Yokasta Valle ended final yr as a two-division unified titlist and three-division title claimant.
The streaking WBO/IBF strawweight queen has come to grips with the truth that her 2023 marketing campaign won’t embrace the aim of changing into undisputed champion.
No matter likelihood there was of a showdown versus longtime divisional rival Seniesa Estrada got here to a screeching halt as soon as the unbeaten WBC/WBA champ underwent surgical procedure for her injured proper hand earlier this month. Estrada suffered an aggravated ligament in her proper index finger of her July 28 factors win over Leonela Yudica in Las Vegas.
The post-fight interview included a visitor look by Costa Rica’s Valle (28-2, 9KOs), who entered the ring to brazenly problem Estrada. These plans are clearly parked for the second.
“I want Seniesa Estrada a full restoration and that she comes again at full power,” Valle advised BoxingScene.com. “I don’t want damage or ache to any fighter so I hope she will be able to come again sturdy and defend her titles.
“That mentioned, her standing doesn’t have an effect on my present plans. In fact, I’d like to be undisputed champion however my aim proper now could be to maneuver ahead with my profession.”
Valle will just do that together with her placement on this weekend’s DAZN present from Commerce On line casino in Commerce, California. The red-hot, unified titlist will try her eighth general IBF strawweight title protection and second with the WBA belt on the road as she faces former title challenger Maria Santizo (11-3, 6KOs). The bout serves in supporting capability to the William Zepeda-Mercito Gesta light-weight bout atop a five-fight telecast.
It can mark the fourth battle in a 53-week span for the 31-year-old Valle. That lively stretch included her unification win over then-unbeaten WBO strawweight titlist Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen final September in her San Jose, Costa Rica hometown and a ten-round resolution over Evelin Bermudez to finish the unbeaten WBO/IBF junior flyweight’s title reign and win no less than one title in a 3rd weight division.
Valle vacated the 108-pound belts nearly instantly thereafter to give attention to her unified strawweight title reign. She confronted her third consecutive unbeaten opponent in a March 25 victory over Jessica Basulto Salazar on a BLK Prime present held at a seashore resort in Guanacaste. The win was her fifteenth straight, together with her present focus now on making it candy sixteen after which shifting on to the subsequent task as quickly because the boxing schedule will permit.
“No matter Golden Boy has deliberate, we will probably be prepared,” vowed Valle. “That’s all that I can assure, that I will probably be prepared for any problem.”
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox