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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 28: Leonela Yudica (L) and Seniesa Estrada (R) exchange punches during their WBA and WBC minimumweight championship fight at Palms Casino Resort on July 28, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)


Super Bad: Estrada topples Yudica for sweet revenge

Pound-for-pound queen, Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (25-0, 9 KOs) defended her WBC/WBA minimumweight world titles via unanimous decision against Argentinian former world champion, Leonela Yudica(19-2-3, 1 KO) Friday night at Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The 31-year-old pride of East Los Angeles, California, now sets her sights on becoming undisputed champion.

Estrada switched back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances, landing quick combos on Yudica. Her offence, however, left her open to counters as she tried to cut the distance.

Yudica, who possessed a slight reach advantage, began to counter Estrada with left hooks and straight hands as the rounds progressed. Estrada, sensing the fight slipping away, intensified her attack in the later rounds and began landing more punches despite receiving several in return of an increasingly tit-for-tat affair.

Estrada retained her unified crown with three scores of 97-93.

Estrada said, “I knew coming into this fight that she was a boxer who would move away from me and not come forward much. I knew I had to show something different. In my last fight, I fought a good champion who came forward and was aggressive, and I easily outboxed her. In this fight, she’s a boxer and a mover, and I showed that I can fight any type of style because my style is very versatile.

“I definitely had to use my footwork. I had to use my feints and movements to make sure I was close enough to land punches and not get countered. I did get countered, of course. It’s a fight, so that’s going to happen. But I just continue to prove that I’m the best in the division.

“I want Yokasta Valle. I’m the best in this division. I want to prove it by beating her. She can just hand me those belts right now because when we fight it’s going to be bad for her.”

Yudica said, “I do not agree at all with the scorecards. I am convinced that nobody has hit her like I have hit her. If not, she can take off her hat and show how her face has been left.

I did a very good job. As I’ve said, nobody has hit her like I have hit her. I came here to fight a world champion. I knew who I was facing. I trained thoroughly. I planted my feet when I needed to. I exchanged when I needed to. It was a good fight, and I didn’t deserve this result.”

Credit: Top Rank 

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