The vacant WBO World Featherweight title is on the line Friday night in Las Vegas and we’re ready to go with the latest preview edition of the “Big Fight Weekend” podcast.
Emanuel “El Vaquero (Cowboy)” Navarrete of Mexico moves up to 126 lb. trying to claim a second world championship in a different weight division. Navarette, 32-1, 27 KOs, successfully defended his Junior featherweight title five times over the last two years and now will battle veteran contender, southpaw Ruben Villa in a scheduled 12-round to be televised by ESPN.
In the resumption of the sport post Covid 19 outbreak, Navarette knocked out little known fellow countryman, Uriel Lopez (above) in June in the sixth round of his Featherweight debut in a bout from TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City.
It was the sixth victory in the previous 13 months for Navarrete (32-1, 28 KOs), who burst on the scene, when he upset Isaac Dogboe in December 2018 to win his WBO World Title.
Navarrete has now won 27 fights in a row since suffering his only pro loss in his sixth bout. Also, he previously injured his right hand in his 11th round TKO of Jeo Santisima in February on the undercard of the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder card in Las Vegas. However, that hand has fully healed and he showed no effects in bombing out Lopez nearly four months ago.
Speaking of the “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” their senior boxing reporter / insider Steve Kim is our first guest on the show. He gives great insight into what kind of chance Villa has to hang in with the hard-punching Navarrete. Kim also has some thoughts in the preview mode for next Saturday’s World Lightweight unification title fight between Ukrainian IBF/WBA World champ, Vasiliy Lomachenko and New York’s unbeaten IBF title holder Teofimo Lopez.
Then on the podcast, we welcome Marquis Johns, senior writer for BigFight Weekend.com to get his thoughts on Navarrete- Villa, including the betting angle of will Navarrete win by KO and is it worthwhile to take the under/over 10.5 rounds in this one?
Marquis also has thoughts on two prominent Pay-Per-View fights. First, Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Leo Santa Cruz being pushed to the end of October, because fans will now be present at the Alamodome in San Antonio Texas.
And this will be the same with the World Welterweight Title Fight in December now between unbeaten champion, Errol Spence and challenger, Danny Garcia, which will be at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium with fans present.
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