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Valle takes Pastrana's crown in first event at new Marbella Arena

Yokasta Valle, left, is declared IBF mini flyweight world champion.
Yokasta Valle, left, is declared IBF mini flyweight world champion. / Josele
  • The Spanish boxer was defeated by the Costa Rican in a very even fight which opened the venue in Puerto Banús

Costa Rican boxer Yokasta Valle snatched the IBF women's mini flyweight world title on Monday from Spanish reigning champion Joana Pastrana.

The Marbella Arena in Puerto Banús became, for the fight's 45 minutes duration, the women's boxing capital of the world by hosting the fight between the former world champion, Pastrana, and contender, Valle.

The Costa Rican boxer, with the aim of taking the title that Pastrana was defending for the third time, exerted a good combination of blows and put her rival against the ropes on several occasions.

Far from falling into Valle's quick game, Pastrana put on an unaffected defence, putting enough distance between them to make Valle miss some blows.

However, the Costa Rican came out victorious (finishing 96-94, 93-97, 93-97), claiming Pastrana's crown.

After the declaration of Valle as the winner, Pastrana congratulated her rival and told the media that she had sustained an injury in her hand in the first round, which made the rest of the fight difficult.

Marbella Arena

The fight was the first event to take place at the new Marbella Arena, formerly the Puerto Banús bull ring, after months of works on a full refit.

The boxing championship launched a two-month schedule of events planned this summer, before the venue closes again for the second stage of renovations, with Diego El Cigala and Navajita Plateá performing the site's first concert last Tuesday.

Upcoming events this summer include: Los Secretos and La Unión, Pueblos Blancos Music Festival, Pablo Milanés and the Queen and U2 Tribute 'This is what we are living for'.