Yokasta Valle Reigns Supreme in Title Defense Amidst Golden Boy Fight Night Fireworks
In the boxing theater, amidst the roars of over five thousand spectators, Yokasta “Yoka” Valle (30-2, 9 KOs) stood tall, her IBF and WBO Minimumweight World Titles glinting just as brightly as her performance. Against the seasoned grit of Mexico City’s own Anabel “Avispa” Ortiz (33-6, 4 KOs), Valle conducted a masterclass over ten rounds, with the judges nodding in unison to the tune of 100-90, 99-92 and 99-91. Marking her ninth title defense and third as the unified champion, Valle turned the Polideportivo de Cartago into her own fortress of fisticuffs, her arms raised in victory under Costa Rica’s spotlight on DAZN.
Valle, never one to mince words, labeled the bout as rugged, calling out Ortiz’s tactics as less than clean. However, the champ used the din of her homeland crowd as fuel, overcoming head-clashes and clinching with decisive flair. Her eyes are now set on a loftier prize: Seniesa Estrada and her belts, as Valle craves the sweet, undisputed taste of championship glory. She capped her victory speech with a nod to her roots: “Pura Vida!”
In the night’s secondary spectacle, Santiago “Somer” Dominguez (26-0, 19 KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, preserved his untouched record, making short work of Kelvinyer Salazar (19-3-1, 12 KOs) from Caracas, Venezuela. An eight-round welterweight display was cut short, as Dominguez delivered a concussive uppercut at 0:44 in the second round, solidifying his rising stock in the division.
Adding to the undercard’s excitement, Jose Alvarado (11-1, 6 KOs), sharing a training room with Valle, decisively halted Moises Garcia (11-11-1, 5 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua. The stoppage came via a sharp left uppercut at the 1:22 mark of the third, Alvarado making his statement in the same emphatic manner as his gym compatriot.
And setting the stage for the evening, Julio Miranda (10-0, 9 KOs) tasted the full course of professional rounds for the first time against Dennis Espinoza (9-7, 5 KOs) of San Ignacio, Costa Rica. Miranda walked away with his perfect record intact, the judges unanimously seeing him as the clear victor, all tallying 78-74.