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Boxing: Costa Rican Valle unites the WBO and IBF titles at 105 pounds

LCosta Rican Yokasta Valle defeated Vietnamese Thi Thu Nguyen by unanimous decision on Thursday and unified the titles of the World Boxing Organiza


LCosta Rican Yokasta Valle defeated Vietnamese Thi Thu Nguyen by unanimous decision on Thursday and unified the titles of the World Organization (WBO) and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) at 105 pounds.

Valle, who dominated all 10 rounds of the fight, entered the fight as IBF champion and fulfilled his dream of facing the WBO titleholder and snatching the belt from her.

The Costa Rican jumped into the ring with great aggressiveness in front of the 6,000 fans who filled the chairs of the Heiner Ugalde Arena, in San José, in an atmosphere worthy of a world title fight. The first four episodes were dominated by Valle, who connected his combinations to the head of the Vietnamese on multiple occasions.

Nguyen showed a lot of resistance to the blows but could not impose his conditions, and she was even booked once by Argentine referee Mario Gonzlez for hitting with her head.

Valle, nicknamed ‘the people’s champion’, continued to demonstrate her entire repertoire of blows to the head and sides of the Vietnamese woman, who staggered on a couple of occasions due to the punishment she received.

In the last two rounds Nguyen wanted to react, but was controlled by Valle with the straight right and the constant combination of 1-2 in the lead that prevented any surprise from the Asian.

The 30-year-old Costa Rican boxer raised her record to 24 wins (8 by KO) and 2 losses, she has not fallen since June 2018 and has 10 wins in a row.

For her part, the 25-year-old Vietnamese recorded her first defeat as a professional on Thursday after having obtained 5 victories (1 by KO).