By: Sean Cross
Although some may be critical, WBC and World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury is at least busy. England’s Anthony Joshua, the Englishman who knocked Dillian Witt senseless last spring, has made a difficult attempt to face Joshua. Negotiations fell through, but with IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk unavailable until next year, Fury decided to face Derek Chisora before 2022 became a thing of the past. And, while he’s already beaten Chisora twice and it doesn’t look like Chisora has a chance to turn things around this time around, it’s true that Fury is one of the few top-level fighters in the sport who has fought twice. This year – if.
With all that said, there’s no reason why Fury-Chisora 3 is going down this weekend other than to keep Fury alive and allow the veteran Chisora another shot at glory. Chisora’s chances look slim. If the man pulls off the upset in Great Britain this weekend, a lot of people, including this author, should eat some humble pie – because very few individuals out there give Chisora much of a chance against Fury.
However, there is another trio of matches going down this weekend, one of which will be on the other side of the world. Juan Francisco Estrada will take on Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez for the WBC Junior bantamweight title in Glendale, Arizona. This third battle between the two men will end a rivalry that has now lasted a decade. Gonzalez won their first match back in 2012, while Estrada won – albeit somewhat controversially – their rematch last year. Suffice it to say, this weekend’s third fight is something to look forward to.
Chocolate is one of the most famous fighters on the planet. Once considered by some to be the single greatest boxer in the world, the fighter who was thought to be washed up from a pair of defeats five years ago has proven that he will indeed make a comeback in grand fashion. Estrada, on the other hand, has had an impressive career of his own, defeating not only Gonzalez, but luminaries such as Carlos Cudras and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
Without question, Gonzalez-Estrada 3 is the fight of the week to watch.