By Robert Segal: Eddie Hearn says he plans to match WBC super flyweight champion Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez against the Dec. 3 trilogy winner between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.
Hearn believes the undefeated 22-year-old Bam Rodriguez (16-0, 11 KOs) is ready to take on Chocolatito and Estrada. Of course, Hearn also believed that Julio Cesar Martinez was ready for Chocolatito (51-3, 41 KOs) last March, and he was embarrassed by him, losing by unanimous decision in 12 rounds.
It’s quite possible that if Chocolatito looks too formidable beating Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs) on Dec. 3, Hearn and Bam Rodriguez’s management will be reluctant to put him with the talented Nicaraguan fighter.
As good as Rodriguez looked, beating Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Carlos Cuadras one shot to pieces, his performances were a far cry from what we’ve seen from Chocolatito in his last two fights against Rey Martinez and Estrada.
In comparison, Bam Rodriguez always paints according to the numerical system. He doesn’t have the same type of talent as Chocolatito and never will. Bam is a good fighter, but not that kind of talent.
Estrada looked nothing short of awful last Saturday, squealing through Argi Cortes (23-3-2, 10 KOs) by a close 12-round unanimous decision in Mexico. Estrada looked like a fighter on the hill who had fought once too often.
After this performance, putting him with Chocolatito seems like a really dumb idea. Other than for the money, Estrada fighting Chocolatito is bad news.
“I agree with you. I thought Chocolatito beat that second fight. It was an amazing fight to watch live. The third fight can only be exciting,” Eddie Hearn told the DAZN boxing show about the December 3 trilogy between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.
“Chocolatito is kind of kicking into high gear and getting better and better. It’s remarkable to watch. Cortes was brilliant last Saturday [against Estrada].
“It’s very difficult to get into a warm-up fight where they’re going to announce the Chocolatito fight if you win. It’s hard to pull off your best performance in these kinds of fights, but Estrada got the win.
“I think Chocolatito is the favorite for the December 3 rematch and then I think the winner should fight Jesse Rodriguez in an incredible fight in one of the biggest fights in the sport.”
“We will announce that [Estrada vs. Chocolatito III] next week. It could be San Antonio. Jesse Rodriguez, everything is fine next week in Vegas [against Israel Gonzalez on September 17th], will also be on the co-main of this map. It’s a huge map.
“It’s difficult because Chocolatito is with us and Techin, Mr. Honda, and Estrada too. He’s not a fan of getting his guys together sometimes, but Chocolatito vs. Jesse Rodriguez is fair [huge].
“You talk about me being a fight fan, it’s probably one of the best fights in the sport, but we’ll see. He has to beat Estrada first. Maybe, he [Bam Rodriguez] Estrada fight. I can’t wait,” Hearn said.