Oscar Valdez vs Liam Wilson & Seniesa Estrada vs Yokasta Valle Preview Date & Undercard

Desert Diamond Arena
Glendale, AZ
Friday March 29th
TopRank on ESPN/ESPN+

Oscar Valdez vs Liam Wilson

The pride of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, Oscar Valdez(31-2, 23KOs) has been a fan favorite for years now. His “never say die ” attitude and grit endeared him to boxing fans at least since he went to war with an above weight Scott Quigg to defend his WBO world featherweight title in 2018. Valdez came out on top of a unanimous decision, but what was truly impressive was the fact that he did it having broken his jaw in the first half of the fight. Since then he has shown time and time again just how tough and dangerous he is. He won the WBC title at super-featherwieght in 2021 when he emphatically knocked out Miguel Berchelt, a match in which Valdez was the underdog. Shortly thereafter he took his first defeat at the hands of Shakur Stevenson by unanimous decision but made a comeback beating Adam “Bluenose” Lopez in a rematch. Most recently Valdez took his second loss against Emmanual Navarrete, though his effort was nothing less than valiant. Looking to work his way back to the win column and show super-featherweight that he still belongs at the top, Valdez will now take on Australia’s Liam WIlson.

Queensland, Australia’s Liam Wilson(13-2, 7KOs)  is a relative newcomer to the world stage. His first high profile bout was in February of last year against none other than, Emmanual Navarrete. In the fourth round of that fight, Wilson was able to drop “Vaquero”, though ultimately succumbed to the pressure and power of the unorthodox champion, much like Valdez himself, but unlike Valdez was TKO’d in the 9th. There’s no shame in losing to someone of Navarrete’s caliber and the heart he showed was impressive in and of itself. Since then Wilson has fought twice in his home country and won them both. This will be Liam Wilson’s second time fighting out of Australia and oddly, his second time in the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale. He’s hoping that this time he will come out on top and show that he belongs in the title conversation. 

Having both taken their most recent losses to the same man, and that man planning on moving up in weight soon, these 2 warriors are now using each other as a sort of measuring stick to see where they belong in the new super-featherweight division. 

Seniesa Estrada vs Yokasta Valle

Los Angeles native, Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada(25-0, 9KOs), is a sight to behold in the ring. Her quickness and skill are almost as endearing as her personality. Though a known entity beforehand, she jumped into the general public’s view when she broke the record for fastest knockout in women’s boxing history (7 seconds into the first round) in July of 2020. Soon after she picked up 2 titles, the WBA and WBC, at strawweight, and just for fun, a WBO belt at light-flyweight, and a WBA interim belt at flyweight, defeating such great women boxers as Tenkai Tsunami,Tina Rupprecht, Marlen Esparza and Anabel Ortiz along the way. With her WBA, WBC, and Ring magazine titles in hand, her sights are set on making history once more by becoming the first fully undisputed champion at strawweight. The only thing standing in her way is unified champion “Yoka” Valle.

Nicaragua born Costa Rican, Yokasta “Yoka” Valle(30-2, 9KOs) is a veteran at this point with enough speed, power, and know-how to make it a tough night for anyone brave enough to enter the ring with her. She first became a world champion at atomweight in December of 2016. After a few years and a couple attempts at titles in various weight classes she became IBF world champion at strawweight In 2019, and has been a champion there ever since. 7 fights later she was able to pick up the WBO against Thi Thu Ni Nguyen, and has held those titles since September of 2022. Her most recent bout was against the highly respected, Anabel Ortiz, where Valle won by unanimous decision. Now the time has come for her to finish off her collection against the boxer considered the best at her weight class, Seniesa Estrada, and become undisputed in an historical match-up.

The two title-holders have been circling one another for a few years at this point. The match was an apparent inevitability when both were being promoted by GoldenBoy, but somehow, it never materialized. Once “Super Bad” Estrada moved to Toprank the likelihood of her and Valle meeting in the ring was no longer inevitable, and as a matter of perception, it fell precipitously to the “unlikely” category. However, in defiance of odds, and in a team-up of promotional entities that should be celebrated, TopRank and Goldenboy have come to an agreement to see who is the rightful ruler of the strawweight division.

OSCAR VALDEZ VS LIAM WILSON undercard

Richard Torrez jr.(8-0, 8KOs) vs Donald Haynesworth(18-8-1, 16KOs)

Raymond “Danger” Muratalla(19-0, 16KOs) vs Xolisani “Nomeva the Wasp” Ndongeni(31-4, 18KOs)

Emiliano “the General” Vargas(8-0, 7KOs) vs Nelson “Hot Hands” Hampton(10-8, 6KOs)

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Dallas Owens

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