Fight Preview: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada

On Friday, April 26th, WBC Super Flyweight champ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41 KOs) will meet Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26 KOs) for a second time in what should be a very action packed, close fight. The fight will take place at The Forum in Inglewood, California and is a part of a very stacked DAZN card.

Both fighters are preparing for what expects to be an all out war. Both have been quoted saying that they are preparing to knock the other one out. Estrada has been exceptionally vocal about going for the knockout in their rematch. This is not a far fetched scenario. Estrada had Sor Rungvisai out on his feet in the 12th round of their first fight, which he lost via Majority Decision in February of 2018.

Juan Francisco Estrada landing a punch in route to his TKO victory over Victor Mendes in December.

Estrada has claimed that he was not 100% in their first fight. He has said that he suffered a knee injury leading up to the fight and it affected his preparation and training. He also said his reaction time was off as a result of the injury. Even with that injury, he fought a very tough fight, so one could only imagine the fireworks we will see this fight. Since losing that fight in 2018, Estrada has gone on to win two fights. He won his last fight against Victor Mendes (28-3, 20 KOs) by TKO, breaking down his opponent and finishing him in the 7th round. With those two wins, he has surely earned his rematch and is ready to put on a show on Friday.

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai has also won 2 fights since edging out Estrada. His last fight he won a lopsided unanimous decision against Iran Diaz (15-2, 7KOs) in October, in his home country of Thailand. He has been training for this fight in Thailand and is confident he will come away victorious on April 26th. This will be his 4th title defense, and we are looking forward to seeing another “Fight of the Year”.

Both fighters in their first bout in what turned out to be a war.

This is really a toss up fight. Estrada is the slicker of the two, relying on his super technical boxing, speed and high volume punching. He will need to use lots of movement and different angles and range to lower his opponents’ activity. He will need to be a technician in this one and he will need to use his entire tool box. He should go to the body early and often, hoping to have a quick start and get right into a grove. When Estrada gets into a rhythm, he gets more and more accurate as the fight progresses. He should look for the counter straight right and find a home for it early. If his timing is right, he may find that knockout he is looking for.

Sor Rungvisai is the bigger of the two fighters, both upper and lower body is a bit thicker than his opponent. He is powerful, quick, throws punches in high volume as well, but also very calculating. He is got some helluva engine and keeps coming all fight. He also loves to go to the body and I expect no different this fight with his opponent being so slick. He will want to slow him down so he can land thunderous blows upstairs and find a knockout of his own.

This is one of the hardest fights I have had to pick in a long time. It was such a close fight the first time around, and I expect another war the 2nd time around. I am leaning towards Estrada. He is a slight underdog, but he is four years younger than Sor Rungvisai, and he came very close to beating him the first time. He also had nagging injuries leading up to the first fight. I do not see Sor Rungvisai being able to improve on anything so much. Estrada on the other hand, has more room to improve and if he comes with a killer instinct, 100% focused, he will pull out a victory. Sor Rungvisai is a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter. Estrada is the real deal though and he has the ability to win here. Very close fight. I am taking Estrada via a close decision.

Also on the main card:

  • Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KOs) vs Humberto Soto (69-9-2, 37 KOs) 151lb Catchweight 10 rds
  • TJ Doheny (21-0, 15 KOs) vs Daniel Roman (26-2-1, 10 KOs) IBF & WBA Super Bantamweight Title Unification 12 rds

On the Undercard:

  • Anthony Sims Jr. (18-0, 17 KOs) vs Vaughn Alexander (14-2, 9 KOs) Light Heavyweight
  • Shakhram Giyasov (7-0, 6 KOs) vs Emmanuel Taylor (20-5, 14 KOs) Welterweight
  • Alberto Melian (4-0, 3 KOs) vs Isaac Zarate (16-4-3, 2 KOs) Super Bantamweight
  • Ronnie Rios (29-3, 13 KOs) vs Daniel Olea (13-7-2, 5 KOs) Featherweight

The fight will be shown on the DAZN streaming app, or – if you are in the UK, you can view the fights on Sky Sports Main Event. The ring walk for the main event should be around 12:00AM EST.

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