On the eve of a blockbuster Southern California fight night at The Forum and broadcasted live on DAZN, the fighters all successfully tipped the scales at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. In the main event of Friday night’s fight card, pound-for-pound star Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada will meet again at the site of their first fight, which was a leading contender for “Fight of the Year” in 2018.
Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41KOs) will defend his WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight World titles against Estrada (38-3, 26 KOs) in the main event of the evening. In the co-main event of the night, Daniel Roman (26-2-1, 10KOs) and TJ Doheny (21-0, 15KOs) will meet to unify the WBA and IBF Super Bantamweight World titles. Kicking off the main card at 9:30 p.m. ET on DAZN, former two-division World Champion Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10KOs) will move up to super welterweight to conquer a new weight class when he faces off against veteran Humberto Soto (69-9-2, 37KOs).
The televised undercard of the evening will commence at 7:30 p.m. ET on DAZN with three fights before the main card begins at 9:30 p.m. ET.
12-Round WBC & Ring Magazine Super Flyweight World Title Bout @ 115 lbs.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai: 114.2 lbs.
Juan Francisco Estrada: 114.6 lbs.
12-Round WBA & IBF Super Bantamweight World Title Bout @ 122 lbs.
Daniel Roman: 121.2 lbs.
TJ Doheny: 121.8 lbs.
10-Round Super Welterweight Bout @ 151 lbs.
Jessie Vargas: 150.4 lbs.
Humberto Soto: 150.4 lbs.
In the kick off press conference at Beauty and Essex in Hollywood, California, the media gathered to preview the stacked double-header on April 26 at The Forum, featuring the rematch for the WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight titles between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada, as well as the Super Bantamweight unification between WBA champion Daniel Roman and IBF Titlist TJ Doheny. The undercard fights will feature former World Champion Jessie Vargas moving up to the 154-pound division and the 2019 debut of former World Champion Scott Quigg in separate bouts. The fighters discussed their preparations for the fight before heading to training camp.
Juan Francisco Estrada
“I’m extremely excited for this rematch. I know a lot of fans were asking for it. I’m getting ready to bring the title back to Mexico. I’m confident that I’m going to win the fight, but I’m also very excited to watch some of the undercard fights. I think it’s a stacked card, I like a lot of these fighters, so it will be a good card for everybody.”
“I’m excited to be back home and excited that TJ’s here. This is a fight you want to see. The best against the best, champion against champion. I’ve been asking for this fight since I won the world title, and finally it’s here. It’s going to be a great card, but I feel we’re going to steal the show that night.”
“This is the kind of fight I want to be involved in. It’s a dream of mine – as soon as I got my world title that’s all I’ve been pushing for is a unification. I want to thank Daniel Roman for taking the fight and wanting to unify the division. In my opinion this is probably the best two 122 fighters in the world going off right now. There’s a lot of respect between myself and Danny… a fight of this magnitude does not need that kind of stuff. Come April 26 when that first bell goes, the respect will be gone out the window, and the fans can expect fireworks.”
“I’ve had a couple of changes in this training camp. First and foremost, I brought in Freddie Roach, and I’m glad he was able to include me in his training camp. It’s been a great journey so far. It’s my first time leaving Las Vegas for a training camp, and it’s become a great outcome. I definitely feel a big difference – I’m 100% focused on the task at hand making my 154 debut, and I look forward to becoming a three-division world champion. Follow me on this quest! I’m looking forward to a brighter, greater future, where I think that you still have the best to see of me. I’m excited to be fighting at The Forum. It’s a great venue – every seat is a good seat inside The Forum. We have a great night of boxing.”
“Coming off my last fight in October last year in Boston, back to winning ways, I moved up to Super Featherweight. This year now it’s about going on again and becoming a two-weight world champion. I believe I’ve got the capabilities and I’m still improving as a fighter. Working with Freddie now, I’ve been with him since 2017 and still feel like I’m getting better. This year is about progressing.”