Estrada vs Chocolatito 3 Marks The End Of A Legendary Modern-Day Rivalry
Juan Francisco Estrada (43-3 28 KOs) and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (51-3 41 KOs) meet in an epic trilogy clash at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona this Saturday, December 3, live on DAZN worldwide. The Promoters, Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, are expecting an impressive crowd of around 9,000 people in the arena which is remarkable considering the weight class of these fighters.
Estrada and Chocolatito will finally go toe-to-toe for the third time in their storied careers, with their last meeting in March 2021 a fight-of-the-year contender that Estrada controversially edged via split decision in Dallas. That victory levelled the score between the pair after Chocolatito won their first battle back in November 2012, and now they will lock horns once again for their third mouth-watering battle a decade on from the first.
Estrada vs Chocolatito 3 Undercard
Julio Cesar Martinez (18-2 14 KOs) will put his WBC World Flyweight title on the line against unbeaten Spaniard Samuel Carmona (8-0, 4 KOs) in the co-feature. Carmona has only had 8 professional bouts but laced up the gloves over 200 times in the unpaid ranks and had a successful stint in the WSB.
Martinez and Carmona share a common opponent in Joel Cordova who was stopped in six by the Mexican but took Carmona ten highly-competitive rounds and almost handed him his first career defeat. Carmona stepped in as a late replacement after the withdrawal of McWilliams Arroyo.
Should Martinez win, the plan according to trainer Eddy Reynoso and promoter Hearn is to go into unification bouts in 2023 which could include Britain’s Sunny Edwards, promotional stable mate Bam Rodriguez, should he win the WBO next, and Ukraine’s Artem Dalakian.
Mexico’s Joselito Velazquez and Nicaragua’s Cristofer Rosales clash over ten rounds. Velazquez (15-0-1 10 KOs) steps back through the ropes for the first time since landing a sixth-round stoppage win over Jose Soto in Las Vegas on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol, and ‘El Huracan’, ranked #4 with the IBF and #13 with the WBC will be gunning for an impressive win over the former World champion to enter the World title picture in 2023.
Rosales (34-6 21 KOs) has his own designs on recapturing a World strap as he targets a third straight win to add further momentum to his drive to become a two-time World ruler. The 28-year-old held the WBC crown in 2018 and faced Julio Cesar Martinez for the vacant belt in Phoenix in 2019, and will be aiming to notch the first win of the night for Nicaraguan boxing, before Chocolatito in the main event.
Remainder of the Estrada Chocolatito 3 Undercard
Ammo Williams (12-0, 9 KOs) vs Simon Madsen (13-0, 10 KOs) – 10 Round Middleweight
Diego Pacheco (16-0) vs Adrian Luna (24-8-2) – 10 Rounds Super Middleweight
Beatriz Ferreira (1-0) vs Carisse Brown (7-2, 4 KOs) 6 Rounds Super Featherweight
Marc Castro (8-0, 6 KOs) vs Maickol Lopez Villagrana (16-3, 8 KOs) – 8 Rounds Super Featherweight
Anthony Herrera (3-0-1, 2 KOs) vs Christian Sullivan (8-0, 5 KOs) – 6 Rounds Super Flyweight
Estrada vs Chocolatito 3 Start Times, TV Channel, Main Event Ring Walks
Estrada vs Chocolatito 3 will be live on sports streaming service DAZN around the world. DAZN is available to subscribe to for £7.99.
The preliminary action, shown on the Matchroom and DAZN YouTube channels, is scheduled to begin at 10:10 pm BST (5:10 pm ET, 2:10 pm PT). The main card action starts at 1:00 am BST (8 pm ET, 5 am PT).
Estrada Chocolatito 3 main event ring walks are expected at approximately 4:00 am BST (11:00 pm ET, 8:00 pm PT).
Estrada vs Chocolatito 3 Running Order, Weights
First bell – 3.10pm MST
LIVE ON BEFORE THE BELL
4 x 2 mins Super-Featherweight contest
Beatriz Ferreira 129.5lbs vs. Carisse Brown 129.3lbs
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil Lakeland, Florida
6 x 3 mins Featherweight contest
Anthony Herrera 119.6lbs vs. Christian Sullivan 119.7lbs
Los Angeles, California Casa Grande, Arizona
8 x 3 mins Lightweight contest
Marc Castro 133.6lbs vs. Maickol Lopez 132lbs
Fresno, California Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
10 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
Austin Williams 162.1lbs vs. Simon Madsen 160.6lbs
Houston, Texas Cancun, Mexico
LIVE ON DAZN FROM 6PM MST
10 x 3 mins Flyweight contest
Joselito Velazquez 112.3lbs vs. Cristofer Rosales 112.6lbs
Oaxaca, Mexico Managua, Nicaragua
10 x 3 mins WBC USNBC Silver Super-Middleweight title
Diego Pacheco 167.4lbs vs. Adrian Luna 168lbs
Los Angeles, California Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México
12 x 3 mins WBC World Flyweight title
Julio Cesar Martinez 111lbs vs. Samuel Carmona 111.4lbs
Mexico City, Mexico Las Palmas, Spain
12 x 3 mins WBC and Ring Magazine Super-Flyweight titles
Juan Francisco Estrada 115lbs vs. Roman Gonzalez 114.7lbs
Hermosillo, Mexico Managua, Nicaragua