Juan Francisco Estrada vacates WBA super-flyweight belt
Juan Francisco Estrada has vacated his WBA Super World flyweight title, the sanctioning body announced this week.
Twenty-six-year-old Estrada has fought out of his native Mexico since 2008 (33-2, 24 KOs), winning the WBA belt (as well as the WBO World flyweight title) in April 2013 by beating Brian Viloria via split decision. He successfully defended five times, most recently last September by knocking out Hernan Marquez in the 10th. Never stopped, “El Gallo” hasn’t lost since November 2012 when undefeated Roman Gonzalez beat him by unanimous decision for the WBA World light flyweight title.
A hand injury that sidelined the champ for a year had apparently healed to such an extent that there was even talk of his training for a WBA-ordered title-unification bout with WBA World flyweight titlist Kazuto Ioka, tentatively scheduled for October or November. Indeed, had Estrada emerged victorious over Ioka, there would likely have been a match with WBO World light flyweight champ Donnie Nietes or a rematch with “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, WBC World flyweight titlist.
“People want those fights and so do I,” said Estrada recently. “We’ll see if they can happen.”
WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and the entire WBA Family wish the fighting “Rooster” all the best.