By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
On Saturday night February 24, 2018 at the Inglewood Forum in Los Angeles, California, was a very good fight card of flyweights televised on HBO for all to view.
The opening TV bout featured IBF flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (41-1-4 / 23 by KO) in a brilliant performance scoring a knockout victory over Juan Carlos Reveco (39-4 / 19 by KO).
From the opening bell the Filipino Nietes was in complete control against the rugged and determined Argentine, Reveco. My scorecard had Nietes winning every roundup up to the knockout.
The beginning of the end came at the close of round six when a devastating right hand counter caught Reveco on the button. He staggered back to his corner a moment after the bell rang. As the seventh round began, Nietes came out to end it with unanswered punches and threw a perfectly timed uppercut that dropped Reveco.
The game Reveco got up, but it was evident that he was in no condition to continue, and his corner waved a white towel to stop the bout. The time was officially 0:53 of round seven.
In the second of three televised bouts, Puerto Rican super flyweight McWilliams Arroyo (17-3 / 14 by KO) defeated top contender Carlos Cuadras (36-3-1 / 27 by KO) of Mexico.
The two engaged in an all action ten round bout with both having their moments. The official judge’s scoring was 95-95, 98-92, 97-93. Harold Lederman of HBO had the fight a 95-95 draw… my scorecard was 6 to 4 in rounds, 96-94, for the winner Arroyo.
The main event was a much anticipated bout that didn’t disappoint. WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisal (44-4-1 / 39 by KO) from Thailand retained his title against #1 rated contender Juan Francisco Estrada (36-3 / 25 by KO) from Mexico via a 12 round majority decision.
The bout was great in every aspect of boxing with arguably the two best at the 115 pound weight division, and I certainly consider the 12th round to be an early candidate for Round of the Year 2018. Rungvisal was the harder damaging puncher while Estrada was the better boxer landing more punches.
The official judge’s scores were 114-114, 117-111, 115-113. Harold Lederman of HBO had the fight 116-112… my scorecard was 7 to 5 in rounds, 115-113, for the winner Rungvisal.