Juan Francisco Estrada makes the first defence of the WBC Super-flyweight title that he won with a tremendous display of pure boxing skills over Thailand's Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in April.
Matchroom Boxing has taken the fight to Mexico after 5 straight outings in California. The new champion has faced top-level opposition in each of those 5 fights including 2 hard-fought world title encounters with the hard-hitting Thai, so defending the title in front of his countrymen will be a welcome change to him.
Estrada first challenged for a world title in 2012 when he took on the then WBA Light-flyweight champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, losing a unanimous decision on his first fight in the USA. Only 5 months later the Mexican took the WBA and WBO world Flyweight titles from Hawaii's Brian Viloria, winning by split decision in a fight that Estrada appeared to win handsomely.
After five defences, Estrada moved up to Super-flyweight. Two good wins and he landed a tough assignment against fellow countryman and former WBC 115lb champion Carlos Cuadras at the StubHub Center in Carson California. Estrada won by 114-113 on all three cards but needed a 10th round knockdown to seal the deal.
Next up was the first of his two meetings with Sor Rungvisai, both of their meetings taking place at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The first, on 24th Feb 2018 was a close affair that resulted in a majority decision for the champion Sor Rungvisai by scores of 113-115, 114-114, and a wide 111-117. The general feeling was that Estrada used the wrong tactics and paid the price. The Thai's extra power was the telling factor.
Their second meeting last April was an all too different affair and Estrada showed the beautiful boxing that he is known for to win a close but unanimous decision and become a two-weight world champion.
Dewayne Beamon, from Goldsboro, North Carolina (16-1-1, 11Ko's) looks a useful challenger but does not have the kind of experience to test an experienced champion such as Estrada. Fighting away from home would normally make the task even harder, but Beamon's last 6 bouts have all been in Mexico, including the sole defeat of his career, against Martin Tecuatla in an August 2018 eight-rounder in Mexico City, a loss that he reversed just 2 months later by unanimous decision.
Prediction: Estrada's class will be too much for Beamon and I expect the Mexican to stop his American challenger by the midway stage.