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Seniesa Estrada Claims Unanimous Decision Over Leonela Yudica

Seniesa Estrada and Leonela Yudica in action

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Seniesa Estrada Claims Unanimous Decision Over Leonela Yudica

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Seniesa Estrada Claims Unanimous Decision Over Leonela Yudica

Seniesa Estrada (25-0, 9 KOs) successfully retained her WBA and WBC minimumweight titles with a unanimous decision win over former flyweight champion Leonela Yudica (19-2-3, 1 KO, 1 NC). The bout headlined a card at the Palms Casino Resort’s Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Estrada won the fan-friendly scrap with scores of 97-93 (x3).

Throughout the bout, Estrada switched between the orthodox and southpaw stances. Despite the unanimous decision loss, Yudica had the most success out of any of Estrada’s previous opponents. Estrada was tagged multiple times over the ten rounds, but it did not impact her fight plan. In the end, the judges saw Estrada doing the better work and awarded her the win.

IBF and WBO minimumweight champion Yokasta Valle (28-2, 9 KOs) was ringside for the fight and stepped into the ring following the bout. Estrada and Valle both teased a potential undisputed fight later this year between the two of them.

Estrada-Yudica quotes

“I knew coming into this fight that she was a boxer who would move away from me and not come forward much,” said Estrada after the fight. “I knew I had to show something different. In my last fight, I fought a good champion who came forward and was aggressive, and I easily outboxed her. In this fight, she’s a boxer and a mover, and I showed that I can fight any type of style because my style is very versatile.”

“I definitely had to use my footwork, I had to use my feints and movements to make sure I was close enough to land punches and not get countered,” she continued. “I did get countered, of course. It’s a fight, so that’s going to happen. But I just continue to prove that I’m the best in the division.”

“I want Yokasta Valle. I’m the best in this division. I want to prove it by beating her. She can just hand me those belts right now because when we fight it’s going to be bad for her.”

“I do not agree at all with the scorecards,” said Yudica. “I am convinced that nobody has hit her like I have hit her. If not, she can take off her hat and show how her face has been left.

I did a very good job. As I’ve said, nobody has hit her like I have hit her. I came here to fight a world champion, I knew who I was facing. I trained thoroughly, I planted my feet when I needed to, I exchanged when I needed to. It was a good fight, and I didn’t deserve this result.”

Undercard results

Andres Cortes RTD-7 Xavier Martinez (3:00)

Nahir Albright MD-8 Karlos Balderas (76-76, 77-75, 77-75)

Rohan Polanco TKO-5 Cesar Francis (1:05)

Abraham Nova KO-3 Jonathan Romero (2:47)

Subaru Murata RTD-3 Juan Centeno (3:00)

Dante Benjamin Jr D-6 William Langston (56-58, 57-57, 57-57)

Charlie Sheehy TKO-3 Kaylyn Alfred (0:31)

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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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