Yokasta Valle and Deborah Rengifo Battle in Three-Minute Round Fight
By David A. Avila
Yokasta Valle stands eager to stay sharp and prove that 3-minute rounds are the future of all female world title fights when she meets Venezuela’s Deborah Rengifo in a nontitle fight set at 3-minute rounds on Saturday.
IBF minimumweight titlist Valle (21-2) has been one of the few world champions willing to globe-trot to any country. This time she stays home and faces Rengifo (14-7-1) in 10 three-minute rounds on Saturday August 7, at Oxigeno Human Playground in Heredia, Costa Rica. It will be streamed by TDMas.com.
The last time Valle fought she defended the title against Japan’s Sana Hazuki at the same venue and won by unanimous decision. But that fight was held in two-minute round stanzas.
Valle seeks to unify the minimumweight world titles and her team thought they had a deal set with WBC titlist Tina Rupprecht of Germany. But that fight was unable to take place in Costa Rica and Hazuki stepped in.
Now the Costa Rican world champion is eager to prove that women should fight three-minute rounds. This fight against Venezuela’s Rengifo is a start.
“Yokasta’s condition is something else,” said manager Mario Vega. “She’s a super athlete.”
Valle, 28, is eager to challenge America’s Seniesa Estrada, Germany’s Rupprecht or Japan’s Etsuko Tada.
Vega believes if Valle fights three-minute rounds she is near unbeatable.
“Her numbers are off the chart,” Vega says.
Christina Cruz pro debut
Longtime amateur standout Christina Cruz will be making her pro debut on Tuesday August 3, against Indeya Smith (1-2-1) at Madison Square Garden in New York City. FITE.tv will show the Triller Fight Club card live.
Cruz, a flyweight, had more than 120 amateur fights and hoped to make the US Olympic team and the Puerto Rican Olympic team but things did not pan out. Now 38, Cruz will try her skills against Smith a solid fighter from the Dallas area.
International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame
Las Vegas will be the site for this year’s induction ceremony for the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame that takes place Saturday August 14, at the Orleans Casino and Hotel.
Because of the pandemic the hall of fame ceremony did not take place last year. This year will include new inductees from 2020 and 2021.
For tickets and more information go to this link: http://www.iwbhf.com/tickets.htm#.YQiZZI5KjIU
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