later.
In his most recent start, Estrada—in yet another rematch—climbed off of the canvas to drop and stop former WBC titlist Carlos Cuadras in the 11th round of their unforgettable thriller last October in Mexico City.
The same show saw Gonzalez make the first defense of the WBA title in a 12-round decision over Israel Gonzalez. The fight came eight months after becoming a two-time 115-pound titlist, with the legendary four-division champ turning back the clock in a 9th round knockout of unbeaten Kal Yafai last February in Frisco, Texas.
For Gonzalez, the win over Yafai was his first at the title level since dethroning Cuadras in their Sept. 2016 WBC 115-pound title fight to become a four-division champ. Gonzalez was also unbeaten and the recognized pound-for-pound king at the time, though 2017 proved disastrous to the Nicaraguan.
Back-to-back losses to Sor Rungvisai stripped Gonzalez of his aura of invincibility, more so in the frightening 4th round knockout he suffered in their Sept. 2017 rematch.
Four wins have since followed for Gonzalez, who enters his 20th career major title fight (excluding interim titles). Included among the lot is his 12-round decision win over Estrada in their Nov. 2012 war, which marked the final defense of Gonzalez’s junior flyweight title reign after having previously served as a strawweight titlist. His next title fight wouldn’t come for another 22 months, having established himself as a legitimate flyweight by the time he stopped lineal champion Akira Yaegashi in the 9th round of their Sept. 2014 fight.
By that point, Estrada was an established unified flyweight titlist. Estrada achieved that status in a 12-round win over Brian Viloria in April 2013, one fight after the loss to Gonzalez and making six successful defenses before moving up to junior bantamweight in 2016.
Estrada vs Chocolatito 2: Raymond Ford, “Ammo” Williams among undercard
Before the big guns take care of business on Matchroom’s March 13th Juan Francisco Estrada vs Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez 2 DAZN tripleheader, the young guns will set the stage. According to the press release, Raymond Ford, Austin “Ammo” Williams, and Otha Jones III will “all take a big step-up” on the undercard.
Juan Francisco Estrada
W 41 KO 28 L 3 D 0
W 50 KO 41 L 2 D 0
Jessica McCaskill vs Cecilia Braekhus
Hiroto Kyoguchi vs Axel Aragon Vega
Austin Williams vs Aaron Coley
Raymond Ford vs Denis Douglin
Souleymane Cissokho vs Daniel Echeverria
Ford (8-0, 4 KO), a 21-year-old featherweight out of Camden, NJ, is coming off a nice seventh-round knockout of Juan Antonio Lopez last December. He meets another unbeaten youngster in 23-year-old Aaron “Angel Baby” Perez (10-0, 6 KO), who’s yet to graduate past fighting opponents with losing records.
Houston’s Williams (7-0, 6 KO) ran over Isiah Jones in 89 seconds on that same Canelo-Smith card and gets what looks to be a decent test in middleweight Aaron Coley (16-3-1, 7 KO), who’s gone to three consecutive split decisions.
Jones (5-0-1, 2 KO), meanwhile, is in need of an impressive performance after drawing with Kevin Montiel Mendoza last October. He fights fellow super featherweight Jorge David Castaneda (13-1, 11 KO) in “OJ3’s” first scheduled eight-rounder.
“This is a big night for Ray, Ammo and OJ3,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “All eyes are on Dallas with our mouth-watering World title triple-header, but these boys will be out to steal the show. All three of them are top talents, and now they are moving into the next phase of their careers, taking on tougher tests and stepping up to eight rounders and beyond. The pressure is on to shine, and I am sure they are going to rise to the occasion.”
The main card will see Hiroto Kyoguchi defend his WBA light flyweight title against Axel Aragon Vega, Jessica McCaskill look to repeat her shocking upset of Cecilia Braekhus, and Juan Francisco Estrada fight rival “Roman” Gonzalez in a long-awaited rematch.Activity check
In terms of recent activity, Juan Francisco Estrada has been fighting more than Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.
Juan Francisco Estrada last fought 3 months and 23 days ago, while Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez’s last outing was 3 months and 23 days ago.
Estrada’s last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 1 month and 15 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 10.2 rounds on average.
Gonzalez’s last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 14 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 9 months and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 32 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 6.4 rounds on average.
What time does Estrada vs Gonzalez II start?
The fighters are expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 pm EST / 7:00 pm PST at American Airlines Center, Dallas, United States, which is around 3:00 am GMT in the UK.
Who is showing Estrada vs Gonzalez II?
Estrada vs Gonzalez II will be broadcast on DAZN in the US, while the fight will be broadcast in the United Kingdom by DAZN Global (UK).
How do you stream Estrada vs Gonzalez II?
In the US you can stream Estrada vs Gonzalez II via the DAZN app and platform. You can download the app for PC, Apple, Android, Fire TV, Roku, your Smart TV and many others. Note: You save over 60% if you pay for a full year of DAZN.
1 month of DAZN is $19.99, while 1 year costs $99.99.
In the UK you can stream Estrada vs Gonzalez II via the DAZN global app and platform in the UK & most countries in the world. You can download the app for PC, Apple, Android, Fire TV, Roku, your Smart TV and many others.
1 month costs £1.99.
What are the odds on Estrada vs Gonzalez II
Juan Francisco Estrada is currently 8/11 (-136) to win the contest outright, while you can get 11/10 (+110) on Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez if you fancy the slight upset.
Estrada vs Gonzalez II betting preview
Bookmakers make Juan Francisco Estrada a slight favourite against Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez when they square off in their contest on Saturday 13th March 2021 at American Airlines Center, Dallas, United States.