Emanuel Navarrete vs Oscar Valdez

Emanuel Navarrete defends his WBO super featherweight crown against Oscar Valdez in Arizona on Saturday Photo Credit: Top Rank Boxing
Emanuel Navarrete defends his WBO tremendous featherweight crown in opposition to Oscar Valdez in Arizona on Saturday Picture Credit score: High Rank Boxing

Saturday night time on the Desert Diamond Enviornment in Glendale, Arizona sees an actual intriguing conflict that’s nearly assured fireworks, as Emanuel Navarrete defends his WBO tremendous featherweight title for the primary time in opposition to former champion Oscar Valdez in a Mexican Derby.

Bob Arum‘s High Rank promote Navarrete vs Valdez and the cardboard is televised on Sky Sports activities within the UK, and ESPN within the USA.

Navarrete (37-1, 31 KOs) is an enormous puncher, and reigned as WBO tremendous bantamweight champion from December 2018, the place he outpointed Isaac Dogboe, and scored a last spherical stoppage in a rematch, which started a run of 5 stoppage defences.

The Mexican then took the vacant WBO featherweight crown in October 2020, taking a factors win in opposition to Ruben Villa which included two knockdowns, and after three defences of that belt, a transfer as much as tremendous featherweight noticed a crack on the vacant WBO strap there.

Liam Wilson gave the 28-year-old all he might deal with, scoring a fourth spherical knockdown, however ultimately ‘Vaquero’ halted the Aussie in 9.

Navarrete and Valdez together after the former's win over Wilson Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank via Getty Images
Navarrete and Valdez collectively after the previous’s win over Wilson Picture Credit score: Mikey Williams / High Rank by way of Getty Photographs

That win was for the title beforehand owned by Valdez (31-1, 23 KOs), and the 32-year-old was additionally WBO featherweight champion from 2016 to 2019.

He then moved up in weight, claiming the WBC tremendous featherweight title with an outstanding knockout of Miguel Berchelt, however after one defence, Valdez suffered defeat for the primary time, dropped within the sixth on the best way to a transparent factors loss to Shakur Stevenson, who defended the WBO bauble that he vacated to permit Navarrete to grow to be a three-weight world champion.

Valdez looks to become a three-weight world champion Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Valdez appears to be like to grow to be a three-weight world champion Picture Credit score: Mikey Williams/High Rank

The Mexican was final out in Might, taking a large ten spherical resolution win in a rematch in opposition to Adam Lopez.

Prediction: I feel Navarrete might simply be catching Valdez on the proper time right here, and I really feel he has the edge on this one. It might be an actual battle, and I lean in direction of Navarrete taking a stoppage late on.

Delgado battles Valtierra

Following an harm to Raymond Muratalla, the tremendous light-weight conflict between Lindolfo Delgado and Jair Valtierra has been elevated to the co-feature.

Prediction: Delgado (17-0, 13 KOs) can protect his undefeated streak with a factors win in opposition to Valtierra (16-2, 8 KOs), who misplaced an eight spherical resolution to Muratalla final yr.

Remaining Undercard

In six rounders, heavyweight hope Richard Torrez Jr (5-0, 5 KOs) ought to take an early win in opposition to Willie Jake Jr (11-3-2, 3 KOs), and Antonio Mireles (7-0, 6 KOs) can do the identical, additionally at heavyweight in opposition to Dajuan Calloway (7-2, 7 KOs).

At tremendous middleweight, Sergio Leon Rodriguez (7-0-1, 6 KOs) ought to take care of Eduardo Ayala (9-3-1, 3 KOs) inside schedule, and Ricardo Ruvalcaba (9-0-1, 8 KOs) can even win early in opposition to Hungary’s Adrian Orban (6-3, 4 KOs).

The only 4 rounder comes at light-weight, the place Emiliano Vargas (5-0, 4 KOs) can get the higher of Jorge Luis Marquez Alvarado (3-5-1, 2 KOs) on the playing cards.

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