Top Rank confirmed that Seniesa Estrada would defend her unified minimumweight belts against Leonela Yudica on Friday, July 28th on ESPN+, wisely avoiding Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford the following day.
Estrada (24-0, 9 KO) has long been regarded as one of the best female fighters in the sport on a per-pound basis, and in March, she added “unified champion” to her list of accomplishments by defeating a fiercely competitive Tina Rupprecht to win the WBC minimumweight title.
Although supporters had hoped for a direct fight with Yokasta Valle, she still stands to face a tough opponent in Argentina’s Yudica (19-1-3, 1 KO). Before losing the IBF flyweight title to Arely Mucino by split decision last year, the 34-year-old Argentine held it for nearly eight years.
“I’m taking this fantastic opportunity to show the world what Argentine fighters are made of,” Yudica declared. The belts will travel with me to San Juan, my home.
Super featherweight prospect Andres Cortes (19-0, 10 KOs) takes on Xavier Martinez (18-1, 12 KOs) in the co-feature. Cortes overcame a cut to defeat Luis Melendez by wide decision earlier this year. Martinez, on the other hand, is looking to rebound after a crushing defeat at the hands of Robson Conceicao in 2022. decent scrap.
Against Jonathan Romero (35-1, 19 KO), a 36-year-old Colombian who won the super bantamweight title in 2013 but promptly lost it to Kiko Martinez and has since been bottom-feeding, is Abraham Nova (22-1, 15 KO). Polanco, Roman
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