NEW YORK (April 8, 2010) – Chicago welterweight “King” David Estrada believes a win this Saturday, in the 12-round main event for the vacant WBC FECOMBOX title against unbeaten Orlando “Olympico” Lora, could resuscitate his career.
Estrada (23-6, 14 KOs) vs. Lora (26-0-1, 18 KOs) headlines a special Saturday show on ESPN2, live from Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California.
“With this fight on national television,” 1996 PAL amateur champion Estrada explained, “I have to win it. It could put me in the top 10. I don’t know too much about Lora other than he’s taller than me and hasn’t fought anybody. He has a padded record. The only good fighter he’s faced is Hicklet Lau (DEC8), a crafty lefthander and a good friend of mine from when I lived in Miami. I’m sure Hicklet took that fight on late notice.”
Estrada recently signed a promotional contract with Boxing 360. “I feel good,” Estrada said about signing his new deal. “They’re going to do the right thing. We had a relationship that was built before I signed.”
If Estrada upsets Lora, he has his sights set on WBC champion Andre Berto, who stopped “King” David in the 11th round of their 2007 fight. “First, though, I want to fight (Luis Carlos) Abregu again. (Abregu won by a 10-round split decision.) Everybody knows I really won that fight. I know they’d be a different outcome in both of those fights. I’m feeling as good as I’ve ever been.”
Estrada has been in a similar situation as he faces Saturday night against Lora. In 2005, Estrada stopped previously undefeated Chris Smith (19-0-1) in the 11th round. “King” is hoping for a boxing déjà-vu!