Seniesa Estrada stops Gretchen Abaniel in 4, eyes Marlen Esparza grudge match

Junior flyweight contender Seniesa Estrada scored a fourth round knockout victory over Gretchen Abaniel Thursday night at The Avalon in Hollywood, California.

With the victory, Estrada improved to 17-0 (7 knockouts).

In her last bout on Feb. 23, the 26-year-old Estrada stopped Venezuela’s Yenifel Leon after the fifth round in Tijuana, Mexico. She has displayed more aggression and power in recent fights, having stopped her previous four opponents entering Thursday’s fight.

Estrada, who resides in nearby East Los Angeles, was on the attack from the opening bell against Abaniel, initiating exchanges and landing often with counter or lead left hooks to the head. Abaniel, who was stopped by WBO junior flyweight titleholder Naoka Fujiola in her previous fight on July 29, attempted to fight in the pocket, but was not able to keep Estrada off of her.

A cut from an accidental head-butt open along the left scalp of Estrada early in round three, which might have prompted Estrada to go on the attack for fear the fight would get stopped and be declared a no-decision.

Estrada’s best round was the fourth, where she connected with several combinations to the head and body. After the fourth round, Abaniel, whose face was bruised from the amount of punches she received from Estrada, did not answer the bell for round five.

With the win, Estrada could be in line for a world title fight. There is also the possibility she could face fellow junior flyweight contender and unbeaten Marlen Espinoza, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Estrada is open to fighting Esparza, with whom she has exchanged hostilities on social media, or for a world title belt.

“Everyone knows about the rivalry between me and Marlen Esparza,” said Estrada after the fight. “Eventually, this fight is going to happen. She can get it any time. For now, I want a title shot. I want to face (WBC titleholder) Yesenia Gomez. Let’s make it happen in September.”

Abaniel (18-11, 6 KOs), who is originally from the Philippines and now resides Roselands, Australia, has now lost her last three fights.

Junior featherweight contender Azat Hovhannisyan (17-3, 14 KOs) stopped Glenn Porras in the fourth round.

Hovahannisyan, who is originally from Armenia and now resides in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, battered the outgunned Porras from the opening bell. Despite Porras’ grit and toughness, Hovhannisyan landed at will, bruising Porras’ face from the number of punches landed.

The 30-year-old Hovhannisyan continued to land at will, and after pinning Porras in a corner and battering him repeatedly, referee Sharon Sands stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:08.

Hovhannisyan has now won his last three bouts since his unanimous decision loss to WBC junior featherweight titleholder Rey Vargas on May 12 of last year.

Porras (32-9, 20 KOs), who resides in Cotabato in the Philippines, has now lost four of his last seven bouts.

In the opening bout of the Golden Boy-DAZN ‘Thursday Night Fights’ telecast, bantamweight prospect Carlos Caraballo (12-0, 12 KOs) knocked out Esteban Aquino of the Dominican Republic in the second round. A counter left cross from Caraballo dropped Aquino (12-7, 7 KOs) to the canvas, where referee Zac Young counted Aquino out at 1:52.

Lightweight Cesar Valenzuela of Phoenix pulled off the minor upset by defeating former prospect Christian Gonzalez (19-4, 16 KOs) by unanimous decision.

All three judges scored the bout 79-73 for Valenzuela, who improves 15-6-1, 5 KOs. Gonzalez, who resides in nearby Buena Park, has now lost three of his last four bouts.

In light heavyweight action, Bektemir Melikuziev knocked out veteran Martin Rios (23-20-4, 13 KOs) with a body punch at 1:39 of the opening round. Melikuziev won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at santio89@yahoo.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing 

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Boxing results from the weekend: Seniesa Estrada, Jose Antonio Rivera, Angel Ruiz, More

Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada (17-0, 7 KOs) overcame her toughest challenge yet as she defeated Gretchen “Chen Chen” Abaniel (18-11, 6 KOs) via technical knockout to defend her WBC Silver Light Flyweight Championship in the scheduled 10-round main event of the June 13 edition of Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Avalon Hollywood. Abaniel was […]

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Seniesa Estrada faces Gretchen Abaniel on June 13 Thursday Night Fights card

After fighting across the border in Mexico in her most recent bouts, junior flyweight contender Seniesa Estrada will finally fight at home.

Estrada returns to the ring on June 13, when she will square off against Gretchen Abaniel at The Avalon in Hollywood, California.

The 10-round bout will headline a ‘Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights’ card that will be streamed live on RingTV or on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).

Estrada (16-0, 6 knockouts), who resides in East Los Angeles, last fought on Feb. 22 in Tijuana, stopping Venezuela’s Yenifer Leon after the fifth round. The 26-year-old Estrada has garnered a modest following in and around the Los Angeles-area, which Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes her, attributes more to her fan-friendly style.

“We chose Seniesa to headline the (June 13) card,” Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Roberto Diaz told RingTV. “She’s progressed really well. I’m very impressed. You can see the hard work she puts in the gym. People will say she has no punch, (but) she has four knockouts in her last five fights. I think she’s convincing people that not only can she box, but she can punch as well.”

“There are some big plans for her by the end of the year.”

Estrada will defend her regional title belt against Abaniel. Estrada has won her last four bouts after notching three consecutive victories by decision.

Abaniel (18-10, 6 KOs), who is originally from Puerto Princesa City in the Philippines, was stopped in her last bout by WBO female junior flyweight titleholder Tenkai Tsunami on July 29. Abaniel has lost her last two bouts after winning her previous three.

Including the loss to Tsunami, the 33-year-old Abaniel has fought for a world title belt six times, losing all six times.

Junior featherweight contender Azat Hovhannisyan (16-3, 13 KOs) will face Glen Porras (32-8, 20 KOs) of the Philippines in a 10-round bout. Hovhannisyan challenged and lost to WBC junior featherweight titleholder Rey Vargas on May 12 of last year.

Lightweight Christian ‘Chimpa’ Gonzalez (19-3, 15 KOs) and bantamweight Carlos Caraballo (11-0, 11 KOs) will fight in separate eight-round bouts.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at santio89@yahoo.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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Seniesa Estrada In The Main Event Of Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights – June 13

Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada (16-0, 6 KOs), one of the most important female boxers of this era, will look to take over Hollywood, Calif. as she defends her WBC Silver Light Flyweight Title for a second time in a 10-round main event against a soon-to-be announced opponent. The event will take place on Thursday, June 13 […]

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