Mexican star Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete defends his WBO featherweight world title in the principle occasion towards Mexicali’s Eduardo “El Gemelo” Baez on Saturday at Pechanga Enviornment.
Within the 10-round welterweight co-feature, San Diego native Giovani Santillan dangers his unbeaten file towards Julio Luna.
In a four-round particular function, undefeated middleweight prospect Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of the legendary Muhammad Ali, fights Reyes Sanchez in a rematch of the December bout through which Ali Walsh prevailed by majority resolution.
These three bouts shall be broadcast stay on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 7 p.m. Saturday. The complete card begins at 3:30 p.m. Tickets stay obtainable and begin at $35.
Navarrete (35-1, 29 KOs), the winner of 30 consecutive bouts, is a two-weight world champion who will combat in his tenth world-title bout. The native of San Juan Zitlaltepec had 5 junior featherweight title defenses in 9 months, then moved as much as featherweight and gained the WBO title in October 2020 with a choice over Ruben Villa.
He defended his title twice in 2021, together with his October 12-round victory over Joet Gonzalez at Pechanga.
“I’m very excited to lastly be again within the ring on Aug. 20. The inactivity of those final eight months has served to provide my physique the remaining it wanted and to mirror on many issues,” Navarrete stated. “Now I’m coming again stronger bodily and mentally.”
Baez (21-2-2, 7 KOs), is the WBO No. 7 featherweight contender. He lately moved as much as featherweight after a profitable run at junior featherweight that included a Mexican title and wins over three undefeated prospects.
In 2017, he misplaced a good resolution to Mauricio Lara, who entered the title image along with his 2021 knockout over Josh Warrington. Following a disputed majority resolution to Ra’eese Aleem final November, Baez moved as much as featherweight. In March, he edged Jose Enrique Vivas by majority resolution to earn a world rating and a shot at changing into the 126-pound king.
Santillan (29-0, 16 KOs), a 10-year professional, has seen his profession momentum boosted by linking up with famous coach Robert Garcia. Final fall, in his Pechanga debut earlier than a hometown cheering part, he outfought Angel Ruiz over 10 rounds.
He returned in April in Costa Mesa and knocked out Jeovanis Barraza in seven rounds. He has huge desires for the combat scene in San Diego.
“This exhibits we are able to proceed having huge playing cards in San Diego, and I can’t watch for all my followers to pack Pechanga Enviornment,” Santillan stated. “I desire a world title alternative quickly. That’s the dream. I’d like to combat for a world title, and defend my belt, in my hometown.”
Ali Walsh (5-0, 4 KOs) faces off with Sanchez (7-2, 3 KOs), from Topeka, Kansas.
Undercard motion, streaming stay and solely on ESPN+, consists of an eight-round junior welterweight showdown between unbeaten Mexican standouts Lindolfo Delgado (15-0, 13 KOs) and Omar Aguilar (24-0, 23 KOs).
Delgado represented Mexico on the 2016 Rio Olympics, whereas Aguilar has 15 first-round knockouts.
IBF No 1. featherweight contender Luis Alberto Lopez (25-2, 14 KOs) returns, whereas junior light-weight contender Xavier Martinez (17-1, 11 KOs) seems to be to bounce again from his first profession loss.