Yokasta Valle Keeping Active as Champion While Eyeing Estrada
It’s always good when a fighter can stay as active as possible. That’s the current case for reigning unified women’s minimumweight champion Yokasta “Yoka” Valle (29-2, 9 KOs) who is planning to return to the ring in early November.
Valle is coming off a comfortable unanimous decision victory over Maria Santizo on September 17 at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California. After her win, the champion made the following announcement:
“I’m going to fight November 4 in Costa Rica . . . Give me a week to rest, and then we’ll get back at it. November 4, on DAZN.”
KEEP PLUGGING AWAY
Many fight fans would love to see a match between Valle and the other unified champion at 105 pounds, Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (25-0, 9 KOs). But on September 12, Estrada underwent a successful surgery to repair damage to her right hand. When asked about a possible fight with Super Bad, Yoka said that once Estrada heals up, she and her team will go forth and try to pursue that fight.
Valle versus Estrada is one of the best matchups in the sport. Both ladies want the fight to happen, as evidenced by their back-and-forth trash talk following Estrada’s most recent victory over Leonela Yudica on July 29.
With a potential fight with Estrada being targeted for some time in 2024, one would think that Valle’s upcoming contest in November will be against an opponent who will not cause her too much trouble.
In a time when most fighters prefer to sit on their behinds when a potential big fight is in sight, Valle has decided to go another route. It’s a very old-school approach that is refreshing to witness.