Yokasta Valle meets Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen in a minimal weight unification on Thursday.

Yokasta Valle meets Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen in a minimal weight unification on Thursday.

Golden Boy Promotions returns with a special live event on Thursday DAZN by Cuidad Deportiva Heiner Ugalde, Hatillo, San Jose, Costa Rica. The Main Event pits IBF Minimum Weight Champion Yokasta Valle (25-2) against WBO Champion Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (5-0) of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This union will be a first for Costa Rica, making this fight much more important for the two women who step into the ring that night.

The story of IBF champion Valle is interesting as she was born in Nicaragua but has lived most of her life in Costa Rica. Although she lives in Costa Rica, Valle often makes the trip to Nicaragua to visit her grandfather, who still lives there. Recently she has not made this trip since the pandemic, but enjoys visiting for her family, the food and the culture that her home country offers. Although she spends most of her time in Costa Rica, she’s incredibly proud to be from Nicaragua.

Valle’s entry into boxing was different, and something she admitted wasn’t love at first sight. Valle told FanSided: “In the beginning I didn’t like boxing even though my father and grandfather were fans of the sport. I used to see fights of guys like Oscar (De La Hoya) & Alexis Arguello, and I just didn’t see the excitement in boxing (laughs). My dad had five kids who were all girls as apparently he was trying to have a son (laughs) but since he couldn’t have one he decided to take his daughters to boxing. My father took me and my older sister to boxing. I was 13 when he first took us to a gym and I noticed right away that there were no women there. The gloves and the sports smell made me think this wasn’t for me. But to please my dad, I decided to give it a try.”

Yokasta Valle vs. Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen Minimum Weight Unification will be streamed live on DAZN

“Try it,” she did, and it was two weeks before her coach asked young Valle to step into the square circle to see what she had. “I tried it for two weeks and then the coach asked me to get in the ring and fight someone. I said yes, but deep down I was scared, like ‘what am I doing’ (laughs). The bell rang and I told the coach to take off my hat. He turned me around, pushed me towards my opponent and I got caught with the first few shots. When I felt someone hit me, I told myself I wasn’t going to let this go on and that’s when the real me came out,” Valle recalled.

Valle continued, “In the end, I finished the fight and my hand was raised, which was a surprise because it was my first fight. I fell in love with adrenaline and that’s how my love for boxing began. I told myself I wanted to be world champion and I knew the road wasn’t going to be easy, but I was willing to work hard.”

Valle worked his way through amateur and then turned pro again in 2014. Despite winning titles in two weight classes, last June came one thing that was missing: to fight in the US. “It was a dream come true. I’ve been world champion since 2016 and have fought in Japan, Germany and Spain and the only place left was USA. I was very emotional that night, but it was something I’d been envisioning for some time. Everything I wished for in life as a child has come true. I always want more and I won’t settle for just being a champion. I want to keep making history and improving women’s boxing,” said Valle, 30.

While she appeared on this map as a fighter for MarvNation, she also served as a showcase for the Golden Boy Promotions blasters who were watching. Everyone in attendance was impressed and a co-promotion deal with Golden Boy was announced days after the event. Now that the agreement is in place, Golden Boy has decided to make Valle the main event of their popular Thursday Night series to elevate their status in Costa Rica and introduce them to a wider audience. The pressure is now on her to face off against another champion in her division.

Considering what’s at stake, Valle decided to head to Los Angeles, California, where her coach Gloria Alvarado resides. Not only for that reason, but also to get the kind of sparring she couldn’t get in Costa Rica for her previous training camps. Valle told FanSided: “We had an excellent camp with great sparring. That’s one of the things that cost me training in Costa Rica as sparring wasn’t available and we always had to bring fighters from other countries. There is an abundance of sparring at all levels here in Los Angeles. I’ve grown so much from the sparring experience here in LA.”

Although her opponent Nguyen only has five professional fights, she has had a long amateur career so Valle shouldn’t take her lightly. Though Valle knows what she’s dealing with, her motivation is at an all-time high as she continues to seek unification opportunities. “I don’t just want to stick with my IBF title; i want them all Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen was a pentathlon champion, which says a lot about her. She has a lot of experience and I don’t underestimate anyone. I trained so hard to give the fans a great performance. The titles are great, but the satisfaction of the fans walking out of the fight and saying, ‘Wow, Yoka was great. I want to see her again, that’s my goal.”

In-ring accomplishments aside, Valle prides himself on being a positive role model for the people of Costa Rica, which has become their second home. When she’s not participating in sweet science, Valle is part of an environmental group called Grupo Mutual, which works to protect Costa Rica’s environment, and she also participates in social groups for women in abusive relationships. She is passionate about both, as one helps indirectly increase tourism while the other transforms this country’s society. Valle finds that for the latter, as long as she gets people to communicate that the help has made a difference, that’s all the satisfaction in the world for her.

Shifting the focus back to Thursday night, which is a big unification fight, Valle wants to make sure fight fans leave the arena or their couch thinking, “I want to see them fight again.” Valle wants to leave a message for fight fans before they leave the ring enters and tries to win another world title. “Don’t miss this fight on September 8th. You will see a more aggressive and technical Yoka this evening. You can’t miss this fight. It’s champion versus champion, and once the bell rings, you’re stuck for the whole fight. Once again I’ve trained so hard to give you all a spectacular fight.”

https://fansided.com/2022/09/05/yokasta-valle-aims-become-two-division-champion/ Yokasta Valle meets Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen in a minimal weight unification on Thursday.

John Verrall

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