Seniesa Estrada defends her Ring strawweight belt in opposition to Argentina’s Leonela Yudica on July 28


Ring strawweight champion Seniesa Estrada will defend her belt and her WBA/WBC trinkets in opposition to Argentina’s former world champion Leonela Yudica on Friday, July 28 at Pearl Live performance Theater at Palms On line casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Within the 10-round junior light-weight co-feature, unbeaten Las Vegas native Andres “Savage” Cortes will tackle Sacramento-born contender Xavier Martinez.

Your entire Estrada-Yudica card will stream stay and solely within the U.S. on ESPN+.

At present rated at No. 5 at pound-for-pound, Estrada (24-0, 9 KOs) is a 12-year professional who has competed on the world class stage in three weight courses. In 2019, she beat U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza to seize the WBA interim flyweight world title. Two years later, she captured the WBA strawweight and WBO gentle flyweight titles in fights in opposition to Anabel Ortiz and Tenkai Tsunami. Estrada then vacated these belts to pursue undisputed glory at strawweight. She signed with Prime Rank in 2022 and returned from a virtually 11-month layoff in November of that yr to close out Jazmin Gala Villarino. In March, she added the WBC belt to her assortment with a shutout win over the beforehand unbeaten Tina Rupprecht.

“I’m keen to struggle any girl in or round my weight class, and I respect Yudica for accepting the problem,” Estrada stated. “My objective is to change into the undisputed champion at (strawweight), however I can’t obtain that objective with out defeating Yudica first. She is standing in my manner, and I’m coming to Las Vegas to make an emphatic assertion.”

Tina Rupprecht (L) and Seniesa Estrada (R) change punches throughout their WBA & WBC minimumweight unification championship struggle at Save Mart Heart on March 25, 2023 in Fresno, California. (Picture by Mikey Williams/Prime Rank Inc through Getty Photographs)

Yudica (19-1-3, 1 KO), at the moment rated No. 5 by The Ring at junior flyweight, debuted as a professional in April 2012 and captured the IBF flyweight world title with a break up determination win in opposition to Gabriela Bouvier in December 2014. She held the title for almost eight years, combating to a attract her first protection in opposition to Vanesa Lorena Taborda in 2015 earlier than defending it seven occasions. The native of San Juan, Argentina, misplaced the belt in a tightly contested break up determination loss to Arely Muciño in October 2022 and is coming off a 10-round determination victory over Tamara Elisabet Demarco in April.

Yudica stated, “I’m taking this superb alternative to indicate the world what Argentinian fighters are manufactured from. I’m bringing the belts again dwelling to San Juan with me.”

Cortes (19-0, 10 KOs) was a standout novice, defeating Teofimo Lopez twice within the unpaid ranks. A seven-year professional, Cortes made his Prime Rank debut in 2020 and has constructed a fame for participating in action-packed affairs. He shined on the Emanuel Navarrete-Liam Wilson undercard in February, shutting out Puerto Rican upstart Luis Melendez in his first scheduled 10-rounder. Martinez (18-1, 12 KOs) returns to motion following an 11-month layoff, intent on proving he belongs within the junior light-weight title dialog. He rebounded from a one-sided loss to Robson Conceição with a stoppage win over Alejandro Guerrero final August.

Undercard motion contains two aggressive matchups that includes skills from 4 completely different Latin American international locations.

Puerto Rican-born junior light-weight contender Abraham “El Tremendous” Nova (22-1, 15 KOs) will face Colombian former world champion Jonathan Romero (35-1, 19 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Nova, who fights out Albany, New York, holds wins over Avery Sparrow and William Encarnacion. In June 2022, he suffered his first defeat through fifth-round knockout in opposition to two-time Olympic gold medalist and present world champion Robeisy Ramirez. He bounced again in January with a 10-round determination win over Adam Lopez. Romero edged Alejandro Lopez by break up determination in 2013 to seize the IBF junior featherweight world title. He’s 12-0 since shedding the title in his first protection to Kiko Martinez.

Dominican Olympian Rohan “El Rayo” Polanco (9-0, 5 KOs) steps up in opposition to Panamanian-born contender Cesar “Rainman” Francis (12-1, 7 KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight struggle. Polanco went 4-0 as a professional earlier than shedding in his opening Olympic bout in Tokyo in 2021. Polanco returned to the paid ranks in November 2021 and is coming off a six-round determination win in opposition to Ricardo Quiroz in April. Francis seeks to regain his momentum following a 10-round determination loss to Jesus Saracho in January.

The ESPN+-streamed undercard additionally options an eight-round light-weight struggle between 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas (14-1, 12 KOs) and Philadelphia standout Nahir Albright (15-2, 7 KOs).

Former Group USA novice standout Charlie Sheehy (6-0, 4 KOs) will see motion in a six-round light-weight tilt, whereas hard-hitting Japanese southpaw Subaru Murata (4-0, 4 KOs) returns in a six-round junior featherweight battle.

“Seniesa Estrada is among the best fighters on the planet and is just getting higher with each struggle,” stated Prime Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Yudica is an skilled championship-level fighter who will likely be undeterred combating on the massive stage. I count on a sensational struggle on July 28, together with a co-feature between Cortes and Martinez that guarantees fireworks.”

A press launch by Prime Rank was used on this article.


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