Juan Francisco Estrada beats Carlos Cuadras in modern classic
Former flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada made a dominant statement in the opening bout of the HBO telecast from the StubHub Center in Carson, CA by defeating former world champion Carlos Cuadras (37-2-1 27KOs) in another StubHub classic.
The early rounds saw Cuadras fight from both stances and land body shots at will. The fourth round saw Estrada start to turn the fight by applying pressure to Cuadras with his feet, but appeared in inactive to win the round. The following round Estrada nearly dropped Cuadras.
In the sixth, Estrada landed meaningful punches as the two exchanged flurries. The following round Cuadras appeared to fatigue as Estrada put together a great one-sided one round. The eighth round saw an Estrada straight right hand that sent Cuadras to the floor.
The fight came down to the last round in which Estrada stayed cautious and as Cuadras tried to out volume his foe
The judges scored the bout 114-113 for Estrada.