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Juan Francisco Estrada gets off the floor to stop Carlos Cuadras in war of attrition

Estrada and Cuadras go to war in Mexico City

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Estrada wins photo by Ed Mulholland
Estrada wins photo by Ed Mulholland

Sometimes a knockdown can be a good thing.

 

Seemingly rejuvenated after being floored early, WBC super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada rallied to stop rival Carlos Cuadras in the 11th round Saturday night at Azteca’s Studios in Mexico City.

 

The time 2:20.

 

In seek of revenge after losing by a point to Cuadras three years ago, Estrada (41-3, 28 KOs) split the early rounds with the hard-hitting Cuadras. An uppercut sent Estrada to the floor in round three. He got up and fought back, doing better in round four.

 

A solid right hand seemed to hurt Cuadras (39-4-1, 27 KOs) in round five, though the challenger fought back with solid combinations. Estrada dug to the body and head in round six and connected with a number of left hooks in round seven. Cuadras absorbed the blows and tagged Estrada.

 

The fight looked as if it might end in round eight when Estrada wobbled Cuadras with a powerful shot to the chin. Though hurt, Cuadras came back to stop Estrada in his tracks with a combination of hard punches. The action was back and forth in round 10, with both fighters landing solid punches – though Cuadras had the edge.

 

In the early seconds of round 11, a wicked Estrada left hook sent Cuadras to the canvas. The courageous warrior got up quickly and went right back to war, but Estrada softened him up with more bodyshots. A right hand toppled Cuadras a little past the two-minute mark.

 

Cuadras got up once again, but was woozy and weakened. He fired some punches, but a solid right hand from Estrada convinced the referee to wave off the contest.

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