Yokasta Valle Eager for Undisputed Title Challenge

Yokasta Valle Eager to Fight Seniesa Estrada and More News


(Photo by Al Applerose)

By David A. Avila

Whether running up the volcanic mountains of Costa Rica or scaling the Hollywood Hills, three-division world champion Yokasta Valle wants to conquer.

It’s what she does.

And now that Yokasta’s sister Naomy Valle has become a professional boxer too, you always see both toiling away at a dizzying pace wherever they are. For the past year they have made the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood their base of operations.

On this particular day everyone at the famous gym is celebrating Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. It’s his birthday and a special guest is Mexico’s great Jackie Nava who retired recently. Roach receives his gifts from the fighters and then it’s back to work.

In a few weeks Valle (30-2, 9 Kos) meets Seniesa Estrada (25-0, 9 Kos) on Friday March 29, at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. ESPN will show the fight. The winner walks away with the IBF, WBO, WBA, WBC world titles and rightful claim as undisputed minimumweight world champion.

“I want to be undisputed like Amanda Serrano,” said Valle.

It’s never been accomplished before in the minimumweight division of 105 pounds.

Yokasta Valle also wants to be the next sisters to win world titles like Amanda and Cindy Serrano and Mariana and Lourdes Juarez.

“Yoka is very competitive,” says Mario Vega her manager from Costa Rica.

Need an example?

Within three years after her debut as a pro Valle eagerly challenged Japan’s greatest female fighter Naoko Fujioka a five-division world champion. She traveled to Tokyo and scrapped and fought as hard as possible against the Japanese champion. Though she lost, it gave her a reference point.

“She learned a lot from that fight,” said Vega. “She’s not afraid to fight anywhere.”

Six months later, Valle traveled to Germany to face WBC Tina Rupprecht for an interim version title. Again, she lost but many felt the judges badly tilted the scores for the hometown fighter. She hasn’t lost again.

Valle was kept busy fighting almost every other month. She also did not care if offers were overseas.

When an offer to fight Seniesa Estrada in the U.S. arrived in May 2019, Valle eagerly accepted the challenge. The fight was scheduled to take place at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood on June 13. Almost everything was set except that Valle’s trainer at the time was unable to obtain a visa. Valle refused to fight without her trainer. The fight was scrapped within a week of the fight.

Instead of fighting Estrada, a few months later the Costa Rican speedster Valle ended up traveling to Spain where she challenged IBF minimumweight world titlist Joana Pastrana and won a heated battle by decision. She dropped to her knees in tears after winning.

It was the first goal.

Now with a world title, Valle had leverage to entice the best fighters in the division. She wasted no time in defending the title against Venezuela’s Yenifer Leon and Philippine’s Carleans Rivas all within six months of winning the title.

But when the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020, everything came to a stop.

When the pandemic finally slowed and boxing made revisions to circumvent the spread of the coronavirus, slowly pugilistic events returned and Valle saw that Seniesa Estrada captured two world titles in two divisions in 2021. The Costa Rican fighter now viewed Estrada as the real challenge.

At a boxing event in the Los Angeles area in September 2021, Valle traveled and made an open challenge to Estrada to face her. At this event Maricela Cornejo fought Miranda Barber and Adelaida Ruiz battled Nancy Franco. In attendance was Claressa Shields and of course Yokasta Valle.

From this point on Valle would openly challenge Estrada who would savagely knock out Maria Santizo in December. Later, Valle would also fight Santizo and beat her handily in Los Angeles by decision.

When Valle signed a contract with Golden Boy Promotions in 2022, she figured that would automatically lead to a match with Estrada who was also promoted by the Los Angeles-based organization. But what she didn’t know was that Estrada was looking to gain a release from her contract and would leave in July 2022.

But the age of undisputed had arrived when Claressa Shields and Katie Taylor accomplished the feat and then others followed. It was a sure way to gain recognition in the boxing world that has too many world titles.

If you gather all the titles, there is no confusion. Only one true champion.

Now working with American trainer Gloria Alvarado, the Costa Rican speedster has honed down most of her running and clinching tendencies and refined her offensive and defensive skills. Valle has always had stamina, speed and a willingness to tangle against anyone in the world.

“We work on her accuracy,” said trainer Alvarado whose family roots include Benny “the Jet” Urquidez and Lilly Rodriguez both legends in combat sports. “She already throws more punches than anyone in boxing.”

Perhaps Valle’s biggest moment took place when Argentina’s undefeated Evelin Bermudez ventured to Los Angeles. The slightly taller fighter from South America was known for her powerful right cross.

“We took the right hand away from her,” said Alvarado trainer of Valle.

Valle said it was a pivotal moment that established her as a three-division champion. It also showed that her nonstop style could defeat an opponent with stopping power.

The Costa Rican fighter trains furiously along with her sister Naomy Valle at the Wild Card Gym. Though the teen-aged Valle has a slightly different style, both are tireless and focused.

“Though I could have fought Seniesa Estrada five years ago it means so much more today,” said Yokasta Valle. “I respect Seniesa and I know fans are going to see a great fight.”

Arizona watch out.


Other News

Terry Harper vs Sandy Ryan

Battle of champions takes place as Terri Harper (14-1-2, 6 Kos) drops down to welterweight to challenge Sandy Ryan (6-1-1 2 Kos) for the WBO welterweight title on Saturday March 23, in Sheffield, England.

Both Ryan and Harper engaged in fights against others that resulted in a draw. Ryan drew with Jessica McCaskill and Harper drew with Cecilia Braekhus. In this match the winner will take home the WBO welterweight title.

DAZN will stream the event that also features Dalton Smith versus Jose Zepeda.


Fight Announced McCaskill

Multi-welterweight world titlist Jessica McCaskill will defend against Welsh fighter Lauren Price on May 11, in Cardiff, Wales it was announced this week by BOXXER.

Chicago-based McCaskill last fought Sandy Ryan to a draw and was supposed to face Ivana Habazin on April 20, in Zagreb, Croatia.


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Costa Rica

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