By Matt Lieberman: Juan Francisco Estrada is expecting to face super flyweight champion Kal Yafai next if he’s successful in defending his WBC belt against Dewayne Beamon this Saturday on . This is a Zanfer and Matchroom promoted card. Estrada is expected to make easy work of the American Beamon, who has done little to earn a title shot.

WBC super flyweight champion Estrada (39-3, 26 KOs) will be making his first defense of his WBC belt against #14 Beamon (16-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Multiples, in Hermosillo, Mexico.

2008 Olympian Yafai (26-0, 15 KOs) has looked shaky since winning the 115-pound title three years ago in beating Luis Conception by a 12 round unanimous decision in December 2016. Since that fight, Yafai has successfully defended his belt five times in beating these fighters:

  • Israel Gonzalez
  • Suguru Muranaka
  • Sho Ishida
  • David Carmona
  • Norbelto Jimenez

Yafai’s 12 round unanimous decision win over Israel Gonzalez last November was a controversial one, as many fans thought he lost. The judges scored it 116-112, 116-112 and 117-111. News 24 had Gonzalez winning. Yafai is promoted by of Matchroom.

Estrada vs. Yafai possible for vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. undercard on December 7

“Winning [the Beamon fight], I expect a unification match with Yafai,” said Estrada to Deportes. “There are rumors of [me] fighting [Yafai] on Andy Ruiz’s rematch with (Anthony) Joshua, and there we will unify the titles, If all goes well on August 24, those are the plans. The truth is that I expect a hard and good fight for people. I have already seen Beamon fight and I have seen videos. He is a fast, strong fighter. It will be an exciting fight, and I hope he comes well prepared to give him a great show to people. We expect 10 to 12 thousand people to break the record,” said Estrada.

Estrada facing Yafai on the undercard of vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch in S Arabia will give them a lot of visibility for both of them. If they end up as the co-feature, it would be a great career boost for the winner, and even the loser.

Estrada, 29, recently won the WBC title in beating champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai by a 12 round unanimous decision on April 26. The fight took place in Los Angeles, . The scores were 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112. Estrada built up an early lead, and then held on as the hard hitting Rungvisai came storming back late to make it close.


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