Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2, 24 KOs) outclassed and knocked out Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (39-6-1, 28 KOs) in 10 rounds to reclaim the WBA and WBO flyweight titles in front of a partisan crowd at the Centro Convenciones in both men’s hometown of Sonora, Mexico.
Dubbed “El Gallo” (the rooster), Estrada, 25, made easy work of Tyson Marquez, 27, knocking the former titleholder down seven times. But the bout was not without excitement. Marquez, a true warmonger, was either going to leave the ring a new champion or out on his shield.
The crown showed their appreciation in Round 3 with a ferocious roar as the two combatants traded flurries of punches. The action was high in the first two rounds all the same. Marquez, attempting to overcome a six-inch reach disadvantage, found the little success he could early on using a short jab upstairs before changing levels to slap Estrada in the ribs with singular right hands.
El Gallo, however, interrupted most of Tyson’s offense with a more finely tuned attack of his own and an uncanny ability to slip punches.
By the fifth round, the typically raging Marquez had slowed down from the defending champion’s unrelenting combination punching and Estrada was walking him down. He has a knack for making men who never take a step backwards ride their bicycle.
This was the case against pound-for-pound claimants, at one time or another, Giovani Segura last year and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez two years before that.
His best weapon this night was his lead left. It couldn’t miss and it dropped Tyson with a nasty liver shot in Round 7 and two more times after crashing into the older Mexican’s skull in the ninth and fateful tenth stanza.
The final knockdown came courtesy of an Estrada right hand that saw referee Ramon Pena wave his hands to stop the fight as Marquez fell face first to the canvas.
Estrada asserted his claim to the 112-pound throne with the knockout win. He holds half the belts in the division and should find himself in the ring with no other fighter outside of the winner of next month’s WBC-recognized world flyweight title tilt between Chocolatito Gonzalez and Brian Viloria, set to air on HBO.
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