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Superfly Returns!!

The 115-pound division is back under the spotlight but has one glaring omission.

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

Tom Loeffler and 360 promotions have confirmed that we will indeed see a third 'Superfly' card later this year. The card will take place at The Forum in Inglewood, California on September 8th and be shown live on HBO. 

As elated as I am that the 115-pound division will return for a third stanza under the spotlight, the bad news is that WBC super-flyweight champion, Sriasket Sor Rungvisai will not take part. Ring Magazine's pound for pound elect has instead opted to make a defence of his title in his native Thailand. This, of course, means for any fan wishing to see the rematch between Rungvisai and 'El Gallo', Juan Francisco Estrada is going to have to wait until next year at least. However, the talk of the town is that a rematch of the 2012 light-flyweight title fight between Estrada and Gonzalez is possible as Superfly 3's headliner. That fight has very high stakes for both men. In modern boxing it takes but a few high profile losses to relegate you to a status that is very hard to claw your way back from, no matter how close the fight you lose actually is. 

Tom Loeffler and  HBO must be commended for the fantastic job they have done in bringing this division to the forefront of mainstream boxing attention. Super-Flyweight is effectively dominated by south-east Asian and Mexican fighters, give or take one or two exceptions. Unless you are an avid, die-hard boxing fan up until recently YouTube or live-streaming was your only real source of information on this great division. That was of course until HBO put on their first 'SuperFly' card headlined by the former pound for pound number one, Roman Gonzalez and Rungvisai in September 2017 at the Stub Hub Centre, California. That bout really punctuated Rungvisai's entry into the mainstream boxing media with a devastating fourth-round knockout over 'Chocolatito'. Such was the success of the first telecast, HBO did a second this February. Rungvisai again capturing mainstream attention. Only this time against a man who I think is the most underrated fighter in the sport today, Juan Francisco Estrada. If you've yet to see 'SuperFly' 2 I implore you to make time to watch it. The main event is certainly a fight of the year candidate. 

For too long have the smaller boxers lived in the shadows of their heavier, stronger peers. Now is the time for heroes to rise from the lightest of weight classes, to be lauded for their pugilistic prowess. The dawn of the Superfly has been and gone, but the rise ... is only just beginning.