Oscar Valdez will tackle WBO tremendous featherweight Emanuel Navarrete in a 12 spherical headliner on ESPN on August twelfth. Hardcore boxing followers, they came upon about this struggle a month in the past, however it’s now formally introduced. The cardboard begins at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m.
Valdez will doubtless be the favourite as a result of he’s preventing at a better stage than Navarrete, who seems to be sloppy & fats since transferring as much as 130.
He’s clearly not expert sufficient to get by way of the struggle with Valdez with out being defeated. It’ll nonetheless be an attention-grabbing struggle, although each of those guys are on the slide.
Navarrete-Valdez will happen on the Desert Diamond Area in Glendale, Arizona. Valdez (31-1, 23 KOs) will try and develop into a two-time 130-lb champion after dropping his WBC belt a 12 months in the past towards Shakur Stevenson.
“Vaquero” Navarrete (37-1, 31 KOs) shall be making his first protection of his WBO title that he received final February towards Liam Wilson.
That is a type of fights that may be a true 50-50 affair, which is unimaginable to foretell a winner. Each guys are beginning to look a little bit previous it, significantly the 28-year-old Navarrete.
It’s not that he’s taken loads of punishment in his profession, however relatively he’s not the trim, stable fighter he’s been when he fought at tremendous bantamweight  and featherweight .
In Navarrete’s final struggle, he obtained away with spitting out his mouthpiece after beinng dropped by Wilson and that gave him sufficient time to outlive. The best way that Navarrete struggled towards the unheralded Wilson means that he’s not going to carry onto his WBO title for lengthy.
“I’m excited to return to the ring, particularly as a result of it’s for a world title towards ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete. Being a world champion is one thing that I all the time dreamed of,” mentioned Oscar Valdez. “I already did it two instances.”
Valdez didn’t look good in his final struggle beating Adam ‘Blue Nostril’ Lopez in a rematch final Might. First off, it was a useless rematch as a result of Valdez had already knocked out Lopez within the seventh spherical of their first struggle 4 years in the past in 2019. Lopez had misplaced his earlier struggle towards Abraham Nova.
“Emanuel Navarrete and Oscar Valdez…it is a struggle destined to go down as a basic,” mentioned Prime Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Everybody watching on ESPN are in for an actual deal with. The winner of this struggle etches his title among the many nice Mexican fighters. I can’t wait.”