(East Los Angeles, CA) December 19, 2021 [From The Editor’s Desk]: Felicitaciones & Congratulations to Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada, (her red cape included), first on a successful and most triumphant, DAZN “Live-Streamed Knock-out” effort in defeating the Guatemalan lady warrior, Maria “Micheo” Santizo, in San Antonio, TX for the WBA’s Minimum Weight title belt at 105 lbs. We also want to wish her and her Famila “Feliz Navidad y Un Próspero Año Nuevo, as she proudly represented us as her fans in one of her career’s brightest moments while in the boxing ring. As the ring announcer, Jeremiah Gallegos, announced in his introduction, “And fighting out of East Los Angeles”...our support grew even stronger for her in anticipation of the bell to start the affair. As I’ve always said in my support of all of our athletes, professional and amateur, the deep pride of La Raza extends to these heroines, heros, and role models who were born and raised in our very own East L.A. Barrios and communities, to many others that are located well beyond it.
(Fight Recap): Although the bout was called at the (1:51) mark of Round 4, there was enough action, excitement, and adrenalin flowing in, and coming from all directions as this Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions Co-Main event, promoted under the Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (Mexico) vs. Yunieski Gonzalez (Cuban) card, got underway.
(Change of Plans): There was a reversal of the historic agreement to box the ten round Title fight in (3) minute long rounds, instead of the current standard of (2) minute rounds in women’s boxing as was originally publicized. The Texas Boxing Commission or the Fighters’ Managers decided to withdraw that decision and comply with two. With that said, let’s review the bout from the beginning.
(Bout Summary): Rounds 1 and 2 were both very quick, probative, stylish, and revealing at the same time. Estrada, the slightly larger fighter exponentially, looked bigger, quite stronger, very confident, and in 1,000% focus of her father Joe Estrada, and her trainer, Dean Campos’ fight plan. To many fans who had never seen an Estrada bout before this one, she also showed her precisely timed ambidexterity when she easily moved in a pivoting “step-through” stance, resulting in a new and seamless southpaw boxing style. Estrada’s main intention with that style was designed to keep Santizo very much in doubt of where she would attack from next. Give lots of credit to the willing challenger, Santizo, who displayed good, but intermittent crispness and power with her jab and her right-hand cross, hitting Estrada enough times to somewhat redden her face, but nothing more. Estrada, who was never in trouble or hurt, easily dominated the first two rounds with her speed, skills, combinations, and “power-punches.”
By Round 3, Estrada had demonstrated her instinctive prowess and boxing ringmanship in stalking, setting up, and hurting her opponent. In the final minute of this frame, Estrada managed to floor Santizo with a tremendous and thunderous left hook. After taking the standing 8 count, Santizo’s legs were wobbly, and she overall was dazed from the punching power taken in the exchange. After the count, Santizo, then battled back only briefly with her own counter-attack, but Estrada then showed even more of a pressure attack-mode. The round ended with Estrada pummeling her with more head and body shots in the last 10 seconds of the round that staggered her groggily into the ropes. The bell basically saved her from further assault by the Champion.
The final round started not much differently than the previous one, as Estrada smelled the “KO” cooking and then began to pound away and tenderize her opponent with huge rights, lefts, and uppercuts. Then, at the 1 minute mark left in the round, the Champion pulverized Santizo with another powerful left hook to the head. Santizo then just literally collapsed to the mat. The Referee immediately stepped-in immediately to stop the fight. Estrada was credited with a “KO” due to the fact that her opponent was no longer able to stand erect alone, take an administered 8 count, or ultimately “defend herself at all times” any longer. Fight over with only 9 seconds left in the round.
With that decision, Seniesa, the 29 year-old phenom, moved her unblemished record to a perfect (22-0/9 KOs). When asked by the DAZN post-fight interviewer, Chris Mannix, in the ring who she would like to face next, she immediately said she’d like a title reunification bout with the IBF Title holder from Costa Rica, and then possibly a huge rematch with Marlen Esparza. That fight could and should be made for 2022. It’ll be a fan favorite by far.
To close our featured story, we, at East L.A. Sports Scene and on behalf of our followers, all say in one collective voice to our shining star…“¡¡Que Viva Seniesa ‘Super Bad’ Estrada!!” y Sí se puede!!