The best card quite possibly in the history of HBO got off to a good start this past weekend at the Westin in Los Angeles, as the #SuperFly press conference came and went.
Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, along with HBO executive Vice President, are the men responsible for negotiating with and ultimately agreeing to terms with 5 promoters representing 6 fighters that will make up this blockbuster triple header.
All three fights will see pugilists from the super flyweight division which has given boxing fans some bloody good fights over the past two years. Roman Gonzalez, the previous pound for pound king, entered the division a year ago when he defeated the now former WBC title holder, Carlos Cuadras. Both men will see action on 9/9, the date of the fight though against different foes.
For Cuadras he’ll square off against Juan Francisco Estrada, who also entered the division a year ago. Estrada, the former flyweight champion is not only looking for another division title, which he’ll earn a shot at should he defeat Cuadras, but revenge for a close defeat he suffered at the hands of Roman Gonzalez. Cuadras will also be looking to get his revenge on Gonzalez though he and Estrada have an extremely difficult task ahead in each other and should give us a potential fight of the year and they’re not even the main event.
While Estrada and Gonzalez are still relatively new to the division, Naoya Inoue has been the WBO champion and defended his title successfully 5x over the past 2 and a half years. He’ll be defending his title for the 6th time and be making his American debut against a bantamweight from Cleveland by the name of Antonio Nieves, who’ll be dropping in weight for the chance at a title. Inoue (13-0 11 KOs) has made short work of his opponents to date and aims to do the same on 9/9.
Sor Rungvisai, the WBC champion defending his title in the main event against Gonzalez, and Inoue, were both understandably absent from the presser as they’re both training in Asia. Taking a flight across the Pacific would’ve been counterproductive as they’ve both released statements to the press regarding their feelings on the #SuperFly card. In actuality, the fight is selling itself and didn’t need the two young champions in attendance as the show is nearly sold out according to Tom Loeffler.
Personally, I’m looking more forward to these fight’s compared to any other scheduled card this year! A perfect storm of highly motivated and dangerous fighter’s all at the same place on the same night. There’s sure to be fireworks. Believe the hype!
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