Srisaket Sor Rungvisai shocked the world in March when he won a controversial unanimous decision over Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez to capture the WBC title at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Then, he followed it up with another stunning victory, knocking Gonzalez out cold in the fourth round of a rematch in September before a sell-out crowd at StubCenter in Carson, California.
Now he is set to defend his belt again, but this time against a Gonzalez already beat six years ago, Juan Francisco Estrada. According to WBC officials, the bout will likely take place on Feb. 24 at a venue to be determined in Los Angeles, California.
Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39 KOs), 30, a one-time trash collector in Thailand, is a two-time world champion and has won his last 17 bouts, including 15 by knockout, since losing a technical decision to Carlos Cuadras in a 2014 world title bout.
Estrada (36-2, 25 KO’s), 27, of Mexico, a former flyweight world champion, narrowly outpointed Cuadras to become Rungvisai’s mandatory challenger. Following a 10th-round knockout of Hernan Marquez in September 2015, Estrada briefly moved up to bantamweight, where he scored a one-sided unanimous decision win over Filipino Raymond Tabugon but has remained at super flyweight for his past two bouts.