Union Illustrated SportsThis week’s Chris Mannix is Sergio Mora, former junior middleweight champion and DAZN announcer. Mannix and Mora discuss the great rematch between Román González and Juan Francisco Estrada, if González has regained his pound-for-pound form in his last fights, the rematch between Cecilia Braekhus and Jessica McCaskill on the card, if the winner would be willing to face Claressa Shields in the future, another opportunity for David Benavidez and more; later, Benavidez, the former 168-pound champion, joins in to discuss how he lost his belt, what it was like to see Canelo fight for him, his plans for 2021 – they include Jermall Charlo – and why he is the biggest threat to Canelo . Subscribe, rate and review this pod on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts!
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Chris Mannix: Let’s go into Gonzales vs. Estrada II. These two last fought in 2012. That fight was 108 pounds. Terrible fight. Fast forward nine years and you have a rematch at 115 pounds. A title unification fight between two of the best underweight boxers in the world. Let’s start with the first fight in 2012, Sergio. That was a fight that was so anonymous at the time. Was he even on American television?
Sergio Mora: Do not.
Mannix: Like, we’ve been watching YouTube videos from TV Azteca. That’s how television coverage was then. But it turned out to be a tremendous fight. You’ve probably seen that fight a dozen times. What do you remember about that?
Have to: I’m going to quote Mark Ortega here, because I think he put it very well when he says, “It was eight years ago, four months ago and two weight classes that these two fought in 2012, and they are still at their peak.” I mean, it’s pretty amazing that we’re still talking about them, especially when we talk about flyweights, where they usually have a short run. It is quite impressive because we are in the presence of greatness. In Miami, the title of that bill was “Witness to Greatness.” Well, this one could easily be titled “Witness to greatness” because we are seeing a fighter who comes only once every 20 years and Chocolatito and Estrada are showing that he is on the same level. But yeah, normally these flyweights don’t last that long. And for us to keep talking about them is amazing. And the first fight, they both throw a thousand punches, and we expect that from Chocolatito, but that Estrada does it in a weight class that he was not comfortable with, we only talked to him about the fighter meetings without talking too much. On it. He said he was having a hard time gaining weight. He did not drink water for two days. Did not eat. These are stories familiar to boxers, but for him to say that and know that he still gave his all in that fight, making it so competitive to the end, still throwing so many punches, just get ready for this rematch. Get ready for this explosiveness between two fighters, one in his heyday and the other who is already a legend.
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