Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada has acknowledged the public outcry over Saturday’s scoring in his rematch with Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
In an all-action fight, Estrada won a twelve round split decision to unify the WBA, WBC super flyweight titles.
Gonzalez won their first battle, which took place eight years, by unanimous decision in the junior flyweight division.
There were many observers who felt Gonzalez had done enough to win the rematch as well.
Two of the judges felt otherwise. One scored 115-113 for Gonzalez, another judge saw it 115-113 for Estrada – and then a controversial score of 117-111 was issued for Estrada.
Earlier today, the judge who issued the controversial scorecard, Carlos Sucre, was suspended temporarily by the World Boxing Association.
Estrada rejected the idea that a robbery had taken place. He believes he contest was close and could have gone either way.
“There was no robbery, the fight was very even, yes, and they could also give it to him, but thanks to God and the work that was done, the judges saw me winning,” Estrada stated.
“[What happens] at the end of the day is what matters, negative comments will always exist so enjoy these fights and stop complaining, [because the sport of] boxing and the people came out as the winners.”
According to Compubox , Estrada landed 314 of 1,212 punches thrown, 89 of them to the body, landed 17 of 395 jabs (4 percent) and had 297 power punches of 817 thrown (36 percent), while González connected 391 total punches of 1,317 thrown (30 percent), 31 of them to the body, with 39 of 434 jabs (9 percent) and landed 352 of 883 power shots (40 percent).
Both boxers are interested in a trilogy fight, but Estrada owes a mandatory defense to the WBC’s top challenger, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.