Estrella's technique gets nod over Duarte's pressure to hand prospect first loss

By Justin Hackman


Adrian Estrella W10 Oscar Duarte: The first half of this lightweight fight in Indio, California looked like little more than a boxing exhibition.  Adrian Estrella (28-3, 24 KOs) danced and jabbed, while Oscar Duarte (15-0-1, 10 KOs) feigned at cutting off the ring.  Each advancing round saw Duarte open up further and capitalize on his pressure.  His combinations were crisp and powerful.  And with a full tank of gas, it was Duarte who established himself as the boss entering the final nine minutes.  However, though seemingly outgunned, Estrella would not lay down easily.  He absorbed a variety of body and head shots, but stuck to his game plan of jabs and lateral movement, and had more than his fair share of successful moments throughout.  The question entering the final round was did Duarte lose too many of the coin flips that were the judges’ scorecards in the first half of the fight.  And indeed he did, as the final scores read 97-93 for Duarte and 98-92, 96-94 for Estrella.  Oscar Duarte, now 10-1-1 (10KO), is forced to endure defeat for the first time in his young career, while Adrian Estrella improves to 29-3 with 24 wins by stoppage. source: dazn