Juan Francisco Estrada's first WBC super flyweight title defense was a resounding success.
Returning to his home country of Mexico, Estrada put on a show, dropping Dewayne Beamon twice in the second round and later stopping him in the ninth round to retain his 115-pound title. The fight, which headlined a Matchroom Boxing on DAZN event, took place in Estrada's birthplace of Sonora.
Starting off, Beamon showed he would not be intimidated by Estrada or by the pro-Estrada Mexican crowd. In the first round, Beamon landed several left hands as he constantly moved around the ring, avoiding Estrada’s combinations.
The second round was where it all turned around for Estrada. After Beamon briefly staggered Estrada, Beamon became too aggressive and got caught with a left hand, sending him to the canvas. Beamon got back up, but was quickly knocked down again due to a left hook to the body thrown by the Mexican.
Estrada continued his assault on Beamon by landing numerous short combinations in the third round, but Beamon still remained agile and willing to trade punches with the champion at times in the following rounds. Once the fifth round began, Beamon looked to be the aggressor as Estrada proceeded to step back and tried to take his challenger out with counter punches. But as the fight progressed, Beamon was able to keep Estrada in check, turning in several competitive, close rounds, gaining more confidence with each passing round.
The champion managed to hurt Beamon late in the eighth round with a three-punch combination and had him struggling to stay vertical. Beamon did manage to answer back with a straight right hand with just seconds remaining in the seventh round, but it ended being the last big punch he landed for the remainder of the fight. After getting hit with numerous right hands in the eighth round, Beamon was stopped less than a minute into the ninth round thanks to a furious combination from Estrada.
As for what is next for Estrada, he is certainly going to look to secure a world title unification with WBA champion Kal Yafai as both are promoted by Matchroom Boxing. Previously, Estrada said there are plans in place for the two unify their belts on the undercard of the December 7 card in Saudi Arabia headlined by the rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua.