Juan Francisco Estrada was born in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. He lost his parents at the age of 7, making his childhood difficult though he was raised by his loving aunt. He matured at an early age and was boxing by his 9th birthday. Once the boxing gloves were on his fists, he never took them off, with an innate realization that someday he’d be a professional and he’d make history in Mexican boxing. When he was 15 years old he moved to Hermosillo, Sonora, to concentrate on his boxing career, successfully representing his state on regional and national tournaments and nationally. Out of 98 amateur bouts, he successfully won 94 fights, while winning national championships four times. He was becoming a shining star.
At 18 years old, he turned professional, still carrying his alias “El Gallo”. In Hermosillo, he has a large following due to his charisma, humility and professionalism.
“El Gallo’s” first loss was against Juan Carlos Sanchez, Jr., current IBF Jr. Bantamweight Champion, by unanimous decision in an 8th round bout. He captures the attention of the boxing world with a first round double knockdown and a second round KO of Filipino, Ardin Diale, during the bout held in Hermosillo, Mexico. After this great performance he went to California to unsuccessfully face Ramon Gonzalez (WBA Jr. Flyweight) for a lower division title, losing by unanimous decision.
After this loss, he returns to the flyweight division. This is when a World Title opportunity presented itself against World Champion Brian “Hawaian Punch” Viloria in a Historical event in Macao, China on April 6th 2013. He wrote history when he won by split decision becoming the WBO/WBA Flyweight Champion at only 22 years of age.