Last week we saw Mexican star Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2, 24) leave the Flyweight division and vacate both the WBO and WBA "super" titles at 112lbs. Although we're yet to really see where the marbles will land at Flyweight we do now plenty about Estrada's ring return.
The Mexican will be back in the ring on October 8th in Sonora, Mexico, where he will face Filipino fighter Raymond Tabugon (18-5-1, 8). Tabugon will be the third Filipino opponent for Estrada in his last 4 bouts, following Joebert Alvarez and Rommel Asenjo, and this will be Estrada's first bout in over a year.
Although Estrada was a star at Flyweight, with wins over the likes of Brian Viloria, Hernan Marquez, Giovani Segura and Milan Melindo in the last 4 years, he is still probably best know for giving Roman Gonzalez an incredibly close fight in November 2012. He's has began to chase a rematch with Gonzalez as well a bout with Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue.
For the unheralded Tabugon the bout is a high profile contest and he has proven himself as an upset minded fighter in the past, beating the then unbeaten Jake Bornea and the promising Luzuko Siyo in 2014. Sadly thought he's not had great luck at Super Flyweight, suffering a 5th round TKO loss last time out to Makazole Tete in a bout for the IBF Inter-Continental Super Flyweight title.
Although a clear under-dog Tabugon will enter the bout looking for a major win over a fighter who is inactive, moving up in weight and looking to return from a serious hand injury. It may well be the perfect chance for Tabugon to put in a career best performance and put himself in the shop window for other big fights at either Super Flyweight or Flyweight.
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