Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Carlos Cuadras to clash in rematch for world title

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Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Carlos Cuadras will renew hostilities with the vacant WBC world super-flyweight belt on the line at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday February 5, live worldwide on DAZN (except Thailand). 

The pair first met in May 2014 for the same title, with Cuadras claiming the crown via a unanimous technical decision following an accidental head clash in Mexico.  

There’s more than just the WBC crown on the line for Rungvisai and Cuadras, with the winner likely to be pitted against the winner of the March clash between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, setting up more fireworks in the always exciting 115lb division. 

“I'm really looking forward to winning in this championship bout,” said Rungvisai. “I really want to become the first three-time WBC champion of Thailand. I also have an unfinished business with Juan Francisco Estrada. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Matchroom and DAZN for making this fight possible".  

“I am very excited for this opportunity to fight for another world title,” said Cuadras. “We are sparring 3-4 different southpaws that have a similar style to Rungvisai. We are ready to win, and I am training very well in the high-altitude mountains of the ceremonial centre in Otomi in México."

A stacked card in support of the rematch is led by light-flyweight sensation Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez as he closes in on world title action. Rodriguez dispatched Jose Burgos in style inside four rounds in his last outing in Fresno in October. 

There’s more world title action on the card as Jamie Mitchell makes the first defence of her WBA bantamweight title against Carly Skelly. Mitchell claimed the strap in October in England by seeing off Shannon Courtenay via majority decision, with the belt only on the line for the American after then-champion Courtenay failed to make the weight.  

Raymond Ford defends his WBA Continental featherweight title for the second time against Edward Vazquez. Ford impressed in his first defence in New York in November, stopping Felix Carabello in eight rounds to retain the belt he landed in England in August via a third round KO of Reece Bellotti.  

Rungvisai and Cuadras headline the event that was initially due to be held at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, but logistical and operational issues mean the night moves venues but stays in Arizona and just a short distance to the downtown home of the Phoenix Suns.  

It’s a return to the venue for Matchroom where Daniel Jacobs defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in December 2019. A clash between Jessie Vargas and Liam Smith was slated to top the bill but the former tested positive for COVID forcing it to be postponed, with the fight set to be rescheduled. 

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