Juan Francisco Estrada Stripped of Super Flyweight Title
Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada is no longer the WBA super flyweight champion.
Estrada was forced to relinquish his title by the boxing’s major sanctioning body, World Boxing Association. The decision was made following Estrada’s inability to defend his title, which he won back on March 13, 2021, with a split decision victory over the Argentinian prodigy, Roman Gonzalez.
At the start of this year, the organizing committee ordered the Mexican to fight Joshua Franco, the mandatory challenger for the title.
Subsequently, a purse bid was sent on April 4 with bidding rights won by Franco’s representatives, Golden Boy Promotions, the sole participant in the process. Following that, the signed contracts were sent, according to which the fight was to take place on July 16.
Estrada didn’t observe the instructions which led the WBA to inquire about his future plans in boxing and, after deciphering the Mexican intentions, the organizing committee ordered the removal of Mexican as the super flyweight champion.
Estrada was guilty of not following the WBA’s rule D-14, which states that a fight that went to auction must take place between 45 and 90 days after the bidding date, but as the Mexican veteran didn’t pay heed to this ruling, he is now left with no title around his waist.