Boxing News: Josh Kelly / Golden Boy sign IBF champ

World Boxing News provides the latest news on Josh Kelly and Golden Boy Promotions signing an IBF champ.

Josh Kelly (10-1-1, 6 KOs) will face Hungarian Peter Kramer (12-5-3, 8 KOs) in Liverpool on Friday, June 17, as Wasserman Boxing presents another colossal night of action, live on Channel 5.

Kramer will enter the ring full of confidence off the back of a big win and will be looking to seize the opportunity of taking a big name like Josh Kelly to push for another title challenge.

The momentum of his last fight will also be married alongside the different experiences of the 32-year-old Hungarian. Kramer has fought in Britain and can boast the greater ring experience with eight more fights and over 20 more rounds.

Kelly has expressed his readiness to shine, having been out of action since February 2021, and Kramer could face the wrath of the rejuvenated “PBK.”

“I can’t wait to give Liverpool, the United Kingdom, and the world the chance to see Josh Kelly at his best again,” said Kelly.

“I’m ready to do whatever, and that starts with a dominant display live on Channel 5 in Liverpool. I can’t wait to give my fans, and all fans of the sport, a masterclass come fight night.”

IBF CHAMP

IBF Minimumweight World Champion, Yokasta “Yoka” Valle (25-2, 9 KOs) of San Jose, Costa Rica, has signed a co-promotional agreement with Golden Boy. The fearless fighter was last seen defending her world title for the fifth time on the undercard of Jaime Munguia vs. Jimmy Kelly on June 11. 

Ranked as the #3 best female 105-pounder by ESPN.com and The Ring Magazine, Yokasta Valle is a world champion in two weight classes. She captured the IBF Atomweight World Title in 2016 and has held the IBF Minimumweight World Championship since 2019. The Costa Rican fighter has been undefeated since 2018 and has made five successful world title defenses. Valle was named 2021’s “Female Fighter of the Year” by the International Boxing Federation. Now, the world champion is looking to unify the division against any world champion up for the challenge. 

“I am very excited for this opportunity to be part of the Golden Boy family,” said Yokasta Valle. “This is a dream come true and a historic achievement for my country, Costa Rica. I want to thank Golden Boy and Robert Diaz for this great opportunity. I also want to thank my team, Marvin Rodriguez, Mario Vega, and everyone who has made this great accomplishment possible.”

“Yokasta Valle is a talented, fearless fighter that I am proud to welcome to the Golden Boy stable,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman, and CEO of Golden Boy. “We are excited about her future, and we are looking forward to helping her accomplish her goal of becoming a unified world champion.”