Matchroom October 23 Triple Header
Well it looks like after three years of waiting, Carlos “Principle” Cuadras (39-3-1, 27 KO’s) will get another crack at WBC world super flyweight champion Juan “El Gallo” Estrada (40-3, 27 KO’s). Following an exciting and action-packed bout on September 9, 2017, Estrada narrowly defeated Cuadras by way of unanimous decision. Now, as reported by the Athletic, it appears that the two will once again lock horns in a Matchroom triple header on October 23.
There is little doubt that Cuadras is eager to test his might once again with El Gallo. After getting off to a rather lackluster start, the Principle was able to come on strong in the second half of the fight. Unfortunately for him, Estrada managed to score a clutch ninth-round knockdown. When the scorecards were read, it was revealed that all three judges scored the bout 114-113 for El Gallo. That means the sole knockdown was what determined the entire fight.
When these two rivals collide again, there is little doubt that they will treat the audience to another thrilling and memorable slugfest.
GONZALEZ V GONZALEZ
On the Matchroom undercard, the dynamic, but aging, WBA super world super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (49-2, 41 KO’s) will take on Israel “Jiga” Gonzalez (25-3, 11 KO’s). Ironically, Chocolatito has claimed victory over both headlining boxers Carlos Cuadras and Juan Estrada. Jiga will enter into the bout riding a two-fight win-streak since suffering a November 24, 2018 loss to Khalid Yafai (26-1, 15 KO’s). Roman Gonzalez will enter into the prizefight on a three-fight win-streak, with his last win coming over the aforementioned Khalid Yafai.
It will be interesting to see what version of Chocolatito will enter the ring. In recent times the Nicaraguan has had a few lack luster performances. Yet, when in against Yafai, Gonzalez seemingly turned back the hands of time and fought like a fresh and rejuvenated boxer. Provided that he turns in another outing like that, it will be extraordinarily difficult for Jiga to topple his talented and versatile opponent.
MARTINEZ V FLORES
Opening the action will be WBC world flyweight champion Julio Cesar “El Rey” Martinez (16-1, 12 KO’s). Martinez will make the second defense of his title against the lesser heralded Maximino “Max” Flores (25-4-2, 17 KO’s). Max will be looking to establish a bit of stability to his career as he will enter in the event 2-1-1 in his last four prizefights. Conversely, Martinez has not lost a match since his professional debut against Joaquin Cruz well back on October 16, 2015.
Since that initial setback the talented WBC world flyweight champion has laid waste to the greater majority of every opponent that he has faced. Given his recent uneven performances, it is highly likely that Flores will be the next in his growing list of vanquished opponents. In fact, many outright view Flores as something of a soft touch for Martinez who is coming off two dominant but hard fought victories over Cristofer Rosales and Jay Harris.
By: Bakari Simpson