Emanuel Navarrete defends his WBO world featherweight championship against mandatory challenger Joet Gonzalez this weekend.
Navarrete (34-1, 29 KOs) is 8-0 with six knockouts in world title fights - a busy championship run that began in December 2018 with his dominant decision over Isaac Dogboe to win the WBO junior featherweight world title.
Following five title defences in nine months, Navarrete moved up to featherweight and bested Ruben Villa by unanimous decision last October to win the WBO world title. He defended that title in April and knocked out Christopher Diaz in the 12th round.
"I am excited and thankful to receive a second world title opportunity, this time against a great Mexican warrior like Navarrete. I know I have what it takes to become a world champion, and I will show the world that on Oct. 15. No disrespect to Navarrete, but this is my time," said Gonzalez.
"I am focused on winning this fight and defending my world title for the second time. I know that Joet Gonzalez is a good fighter. I respect him and he is also my mandatory challenger, but I am the champion, and I will show him why. This belt isn't going anywhere," Navarrete said.
"I hope that my Mexican fans will support me in San Diego, and my fans from Tijuana can also come to the fight. I will give them a great fight, and it will be a great victory for all my Mexican people."
Meanwhile, Gonzalez (24-1, 14 KOs) was last seen in the ring defeating three-time world title challenger Miguel Marriaga at the Bubble at the MGM Grand, in September 2020. The victory earned him the WBO International featherweight title.
Gonzalez had his first world title opportunity for the WBO featherweight world title came in October 2019, in a battle against fellow unbeaten featherweight Shakur Stevenson for the then vacant world championship.
Losing by unanimous decision, Gonzalez - who said he 'sees flaws in Navarette's game' - is ready to redeem himself and claim a shock victory.
When, where and how can I watch the fight?
Emanuel Navarrette defends his world title against Joet Gonzalez on Friday, October 15 at the Pechanga Arena San Diego.
The 12-round world championship fight will stream live on ESPN+ in the United States at approximately 11:30pm ET/8:30 pm PT.
Emmanuel Navarette bio and record
Date of Birth: December 15, 1987
Total fights: 35
Record: 34-1 (29)
Joet Gonzalez bio and record
Born: October 12, 1993
Total fights: 25
Record: 24-1 (14)
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