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Seniesa Estrada Outboxes Yokasta Valle in Undisputed Clash

Seniesa Estrada Outboxes Yokasta Valle in Undisputed Clash

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Seniesa Estrada Outboxes Yokasta Valle in Undisputed Clash

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Seniesa Estrada Outboxes Yokasta Valle in Undisputed Clash

Seniesa Estrada (26-0, 9 KOs) boxed her way to become the undisputed minimumweight champion against Yokasta Valle (30-3, 9 KOs).

The fight was on the undercard of Óscar Valdez’s clash against Liam Wilson promoted by Top Rank. Viewers in the United States could catch the action live on ESPN+. All judges had the fight 97-93 for the American. With the win, Estrada is now unbeaten in all seven of her world title bouts.

Seniesa Estrada vs. Yokasta Valle for Undisputed Glory

Fight Recap

Estrada controlled the distance from the opening round, not allowing Valle to come close and land her punches. A clash of heads towards the end of the first opened a cut on the right eye of Costa Rican. In rounds three and four, Valle’s swinging shots started to find a home.

As the rounds went on, Estrada’s footwork was making her hard to hit. Regardless of whether she was in the orthodox or southpaw stance, “Super Bad” was able to use her lead hand to keep her opponent at bay. Anytime Valle got close, she got hit with hard hooks. In the ninth, Estrada did a bit of showboating, an indication of her confidence in being ahead at some point in the fight.

Valle had the most success in the final round, repeatedly landing power shots. Despite this last stand, it was not enough to overcome the deficit. Estrada’s footwork and defence helped get her the win on the scorecards.

Post-Fight Interview

Seniesa Estrada

“I feel better,” said EstradaI’m happy. It’s something I’ve been wanting for a long time, becoming undisputed. It finally happened, and I accomplished my dreams. I’m beyond overwhelmed and happy.”

“The difference in this fight. I knew she would come in and be aggressive like she always is. That’s her style, and I knew I would take everything away from her that she does best.”

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“I’m very competitive and I want to be the best. In this training camp, there were days where it was difficult for me to go to the gym. My body was hurting, my back was hurting. My hand was hurting. But I pushed through because that’s what champions do because I want to be great.”

Yokasta Valle

“I did feel [the headbutt that opened the cut] was intentional,” said Valle. “I felt that she did that coming towards me in the first round, and I had to struggle through that for the last nine rounds.”

Undercard Results

Raymond Muratalla, Lindolfo Delgado Pick Up Wins

Raymond Muratalla (20-0, 16 KOs) won a unanimous decision against Xolisani Ndongeni (31-5, 18 KOs). Scores for the 10-round lightweight bout were 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93.

Lindolfo Delgado (20-0, 15 KOs) got a stoppage victory against Carlos Sánchez (25-3, 19 KOs). Delgado sent his opponent to the canvas with a right hook in round seven. Referee Mark Nelson began counting but then waved the fight off, giving Delgado the TKO win. The time of stoppage for this 10-round super lightweight contest was 0:48. Sánchez also went down in round five.

Richard Torrez Jr. and Emiliano Vargas Victorious

Richard Torrez Jr. (9-0, 9 KOs) won his eight-round heavyweight bout against Don Haynesworth (18-9-1, 16 KOs) by knockout. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in to stop the fight after a barrage of punches from Torrez. The time of stoppage was 2:19 of the opening round.

In a six-round middleweight clash, Sergio Rodriguez (11-0-1, 8 KOs) won a unanimous decision against Sanny Duversonne (12-7-2, 9 KOs). Scores (controversially) were 60-54 and 59-55 (x2).

Emiliano Vargas (9-0, 7 KOs) won a unanimous decision against Nelson Hampton (10-9, 6 KOs). Scores for the six-round lightweight contest were 60-54 across the board.

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Alan Garcia (12-0, 10 KOs) got a second-round stoppage against Gonzalo Fuenzalida (12-4, 3 KOs). Fuenzalida got up after going to the canvas from a barrage of punches. However, he told referee Chris Flores that he did not wish to continue and the bout was stopped. The time of stoppage for this eight-round lightweight fight was 1:58.

Art Barrera Jr. (4-0, 4 KOs) also got a second-round stoppage over Keven Soto (5-2, 3 KOs). The moment Soto got hit with a left hook and fell to the canvas, referee Caiz Jr. stopped the bout. The time of stoppage for this four-round super lightweight clash was 2:17.

Ricardo Ruvalcaba (12-0-1, 10 KOs) won via fifth-round TKO against Avner Molina (4-4, 0 KOs) to kick things off. Molina was hit on the leg and turned away from Ruvalcaba, causing referee Flores to end the fight. The time of stoppage for this six-round super lightweight bout was 1:44.

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Currently writing out of Toronto, Canada, Saadeq first became a boxing fan while living in Doha, Qatar. Looking to become more involved in the sport, he began writing about boxing and has had work published in outlets such as Seconds Out and Boxing Social. He looks forward to continue covering boxing on Big Fight Weekend.

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