LOS ANGELES — The charismatic and charming 29-year-old Seniesa Estrada is fastly growing into one of the faces of women’s boxing with her fierce skills in the ring.
Estrada (21-0, 8 KOs) picked up a world title in her second straight fight Friday night, scoring a unanimous decision win over Tenkai Tsunami (28-13-1, 16 KOs) to claim the WBO light flyweight championship in a competitive and spirited fight at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
Estrada was awarded scores of 99-91, 98-92, 98-92 over ten rounds to win the 108-pound title.
Estrada outlanded Tsunami 151 to 97 in total punches, per CompuBox. Estrada landed 43% (148/343) of her power punches.
Boxing since the age of 8, and with over 100 amateur bouts under her belt, in what Estrada lacked in age and pro experience over the more seasoned Tsunami, she made up with a savvy and non-stop attack throughout the entire fight.
Both females fought the first round at an eager pace, with Estrada jolting the Japanese fighter by landing 16 power punches compared to only one by Tsunami.
Estrada stormed by in the second and landed a vicious left hook 40 seconds into the round. The East Los Angeles native heard the roar of approval from the partisan crowd.
The fighter nicknamed “Super Bad” continued doing super well in the third round when the orthodox-standing Estrada started switching to a southpaw stance, pawing punches at Tsunami and frustrating the fighter seven years her senior.
Tsunami showed her championship pedigree in the fourth and held her own by landing a huge left to Estrada, who had her chin sticking out as a target.
The fifth round was highlighted by a five-punch flurry by Estrada, but Tsunami countered with a big punch of her own.
Estrada was the more active fighter in the sixth, landing 12 of 25 power punches, compared to 3 of 27 for Tsunami.
Estrada started chopping heavily away in the seventh, noticeably walking down and wearing down the bigger 16-year veteran.
Estrada continued the momentum in the eighth round with a huge assault, pushing Tsunami against the ropes. Tsunami was able to absorb the punishment, however, and countered whenever she could.
By the tenth round, both fighters knew the fight was somewhat close and started wailing away, much to the approval of the fans, who clapped in unison for the final 20 seconds of the bout.
Despite suffering her 13th career loss, Tsunami still has never suffered a knockout in her career. She was making her United States.
Estrada was coming off a March win over Anabel Ortiz in which she won the WBA minimumweight title.
Tsunami had won the title now held by Estrada in 2018 and defended it four times.
The fight took place as part of the Golden Boy Promotions card headlined by the Gilberto Ramirez vs. Sullivan Barrera bout and streamed on DAZN.
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