Srisaket Sor Rungvisai engaged in a gutter war with Juan Estrada for the duration of their WBC super-flyweight title bout before coming off on the right end of a majority decision verdict.
Building on his double win over Roman Gonzalez, Rungvisai went toe-to-toe with Estrada to further enhance his stateside reputation at The Fabulous Forum in California.
In the end, and after a Fight of the Year contender, it was the Thai fighter who emerged with the green belt 117-111, 115-113 on the scorecards – with a third reading 114-114 even.
The co-feature saw Donnie Nietes defend his IBF flyweight strap for the first time with a seventh round stoppage of ex-world champion Juan Carlos Reveco.
Dropping Reveco in that seventh session, the challenger’s corner then stepped in to hand Nietes a deserved victory on the night.
A third world title encounter was settled when unknown Ukrainian Artem Dalakian dominated season world campaigner Brian Viloria to become the new WBA flyweight champion.
The 30 year-old, who was born in Azerbaijan, was on top throughout the contest, with the only blemish being a point deduction for repeatedly pushing Viloria’s head down.
Viloria suffered a bad cut due to a headbutt, although Dalakian was the aggressor and would still have emerged victorious.
At the final bell, Dalakian took the title as judges carded 118-109 across the board.
Upon claiming his maiden recognized strap, Dalakian was predictably over the moon.
“I’m very proud to be the newest champion from Ukraine,” said Dalakian. “I knew I was hurting him the whole fight.”
‘I want to unify with any of the other world champions.
“I loved fighting in the United States and I can’t want to come back and fight in Los Angeles,” he added.
Following his latest loss, Viloria admitted he was up against it from the word go.
“It was a tough fight, real tough guy, kept his distance. I could never get inside like I wanted to. The headbutt really made me woozy,” he said.
Rounding off what was an exceptional card of action was a standout triumph for McWilliams Arroyo who picked up the WBC Silver super-flyweight title against Carlos Cuadras.
Arroyo had the better of the ten rounds and looked comfortable after moving up weight, taking the spoils 98-92, 97-93 – with a third official seeing it a draw at 95-95.