The fight between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez, which was part of the trilogy where Estrada would put his WBA super flyweight belt on the line, has been cancelled. The Mexican reported symptoms related to Covid-19 and had to leave the card, so a new opponent will face Chocolatito Gonzalez, know here who it is.
What happened to Gallo Estrada?
Mexican champion Gallo Estrada was going to defend his WBA super flyweight belt next March 5 in a trilogy fight against Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez, the first fight took place in November 2012 and the Nicaraguan won it by unanimous decision, and the second one in March 2021 leaving the Mexican as the winner in a controversial split decision.
Juan Francisco Estrada reported symptoms related to Covid-19, because as it is known by international news, the Planet is still going through a peak of contagions with a disease that seems to be more contagious than usual, and that is not alien to the sport, since it is not the first boxing event that falls this year due to the same cause.
Who will fight Roman Gonzalez now?
Mexican Julio Cesar Martinez, ‘El Rey’, will now be Roman Gonzalez’s new opponent. Martinez is a 26-year-old boxer who boasts a professional record of 18-1, with his only loss being his debut fight in 2015. El Rey Martinez has been doing very well in the flyweight category (112 lbs), where he has faced very good opponents such as McWilliams Arroyo and Joel Cordova, however, his confrontation with Chocolatito will be at 115 lbs, where he has only competed in 5 occasions, the last one being in 2019.
Watch here the best moments of the last fight of Julio Cesar Martinez, vs McWilliams Arroyo (via DAZN).
What can we expect from the new main event?
There is no doubt that the departure of El Gallo Estrada from the trilogy is a hard blow for the sport, because it not only represented a championship fight between two great boxers, but also, judging by the two previous fights they gave us, the fans were eager to see again a spectacular fight full of technique, power, heart and gallantry.
It could be said that Roman Gonzalez was in the middle of camp, so now changing his strategy for this new fight, with just over a month to go, should not be so difficult, also, the Mexican will have approximately 5 weeks to prepare physically and tactically to face his toughest opponent so far in his boxing career.
In this way, and despite the fact that we will not have Juan Francisco Estrada, this new fight should still give us a lot of emotions, because two boxers of excellent level are still standing, one of them with all the talent of a champion (Roman Gonzalez) and the other with all the illusions of becoming one (Martinez). The boxing level of both fighters, added to the sufficient preparation time, will be the reasons why this fight will not fall short of the circumstances of a billboard of the magnitude of Gallo Estrada vs Chocolatito Gonzalez 3.
Although Roman Gonzalez will face a lower ranked opponent than Juan Francisco Estrada, it is still a risk for him, as El Rey Martinez is a very good boxer who also has 14 knockout victories out of his 18 total wins. Who do you think will win this fight? Do you think the outcome of this fight will influence the future of the trilogy? Let us know what you think. Check out more news related to the super flyweight division (115 lb).