Yokasta Valle Hopes to Become Two-division Champ Against Evelin Bermudez!
Two of the best women’s fighters in boxing’s lower-weight divisions are IBF/WBO junior flyweight champ Evelin Bermudez (17-0-1, 6 KOs) and IBF/WBO minimumweight champion Yokasta Valle (26-0, 9 KOs). As it turns out, they will be fighting one another on Novembe 26.
The WBO has approved a showdown between the two world champions. They will collide on November 26 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, with Valle moving up in weight to challenge for Bermudez’s belts. The fight will be on the undercard of the vacant WBC junior welterweight title fight between Regis Prograis and Jose Zepeda.
Bermudez won the IBF 108-pound strap with a split-decision win over Maria Bautista in December 2018. She has defended that title six times. In March 2022, the 26-year-old from Santa Fe, Argentina scored a unanimous decision win over multiple-time world title challenger Debora Rengifo to become a unified champ, successfully defending those belts three times.
She’s facing a Valle who is just as accomplished when it comes to her resume. Originally from Matagalpa, Nicaragua but now residing in San Jose, Costa Rica, she captured the IBF minimumweight belt with a split-decision victory over Joana Pastrana in August 2019. After defending that title five times, *she scored an impressive win over then-WBO champ Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen to become the unified champ in September 2022.
Both Bermudez and Valle are terrific boxers. They know how to use the ring and create angles to land their shots. But they are not afraid to stand and fight if they have to. At 5’5″, Bermudez is an inch taller with a slightly longer reach. Valle has a higher punch-rate and is the better inside fighter.
WHO COULD BE NEXT IN LINE?
The winner could be in line for a future showdown down the road against reigning WBA minimumweight Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada. Returning to the ring following an eleven-month layoff, Estrada retained her title with an easy win over Jazmin Villarino on November 12. Super Bad repeatedly said she wants to become an undisputed champion in multiple weight classes.
This fight continues a trend of elite female fighters willing to face the best in and around their division. It’s a fantastic matchup of equally skilled and accomplished warriors. On paper, it’s as close to a 50/50 matchup as you will see in the sport.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.