Yokasta Valle Pursuing Undisputed; Clashes with Estrada and Rupprecht Next?
Unified minimumweight champion Yokasta Valle (26-2, 9KO) has only just after taken the WBO title away from Thi Thu Thi Nguyen in dominating fashion. Now she has her sights set on undisputed against the two remaining champions.
On September 8, Valle put on the performance of a lifetime in front of the home crowd in Costa Rica. She was on her A-game and never took her foot off the gas pedal the entire fight. The unified champion peppered Nguyen with the jab all night, followed by quick combinations. She won to the tune of 100-90 by all three judges.
CALLING OUT THE CHAMPIONS
Valle has been calling for unification in pursuit of undisputed since June, which is the reason the Nguyen bout was made. So it should come as no surprise that she doubled down again during the post-fight interview.
“(translated from Spanish) I want the belts, I have been saying it from the beginning. I want the WBC, I want the WBA next, whoever has them.”
THE PATH TO UNDISPUTED HAS A FEW HICCUPS TO OVERCOME
Fans want to see Valle step into the ring with two-divisional champion Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (22-0, 9KO), who holds the WBA title and is considered the best fighter in the division. Oddly enough, Oscar De La Hoya CEO of Golden Boy Promotions was on track to make unification between the two champions.
Estrada has since departed from Golden Boy in favor of Top Rank. Although both promotional companies have a friendly working relationship, the wound is probably still too fresh for De La Hoya to make the fight.
A rematch with WBC champion Tina Rupprecht (11-0-1, 3KO) is not a sure bet either. The WBC champion holds a victory over the unified champion from 2018, and Valle would like to erase that red off her ledger. Rupprecht has never fought in the United States, which could make things a little difficult. The champion has only fought once outside of her country of Germany. Golden Boy will have to provide a worthy offer for her to be willing to travel abroad.
This division is gearing up for an undisputed showdown, and Valle seems ready to spearhead the effort.
By: Garrisson Bland