The Big Question: Srisaket vs Estrada - who wins?

Boxing Monthly
23/02/2018 10:00pm

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada clash in a WBC super-flyweight title contest this Saturday which seems to guarantee excitement. The BM online team make their predictions...

Srisaket vs Estrada is a fabulous match-up of an all-out pressure fighter versus a boxer-puncher. Whilst the Thai's pair of victories over Roman Gonzalez were an enormous shock to many, Srisaket had alread proved his worth as a world class super flyweight, giving Carlos Cuadras fits in their 2014 clash. Estrada has the skills and movement to offset Srisaket's attacks but keeping off a man as strong and powerfull as the champion will not be an easy task. Srisaket can be a slow starter so I expect Estrada to out box him in the early rounds, but even though the Mexican has decent size for a 115-pounder I don't think it will be enough and I see Srisaket prevailing via late stoppage in what should be a terrific bout. - Marcus Bellinger

It feels like Estrada has been around forever. The ten-year veteran made his bones fighting world champions and leading contenders like Chocolatito Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras, Hernan Marquez, Brian Viloria, Giovani Segura, Milan Melindo and more over the past five years. Meanwhile, before his back-to-back wins over Chocolatito, Srisaket fought three guys on debut. In fairness to the WBC champion they do things a little bit different in Thailand and as a working boxer he deserves to make a living, but they say that steel sharpens steel and I expect that to be the difference in this case. Estrada by KO in ten. - Anthony Cocks

Estrada has been bubbling since giving up his flyweight titles and I think he'll shade past Srisaket, just! Let's not forget that when Chocolatito signed to defend against the Thai it was seen by many as an easy 'gimme' over a faded former champion: as good as Srisaket was, perhaps the demise of Gonzalez was going to happen no matter the opponent. I think the Mexican will win with a close, unanimous decision, which may well need to lead to a rematch. - Colin Harris

Srisaket vs Estrada is a true 'pick em' fight. Estrada has been one of the world’s finest little fighters in recent years, but the Thai wrecking machine appears to be peaking right now. On paper the more experienced and skilled Mexican should win, but I’m going with Srisaket by decision. - Michael Montero

While we’ve all been gushing about the WBSS in the cruiserweight and super middleweight divisions, the ‘Super Fly’ shows have been doing their best to find out who’s number 1 at 115lbs. Srisaket is the man in the ascendancy and took the headlines at the last show by knocking out the legend that is ’Chocolatito’. While he deserved all the plaudits from those victories, he was fighting a man too small for the weight and ready to go. I thoroughly enjoyed the Mexican’s performance back in September against Cuadras and think Estrada will carry on this form by scoring a decision win to claim his third world title belt in a second division. - Callum Rudge

Final count: Srisaket 2 Estrada 3