World Boxing News ranks Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada Romero of Puerto Peñasco 9th on its list of pound-for-pound boxers. Gallo’s decisive technical knock-out victory over Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras on October 24th in Mexico City indeed kicked him back into the top 10 of the global boxing sphere!
Carlos “Principe” Cuadras of Guamúchil, Sinaloa, came out strong on Saturday night, knocking Puerto Peñasco’s pride to the mat in the 3rd round. Curiously, last time the two faced each other in 2017, Cuadras had also come out gloves blazing before Gallo carried that fight by unanimous decision.
On Saturday night, there was no room for the decision to be left to the judges’ cards. Despite an early fall in the 12-round fight, Gallo came back to dominate nearly the rest of the match, taking Cuadras to the mat twice in the 11th round before the referee finally called it.
In this strange era of covid-19, well on display during the televised bout with only trainers and a handful of others around the ring, Gallo had some lessons on determination to share. Above all, Gallo was determined to hold onto his WBC Superflyweight title, paving the way for a highly anticipated rematch against Román “Chocolatito” González possibly in 2021.
To be great, you first have to believe in yourself
Following the fight, Gallo shared this inspirational message with all of his fans and followers. He also made sure everyone got a front row seat to the stitches going in over both eyes, along with the note “It’s ok to fall, but it’s an obligation to get back up.”
Shortly after Gallo was pronounced winner of Saturday night’s title bout, and still WBC Super Flyweight Champion of the World, Puerto Peñasco neighborhoods erupted in music and applause! Despite however socially distant, with many watching the fight from home, others with friends gathered on an outdoor patio, or gawking at the screen at one of the local sports bars, everyone knows that Gallito ranks #1 in the hearts and minds of every Rocaportense. Perhaps even more so this year.