Allan Cerf previews the Estrada vs. Beamon fight
Particulars: On August 24,2019, at Centro De Usos, Multiples, Hermosillo, Mexico (DAZN) it’s Juan “El Gallo” Francisco Estrada, versus Dewayne “Stop Running” Beamon, Super Flyweights.
Background: Estrada is the man that gave Sur Rungsvisai a rematch defeat that pleased me immensely. Rungsvisai had in turn stopped Roman Gonzalez in their rematch and kudos for that. As the boxing world knows, Rungsvisai had been awarded a victory in his first tilt against Gonzalez. Rungsvisai of course, doesn’t control boxing politricks and is a fine guy and tremendous pugilist. Yet I for one was pleased, wrongly or not, at this turn of fate.
Pundits have long noted that despite a thrilling all-action style, Rungsvisai takes a lot of shots and many felt time would run him down. Well, it did in April of this year, when Estrada, a good fighter, won a clear decision against the Thai star.
I am not a huge fan of the extreme low weight classes- though this could change as some of the best fights in the sport are increasingly contested well south of lightweight. How hard do these miniature world-beaters hit? I told an MMA diehard friend that I honestly feel that guys like Roman Gonzalez and Rungsvisai would handily beat guys like Connor McGregor, so long as height and reach are about equal. Add Estrada to the list. Even tiny boxers hit very, very hard.
Dewayne Beamon, a likeable guy in interviews, is being given a huge and perhaps undeserved opportunity. Incredibly, he’s 34, looks about 20 and while he had a competent amateur career, states his mother’s prohibition of boxing is the reason he began his boxing career late in life. He’s had only 18 pro fights. A big majority of which have come versus Latino fighters. This is the only rationale I can see for him landing the bout – and good luck to him.
Fighter’s Grades: (Speed, Power, Defense, Reach, Age, Stamina, Experience)
Juan Francisco Estrada: B B B B+ B B B+ (Average of all) B (3.1)
Dewayne Beamon: B B- C+ B C- B B- (Average of all) C+ (2.6)
Reality Check: As the whole boxing world with an IQ above room temperature knows, with few exceptions (Mayweather, Fury, Canelo) promoters and their matchmakers are the real kingmakers in this sport. Sometimes head-scratching anomalies spring up innocently, as is the case in this bout, sometimes not so innocently. Also, throw in that strange habits at the very low weights that wouldn’t fly at say, lightweight and above, somehow work down south where the 118 pounders thrive. How Estrada gets away with dipping his head, eyes down to the canvas for long stretches without having it removed from shoulders by an uppercut – I can’t say. Also, Estrada would get a double hiding from Sugar Ray Leonard as he reaches in with BOTH hands. Gets away with it, moves well, is tenacious, courageous and hey, it’s working for him. You have to have something to beat a Sur Rungsvisai, regardless how shopworn.
As for Mr. Beamon- he’s an upbeat, genial guy and all-round athlete. One who is now engaging in his favorite sport (of many) despite his Mom’s prohibition. He’s in shape and he can box. Other than that, I just don’t get the super low weights (my fault of course) in particular, or this affair in general.
Fight and Prediction: Estrada’s greatest talent is tenacity. I see him wining by late stoppage in a fight for the extreme fans of the small guys.