Juan Estrada vs. Roman Gonzalez Trilogy Delayed

Through Dan Ambrose: Juan Francisco Estrada is reportedly struggling with training for his March 5 trilogy fight with Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and will have to postpone the fight.

The fight between Estrada and Gonzalez III was set to take place on March 5 at the Pechanga Arena, San Diego, California.

According to ESPN Deportes, 31-year-old ‘El Gallo’ Estrada’s lack of energy may be due to COVID-19. More will be learned in the coming days about the cause of WBA/WBC Franchise super flyweight champion Estrada’s lack of energy.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is expected to reveal the cause of Estrada’s physical problems this week and advise fans of the new target date for the Estrada-Chocolatito trilogy match.

You could argue that the delay gives Estrada an advantage over Chocolatito, as the talented Nicaraguan has to reset his camp.

He may end up overloading himself while waiting for Estrada to get better or rest. If you’re Chocolatito, you can’t be happy that Estrada wants more time to train.

Due to the risk Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs) poses to punching machine ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (50-3, 41 KOs), he won’t risk it — going into the game with less than 100% .

A year ago, Chocolatito threw more than 1,000 punches in his rematch with Estrada on March 13, 2021 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Given how much punishment Estrada took in that fight en route to winning a controversial 12-round split decision, he’s going to push the trilogy fight back.

It is unclear what Estrada will do if his body is still unresponsive in April or May. We don’t know if Eatrada’s situation is disease, natural aging, or the wear and tear of the war he had with Chocolatito.

Estrada took a lot of headshots in the fight and withered in the second half of the match. While two of the judges shocked Estrada to victory, the boxing world saw the fight as a clear victory for Chocolatito.

The two judges who gave Estrada the win were doing him no favors as he was afterwards dumped by fans as a gift from the two judges who gave him the win.

Last year, Chocolatito, 33, contracted COVID, pushing the Estrada fight from late 2021 to March 5, 2022.

“According to some close sources, ‘Gallo’ has tried to train, but his body has not reacted the way he would like, and aware that it is a fight with a high dose of danger, they have no intention of taking him to the competition without to be complete [ready]. COVID could be the cause of the discomfort, the sources indicated, but a medical report is still expected,” via ESPN Deportes.

“Gallo’ Estrada’s physical condition is not in optimal condition and that would prevent his fight against Román ‘Chocolatito’ González from being canceled.”

The downside of this news is that it could lead to Estrada’s fans having an excuse for him if he were to lose the trilogy match with Chocolatito. If Estrada is beaten, fans will say it was because he was sick and less than 100% in prime.

Gonzalez defeated Estrada in their first fight in November 2012, winning a 12 round unanimous decision.

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