Juan "El Gallo" Francisco Estrada (25-2) successfully defended his WBO and WBA flyweight titles against Milan "El Metodico" Melindo (29-1) at Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort in Macao, China.
Estrada proved his split-decision win over Brian Viloria in April was no fluke. Estrada dethroned Viloria to earn both titles and was dominant against Melindo in his first defense.
He floored the previously unbeaten Filipino in the 11th round and pounded his way to a decision win. Per BoxRec.com, the final scorecards read: Takeshi Shimakawa 117-109, Zoltan Enyedi 118-109, Rafael Ramos 118-109.
Though the scores were lopsided in favor of the champion, Melindo didn't make this an easy fight.
The two men had several exciting exchanges, but Estrada seemed to get the better of most of them. At just 23 years old, he is one of the best up-and-coming young stars in the sport.
He's a flyweight, so he'll likely never receive his due, but Estrada is extremely talented and he's gained a reputation for putting on a great show.
A clash with IBF champion Moruti Mthalane to further unify the titles would be a logical fight for Estrada to take on next. The South African was seemingly having difficulty finding a South African promoter to promote his next fight in his homeland.
Per Super Sport, Mthalane is scheduled to take on Silvio Olteanu in Germany with no date announced as of yet. No South African promoter made the requisite bid to promote the fight.
Pairing Mthalane and Estrada together may be tricky, so a rematch with Viloria may be a more realistic and lucrative next step for Estrada.
Their first fight was wildly competitive and close. Viloria has perhaps the biggest name in the division worldwide, so it would make sense for Estrada to agree to a rematch.
Viloria told ABS-CBN News in April he wanted a rematch. With Estrada having captured such a decisive win, it would seem appeal for Estrada-Viloria II would be at its highest.
Estrada hasn't wasted much time moving on to the next opponent, so it would be a surprise if an announcement on his next bout didn't come soon.
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