EXCLUSIVE: Seniesa Estrada “I Think Tina Is Tougher Than Yoka”

Before former unified 140-pound world champion, Jose Ramirez does battle with former lightweight world champion Richard Commey on Saturday, March 25, at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, Seniesa Estrada will begin her road to undisputed as the WBA minimumweight world champion nicknamed “Super Bad” faces WBC world champion Tina Rupprecht, a bout televised on ESPN.

The fight is the first in what Estrada hopes will be a two-part sequence that ends with her holding all four world title belts, a goal that Estrada hopes can be accomplished by this summer. 

“This is the biggest fight of my career,“ said the fighter from East L.A., best known as “Super Bad”. “This fight of course is going to get me to the undisputed fight, and I don’t look over any of my opponents, especially Tina, she is a champion for a reason. She defeated [Yoka] Valle for a reason, and she is good at what she does, but I know I am a fighter that can fight so many different ways, and I feel with my style, and game plan, it is going to make her feel uncomfortable. She is going to do things, she has never done in the ring and that’s where it starts [with me] taking her out of her comfort zone.”

The fight will see the 5ft 2ins Estrada towering over the 4ft 10ins Rupprecht, who holds a win over Yokasta Valle, who holds the other two world titles in the division. Despite a lot of publicity around Valle, Estrada feels that this Saturday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, will be tougher than a Valle bout if it were to happen.  

Estrada, who gave her time along with Fresno legend Jose Ramirez to the Fresno Boys and Girls Club, on a rainy Wednesday afternoon on the west coast, as she signed every autograph asked of her, and spoke to a packed house excited to see her perform this Saturday. Estrada is similar to Naoya Inoue in the sense that Estrada is a 105 lbs fighter, but has fought as high as 113 lbs at times in her career. In short, not unlike Inoue, we hold Estrada to a standard in which we don’t just look 

“I think I am the best,” said Estrada. “I am going to show that with every performance, especially with this performance, I am going to show I am just on a different level, compared to everyone else who is in my weight division…I just want to show I am one of the best in boxing, in general, take the male or female out of it, I just want to prove that I am one of the best in boxing, and going into this fight, [I am facing] a good champion, and when I beat her maybe people won’t give me credit, ‘like who is Tina?’, or ‘Seniesa dominated her so easily.’ That isn’t my problem.