Main Fight

 

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai v Juan Francisco Estrada, WBC World Super-Flyweight Title

 

This should be a cracking fight. Live on Sky Sports in the early hours of Saturday, Rungvisai (4/5) and Estrada (20/21) meet in a rematch from February last year. Rungvisai retained his title in that bout, via majority decision, 115-113, 114-114, and a ridiculous 117-111, in what was a extremely close fight. Rungvisai is the story here. Losing 3 of his first 5 fights, and drawing one, there was never a real thinking he would end up here. Fighting but 2 of his fights in Thailand, in 2014 he left to travel to Italy to step up in class to take on then WBC Champion Carlos Cuadras, and lost a decision after a clash of heads cut the fight short in the 8th round. He returned to Thailand for the next two years and fought local competition, then Roman Gonzalez needed a dance partner to defend his WBC belt at Maddison Square Garden, and chose Rungvisai, no doubt expecting to impress and smash in a shocking upset (and debatable scorecards), Rungvisai was declared the winner via MD decision to become the new champion. I thought Chocolito won, but they decided to re-match 6 months later to end the controversy. This fight was not close, not even for a round. Rungvisai smashed Gonzalez, stopping him in 4, to erase any doubt from the first fight, and probably end the career at the top level for Gonzalez. Then came the Estrada fight, and another good win to prove he belonged at the very top. He went back to Thailand for wins against Gil Bao and Iran Diaz, and is now back in America. Estrada’s loss to Rungvisai was his first since Gonzalez himself beat him 6 years earlier. He’s tough, durable, and has fought better boxers, outside Gonzalez, than Rungvisai. The odds are as close as you get for a fight, and indicate just how close this fight could end up. This will be another close fight, I wouldn’t even rule out a draw (16/1). But i’m picking Rungvisai to hold onto his belt over 12 action packed rounds, and win a close, possibly controversial decision.

 

BNC Tip – Rungvisai on points (7/4), Fight to go 12 rounds (1/2)

 

Other Notable Fights

 

Daniel Roman v TJ Doheny – The main undercard fight has potential to be a show stealer. Unbeaten, and big 9/2 underdog Doheny, came from nowhere to win the IBF Super-Bantamweight Title by travelling to Japan to dethrone Ryosuke Iwasa in convincing fashion, scoring somewhat of an upset on the road. A solid defence against Ryohei Takahashi followed with an 11th round TKO, leading him to this unification fight with WBA holder Daniel Roman. Roman (1/7), as Dohney, won his WBA world title in Japan, knocking out Shun Kubo. Classy points wins over Ryo Matsumoto and Moises Flores followed, then a comprehensive TKO of Gavin McDonnell put him here. What can be nothing other than an action packed, 12 rounds of boxing, the more experienced Roman will end up too good for Doheny and add the IBF belt to his collection. Doheny will come in and give his all and cause some problems for Roman, but Roman should be good enough to win over 12

 

BNC Tip – Roman to win on points (4/7),

 

BNC Quick Hitters –

 

Regis Prograis v Kiryl Relikh – Prograis ½ KO – World Boxing Super Series Semi Final. Prograis is a massive favourite for a reason, and should find a way to eventually stop Relikh to win the WBA title. KO here for Prograis is 1/2  

 

Nonito Donaire v Stephon Young – World Boxing  Super Series Semi Final. Zolani Tete pulled out during the week, leaving Stephon Young to step in. I’ve never heard nor seen anything about him I must admit. If Donaire is full on his game, a KO is around 8/13, but is Young is durable and can take a few shots, Donaire to win a decision is a very decent 5/4

 

Robert Easter v Rances Barthelemy – Easter will win easily. Barthelemy has never been stopped, and Easter hasn’t stopped anyone for 3 years. Easter on points a very tasty 4/7

 

Viktor Postol v Mohamed Mimoune – Almost certain to go 12 rounds. Postol is a slight favourite, and I fancy him to win on points at 5/4. Pretty much a 50-50 fight this, i’m going with the more experienced man in a razor thin decision. Very much could go either way. Mimoune is 13/10 to get the nod on the scorecards

 

Lerrone Richards v Tommy Langford – Richards takes the next step here, fighting for his first scheduled 12 rounder, against what im assumuing Frank Warren thinks is a shopworn Tommy Langford. Langford has lost 2 of his 3, both to Jason Welborn. Richards hasn’t fought anyone as close to as good as Langord, but the fact he is after 11 fights shows how well thought of he is. I’m going for the up and comer Richards on points at 5/4

 

BNC’s Betting Corner – 26/4/19