Gallo defeats Chocolatito to triumph in trilogy
Plus, Julio Cesar “El Rey” Martinez retained his WBC flyweweight title with a majority decision over Samuel “Gypsy” Carmona
Juan Francisco “Gallo”’Estrada (44-3, 28 KOs) won a legendary trilogy against Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (51-4, 41 KOs), taking a 12-round majority decision in a fantastic clash for the vacant WBC super flyweight title on Saturday night at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
In the first two rounds, it was all Estrada with little offense from Gonzalez, who is known to be a slow starter. In the third round, Gonzalez finally opened up, dominating the first two minutes then Estrada started countering him well in the final minute.
In the fourth, Gonzalez dominated, punishing Estrada in the final seconds with a right on the chin. In the eight Estrada countered very well with uppercuts to the having Gonzalez chasing and getting hit. In the ninth round, it went back and forth, with Gonzalez edging it out.
In the 10th and 11th rounds Estrada out-landed Gonzalez, who kept chasing him around the ring. In the twelfth and final round, Estrada did enough to take the round and the fight. The Referee was Chris Flores.
Scores were 114-114, 116-112, and 115-113.
Runaway victory! Martínez retains WBC crown
WBC Flyweight champion Julio Cesar “El Rey” Martinez, (19-2, 14 kos), retained his title with a majority decision over elusive Olympian Samuel “Gypsy” Carmona, (8-1, 4 kos), from Spain, over 12 rounds.
In the first two rounds, Martinez was landing combinations against the solid jab of Carmona, who also landed one overhand right in the second. In the third round, Martinez rocked Carmona in the final seconds with a combination to the chin, and Carmona got on his bike!
In the fourth round, Carmona continued to move around the ring laterally, but Martinez would catch up to him with a two-fisted attack. In the sixth through the eighth rounds, Martinez continued having a problem cutting off the ring, but still lands more than Carmona, who rarely uses his right, preferring flight.
In the ninth, the fans were showing their vocal disapproval and displeasure of Carmona, running around the ring, landing a few punches. Unpopular milling on the retreat.
In the 10th round and eleventh rounds, Martinez had an edge when Carmona finally and briefly stood in front of him, momentarily abandoning a running race.
In the 12th and final round, it was close, but Carmona seemed to take it. The Referee was Wes Melton. The scores of the Judges were 114-114, 117-111, 116-112.