Oddsmakers Heavily Favor Estrada to Defend Titles
Is this the last stop for Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada on her way to a unification bout? She is significantly favored to beat former flyweight champion Leonela Paola Yudica as she puts her WBC and WBA minimumweight belts on the line. The Estrada vs Yudica preview sees little chance for the challenger. Estrada should light up Yudica in what should be an entertaining albeit one-sided brawl.
Seniesa Estrada vs Leonela Yudica
(C) (24-0-0, 9 KOs) vs (C) (19-1-3, 1 KOs)
Location:The Palms, Las Vegas, NV
Estrada’s Long and Winding Path to ‘Undisputed’ Status
Two belts down. Two more belts to go. Estrada is knocking at the door of a “superfight” against the WBO and IBF champion, Yokasta Valle to determine the division’s one champion. While Valle is likely going to fight Sarah Bormann to unify her belts, Estrada must thread water and destroy every challenger set her way.
“I want the undisputed championship fight at 105 pounds versus Yokasta Valle. We’re working on it. We made an offer and we’re waiting for it. I don’t know if they want to do it but that’s a fight that I’ve been wanting,” Estrada told BoxingScene.com back in April. “She’s been calling me out saying that I was afraid. All we hear is excuses on why the fight can’t happen. If I can’t get that, I’m not going to wait around.”
Estrada also mentioned unified light flyweight champion Yesica Nery Plata. Either of these would have been intriguing upcoming boxing matches. Instead, Estrada is settling with defending her belts against the former IBF champion.
Now, this Estrada vs Yudica preview outlines another lopsided boxing match in favor of Estrada at -2500. The comeback on Yudica is at 10-1, which is a tad disrespectful as the 34-year-old once held a title for over eight years. She defended her belt nine times before dropping it in a close fight to Arely Mucino.
Following that bout, she won her next bout at light flyweight then accepted this title shot at minimumweight.
“I’m taking this amazing opportunity to show the world what Argentinian fighters are made of,” Yudica said. I’m bringing the belts back home to San Juan with me.”
Indeed, the odds may not be in Yudica’s favor. But she is heavily experienced in championship bouts and at two divisions above. While she has no knockout wins (her only TKO is via an injury), she will not wilt to Estrada’s pressure and push the unified champion.
The Biggest Minimumweight Bout Awaits the Winner
This Estrada vs Yudica preview could also be seen as a prelude to an undisputed title fight late this year or early in 2024. If the bookmakers are right, Estrada beats Yudica in a decisive manner than books the unification bout with the winner of Valle and Bormann (still to be made).
But if Yudica shocks the world, she herself may go on to fight either Valle or Bormann. If not, it would be a hotly anticipated rematch with Estrada. Either way, both would make for some of the best boxing events any promoter could make.
“Seniesa Estrada is one of the very best fighters on the planet and is only getting better with every fight,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Yudica is an experienced championship-level fighter who will be undeterred fighting on the big stage.”