Yokasta Valle and Santiago Dominguez Chalks Up Decisive Victories
In what was a rough and tumble affair at the Polideportivo de Cartago in Cartago, Costa Rica unified minimumweight champion Yokasta Valle (30-2, 9 KOs) retained the titles by a unanimous decision (100-90, 99-92, 99-91) over Anabel Ortiz (33-6, 4 KOs).
The champion used her outstanding jab and superior hand speed to pile up the points in the early rounds. Understanding that she could not win a pure boxing contest, Ortiz made things physical. A two-time world champion at 105, the challenger began to bore in and made things ugly.
Valle seized control in the middle rounds as she began to create more space to land combinations to the head and body. Ortiz was full of determination. Fighting with a bloody nose, she kept battling to the final bell.
In the end, Valle was the far superior fighter, to the delight of her adoring fans. Afterward, the unified champion reasserted her desire to fight the other unified champion at 105, Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada, in 2024.
SANTIAGO DOMINGUEZ MAKES EASY WORK OF NOLBERTO CASCO
It was a quick night for welterweight Santiago Dominguez (26-0, 20 KOs), by scoring an impressive second-round stoppage over Nolberto Casco (7-2-1, 5 KOs) at the Polideportivo de Cartago in Cartago, Costa Rica.
Dominguez got to work early and was boss from the opening bell. With a minute left in the first round, he put Casco on the seat of his pants with a right uppercut on the button. That punch was a clear sign of things to come. Thirty seconds into round two, that same uppercut from Dominguez put his opponent down and out.
Fighting for the first time in over two years, the Dominguez was sharp and showed no ring rust. With such an impressive win, he hopes it’s a springboard to a more active and productive 2024.
Tags: Yokasta Valle, Anabel Ortiz, IBF, WBO, Minimumweight, Santiago Dominguz, Nolberto Casco, Welterweight, Golden Boy,