General Santos City’s Raymond Tabugon (18-5-1, 8KOs) will face Sonora Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada for a 10-round non-title match at the Estadio Francisco León García, in Sonora, Mexico on Saturday night.
Tabugon traveled to Mexico for the second time hoping for a win this time after being knocked out in the fifth round against Juan Hernandez Navarrete during his 2015 trip to Mexico. A fight with Estrada is a huge step-up in competition for Tabugon. He’s the obvious underdog against the experienced and former flyweight champion Estrada.
Estrada (33-2, 24KO’s) resume includes notable wins against top boxers like Brian Viloria, Milan Melindo, Giovani Segura and Hernan Marquez. He also once faced but lost to the number one pound-for-pound boxer Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua.
Sanman Promotions CEO Jim Claude ‘JC’ Manangquil who handled Tabugon said that he “expect Tabugon to fight hard like he always does.”
Although Estrada has the experience and crowd on his side, but for sure he’ll be experiencing some ring rust as he was sidelined for almost 13 months because of an injury to his right hand. He got the injury during his fight against fellow Mexican Tyson Marquez. Estrada needed an operation and it remains to be seen tonight how good his right hand.