It was expected to be a classic given the countless wars both fighters had produced in recent years in and around the 115-pound division. Yet what Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez produced last Saturday somehow exceeded expectations. In the end, Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs) came away with a highly-disputed split decision over the resurgent Gonzalez (50-3, 41 KOs) in their unification bout, a rematch of their 2012 thriller which the four-division champion “Chocolatito” won by unanimous decision.

The only disappointing part about Estrada-Gonzalez II, a savage war filled with equal levels of astounding technique and championship-level adjustments, was Carlos Sucre’s rogue scorecard of 117-111 in favor of Estrada which resulted in the judge drawing a suspension from the WBA. 

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