Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Carlos Cuadras will reignite the rivalry with the vacant WBC World Super-Flyweight belt on the line at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, February 5, around the world on DAZN.
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The duo first met in May 2014 for the same title, with Cuadras claiming the crown via a unanimous technical decision after an accidental head-on in Mexico.
There is more than just a WBC crown on the Rungvisai line (50-5-1 43 KOs) and Cuadras (39-4-1 27 KOs), with the likely winner facing the winner in the March match between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman “Chocolateto” Gonzalez, They set up more fireworks in the always-sexy 115-pound division.
Rongivsai heads into the match after winning three wins in Thailand after clashing with Estrada as he relinquished the WBC crown he is fighting for Quadras. Winning the rematch in Phoenix would see the 35-year-old win his third green and gold belt and nearly nine years since he first claimed that crown.
Quadras ended Rongefsay’s reign on that occasion and the Mexican made six title defenses before the Chocolatito took over the crown in California in September 2016. It’s the second time the 33-year-old has attempted to reclaim the throne and comes after him. His last fight for the belt as defending champion Estrada fell in the third round of his defense before the champions took control of Mexico in October 2020.
“I am really looking forward to winning this championship match,” said Rongavsay. “I really want to become Thailand’s first three-time WBC Champion. I also have unfinished business with Juan Francisco Estrada. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Matchroom and DAZN for making this fight possible.”
“I am very excited about this opportunity to fight for another world title,” Quadras said. “We are arguing 3 to 4 Feet South different have a style similar to that of the Rungvisai. We are ready to win, and I am training well in the tall mountains at the Ceremonial Center in Otome in Mexico.
“I would like to thank God first and Tekken, especially Mr. Honda who never left me and always helped me in boxing. We will not disappoint in the fight now and bring back another title for Mexico and Tekken.”
A stacked card to support a rematch led by lightweight sensation Jesse “Pam” Rodriguez as he approaches the world championship. Rodriguez (14-0 10 KOs) sent Jose Burgos in style through four rounds on his last outing in Fresno in October, and WBA #2 and WBO #4 will be looking to cement his claim to world titles against a soon-to-be-named opponent.
There’s more World Championship action on the card as Jimmy Mitchell makes her first WBA welterweight title defense against Carly Skelly. Mitchell (7-0-2 4 KOs) secured the belt in October in England by defeating Shannon Courtenay by majority decision, with only the belt on the American’s goal line after then-champion Courtenay failed to achieve the weight. After winning the belt at Liverpool, Mitchell will defend the title against a Liverpool fighter, as Skelly (4-0-1) battles for her first world title after winning the WBC International Super Bantamweight title at home against Dorota Norek in October, a year after a tie with Amy Timlin for the Commonwealth title.
Raymond Ford is defending his WBA Continental Featherweight title for the second time against Edward Vazquez. Ford (10-0-1 6 KOs) impressed in his first defense in New York in November, stopping Felix Carabello in eight rounds to retain the belt he landed in England in August via Reece Bellotti’s third round KO. The undefeated Texan Vasquez (11-0 3 KOs) will be looking to end Ford’s reign in Phoenix as the 26-year-old battles for his first title on his 12th professional tour.
Last match Aaron Aponte (4-0 KOs) is looking to extend his undefeated start in the pay ranks versus undefeated Canadian Louis Jordan (2-0 1 KO), talented light heavyweight Khalil Coe (1-0-1 1 KO) ) also meets with the Canadian opposition in the form of Stewart Twarzyk (1-0-1 1 KO) and there is a big stage for fighters from Arizona, heavyweight Adam Stewart (12-1-1 8 KOs) and middleweight Elijah Garcia (9-0) 8 KOs).
“Srisaket and Carlos promise to be another great fight for the world super heavyweight title,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Carlos beat Srisaket in their first fight seven years ago – and there is no doubt in my mind that this will be a fan-friendly war with so much at stake.
“The bottom card is full of talent. Jesse is the world champion in waiting and it’s very exciting to watch, Jimmy was fantastic beating Shannon in Liverpool and I know Carly will do everything she can to try to bring the title back to England and Ray’s stock is rising with every impressive win he scores. Aaron Ho Our latest signing and one to watch, Khalil is looking forward to coming back from a draw last time out and it’s a great opportunity for local players Adam and Elia to make an impression under the bright lights.”
Rungvisai and Cuadras lead the event that was initially slated to take place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, but logistical and operational issues mean overnight hopping spots but they remain in Arizona and a short distance from the downtown Phoenix Suns home. It’s a return to the Match Room where Daniel Jacobs defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in December 2019. It was due to headline the showdown between Jesse Vargas and Liam Smith, but the former player tested positive for COVID forcing him to postpone it. It is scheduled to be rescheduled.