Earlier today it was announced that unbeaten Filipino prospect Joebert Alvarez (14-0-1, 6) would be stepping up in class, significantly, in his next bout. The world ranked 24 year old, known as "Little Pacman", won't be competing in a world title fight, as rumoured earlier in the year, though will be inaction against a world champion. In fact Alvarez will be up against one of the best world champions in the lower weights as he takes on Mexico's sensationally talented double champion Juan Francisco Estrada (30-2, 22).
Estrada, the WBO and WBA "super" champion at Flyweight, won't be defending his belts as the bout is a 10 round non-title fight but he will expected to do a number on Alvarez as he looks to prove how good he is ahead of a mooted super-clash with former foe, and current WBC champion, Roman Gonzalez. That bout would be one of, if not the best, lighter weight bouts in years, if not ever, and it seems that Estrada won't be taking risks until that fight is made or sunk.
For some fans this is a disappointing match up considering Estrada had had his name linked to potential bouts with the likes of Kazuto Ioka, for a New Years Eve card in Osaka. In all honesty however Estrada would crush the Flyweight version of Ioka who hasn't yet looked like a world class fighter at 112lbs and for Ioka's sake this is probably a blessing in disguise. It does however intensify the role of Juan Carlos Reveco (34-1, 18) who has suddenly become the most wanted man at 112lbs with Ioka and Naoya Inoue both rumoured to be chasing him for a WBA Flyweight title at the end of the year.
We wish Alvarez the best but we really do think he's on to a hiding to nothing here, unfortunately.
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