Some bouts look like mismatches the second they are signed. A punch doesn't always need to be thrown for us to know who's going to win. This was this past Friday night in Mexico as the diminutive Filipino Rommel Asenjo (26-4, 20) stepped up in weight and class to battle against the sensation Juan Francisco Estrada (32-2, 23). For Asenjo this was an opportunity he couldn't turn down, a win, however unlikely, would have have seen him claiming the WBA “super” and WBO Flyweight titles.
Sadly for Asenjo his only real success came in the opening with Asenjo managing to be competitive. What made the round competitive wasn't so much what Asenjo was doing, but more what Estrada wasn't doing. In fact the only really major punch in the opening round was a body shot from the champion who only fighting fighting in first gear.
In the second round the champion slowly began to warm up and in the final minute of the round things started to look very problematic for Asenjo who was looking completely out of his depth. Asenjo tried to counter when he had half a chance but was unable to get Estrada's respect whilst the champion really started to land with hurtful and clean shots, almost at will.
To his credit Asenjo saw out the round before going down, and although he was beginning to take a pounding there was still plenty of fight in the challenger. Sadly however his team seemed to know his time was numbered and less than a minute in round 3 they threw in the towel to save their swollen charge.
The ending was weird with he towel coming in when there was no real danger to the challenger, but the damage to his face was significant and in some ways the decision is an understandable one, it's just a shame it came this early into the fight when there was was a chance for Asenjo to go out on his sword.
Sadly for Asenjo this was the second time he'd come up short in a world title fight and we really can't see him getting a third shot. For Estrada it was too easy and it's now time he faced a real challenge rather than a Filipino foe that signed for the bout only weeks before it was set and had to come up 2 weight divisions fro the bout. He's better than this and should be fighting top competition on a more regular basis.
World Title Results
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