by Jeff Arono: In a big improvement for the February 5 card, former flyweight champion Carlos Quadras and Srisaket Sur Rungesai will replace Jesse Vargas against Liam Smith in the main event at DAZN at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Quadras (39-4-1, 27 KOs) and Runjvesai (50-5-1, 43 KO) will face the vacant WBC super flyweight title that was recently vacated by champion Juan Francisco Estrada.
“Srisaket and Carlos promise to be another great fight at the Super-Flyweight World Championships,” said Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn. “Carlos beat Srisaket in their first fight seven years ago – And I have no doubt that this will be a fan-friendly war with so much at stake.
Eight years ago, Quadras defeated Rongefsay by technical decision eight rounds in May 2014 in Mexico. The match was interrupted due to Quadras’ injury to his left eye, which made it necessary to stop the match.
Quadras had a good game plan for that fight, as he used a lot of movement and an inside and outside attack to win the rounds. Quadras knew better than to stand up to a hardened Rongvisai and try to trade with him that way Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez He did in his two fights with the Thai fighter.
Rongvesai looked like he’d come on hiatus eight years ago against Quadras, and it’s possible that he could have won had the fight taken the title role.
Quadras’ scheme to defeat Rongvesai was followed by a letter from Estrada, who used movement, in and out attacks to defeat the Thai fighter in a rematch in April 2019.
Rongvesai had defeated Estrada by a 12-round majority decision in his first fight in February 2018. Juan Francisco made the mistake of standing right in front of the Thai fighter.
We’ll see if Quadras can pull his old game plan out of mothballs to employ a rematch strategy with the 35-year-old Rongvesai.
This would likely be Quadras’ only chance to defeat Rongvesai because if he stood in front of him, he would be broken. Rungvisai hits hard, and his game is centered on hitting him with his weaker enemies.
Since losing a rematch with Estrada in 2019, Rongvesai has won his last three matches, albeit against a low-profile opponent.
Quadras, the 115-pound, 33-year-old former WBC Champion, once promising, has waned since losing to Chocolatito in 2016.
Since that fight, Cuadras has lost twice to Juan Francisco Estrada and was beaten by McWilliams Arroyo. In his last fight, he stopped Estrada Cuadras in the eleventh round in October 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico.
The WBC recently promoted Estrada to franchise champion at 115, which frees him up to defend the 115-pound WBA title against Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez on March 5 in San Diego, California.
Had it not been for WBC making the move, Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs) would have had to defend against WBC Rungvisai #1 in a three-way match.
There is nothing wrong with this fight, but the boxing public would rather see a three-way bout between Chocolatito and Estrada now. It is expected that the winners of Rungvisai vs. Cuadras 2 and Estrada vs. Chocolatito 3 to unite the two belts in the super flyweight later this year.
Vargas-Smith’s fight was postponed because Vargas, the 32-year-old former second division world champion, tested positive for COVID 19.
That wasn’t a big fight, even though Vargas is past his tenure and is no longer relevant.
This fight was not put into the main event because the match winner has virtually no chance of beating 154-pound WBO champ Brian Castano.