Mexico’s preventing cowboy is able to roll into San Diego. Two-division kingpin Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete will defend his WBO featherweight world title in opposition to necessary challenger Joet Gonzalez on Friday, Oct. 15 at Pechanga Area San Diego.
Within the 10-round welterweight co-feature, San Diego native Giovani Santillan makes his first hometown look in additional than seven years in opposition to Angel “Relampago” Ruiz, the southpaw windmill from Culiacán, Mexico.
Navarrete-Gonzalez and Santillan-Ruiz will stream dwell and solely on ESPN+ beginning at roughly 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT. The undercard — additionally streaming dwell and solely on ESPN+ — will function middleweight prospect Javier “Milwaukee Made” Martinez (4-0, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder, undefeated 2016 Mexican Olympian Lindolfo Delgado (13-0, 12 KOs) in an eight-rounder at junior welterweight, and an eight-round junior light-weight battle between rising Puerto Rican prospect Henry “Moncho” Lebron (13-0, 9 KOs) and famous spoiler Manuel Rey Rojas (21-5, 6 KOs).
Promoted by Prime Rank, tickets beginning at $55 go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. PT and may be bought by visiting AXS.com.
“Emanuel Navarrete by no means disappoints, as he’s a real Mexican warrior who fights in a crowd-pleasing model,” mentioned Prime Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Joet Gonzalez earned his place because the necessary challenger, and he has every thing it takes to provide Navarrete a formidable problem. I’m additionally thrilled that Giovani Santillan will get a possibility to combat in entrance of the hometown followers in a superb combat in opposition to Angel Ruiz.”
Navarrete (34-1, 29 KOs) is 8-0 with six knockouts in world title fights, a busy championship run that started in December 2018 together with his dominant determination over Isaac Dogboe to win the WBO junior featherweight world title. Following 5 title defenses in 9 months, Navarrete moved as much as featherweight and bested Ruben Villa by unanimous determination final October to win the WBO world title. He defended that title in April and knocked out Christopher Diaz within the twelfth spherical. Gonzalez (24-1, 14 KOs) fell brief in his first world title alternative in October 2019, shedding a call to pound-for-pound star Shakur Stevenson. He returned final September and handed a one-sided beating to three-time world title challenger Miguel Marriaga to earn his WBO No. 1 rating.
“I’m targeted on profitable this combat and defending my world title for the second time. I do know that Joet Gonzalez is an effective fighter. I respect him and he’s additionally my necessary challenger, however I’m the champion, and I’ll present him why. This belt isn’t going wherever,” Navarrete mentioned. “I hope that my Mexican followers will assist me in San Diego, and my followers from Tijuana also can come to the combat. I’ll give them a terrific combat, and will probably be a terrific victory for all my Mexican individuals.”
Gonzalez mentioned, “I’m excited and grateful to obtain a second world title alternative, this time in opposition to a terrific Mexican warrior like Navarrete. I do know I’ve what it takes to turn into a world champion, and I’ll present the world that on Oct. 15. No disrespect to Navarrete, however that is my time.”
Santillan (27-0, 15 KOs), born and raised in San Diego, first picked up a pair of gloves at 8 years outdated and fought almost 80 newbie bouts earlier than turning professional in 2012 in Temecula, California. Santillan rose the ranks preventing largely in Southern California, however he’s made just one professional look in his hometown, a 2014 TKO over Osenohan Vazquez. In June 2020, he survived a razor-thin majority determination in opposition to former light-weight world champion Antonio DeMarco. After a year-long layoff, he returned June 26 with a one-sided determination over Cecil McCalla. Ruiz (17-1, 12 KOs), a six-year professional, received the primary 16 fights of his profession earlier than struggling a stunning second-round knockout loss to Javier Flores in October 2019. He got here again in April 2021 and bullied the beforehand unbeaten Bobirzhan Mominov en path to an eight-round determination on a nationally televised card.
“As quickly as I acquired the decision, I used to be excited as a result of that is one thing my dad and I talked about for a very long time, being a part of a giant present in San Diego,” Santillan mentioned. “Ruiz is an effective fighter, a hungry man, however I’m hungry as nicely. We truly sparred a couple of years again and did some rounds. It was good work. I can’t await Oct. 15. I’m going to carry out for my household, my pals, and my metropolis. That is an unbelievable alternative.”
Lebron (13-0, 9 KOs), a southpaw who received Puerto Rican newbie nationwide titles in 2015 and 2016 earlier than turning professional, is coming off final August’s near-shutout determination over veteran Luis Porozo. One in every of his island nation’s most promising prospects, the 23-year-old has six knockouts in two rounds or much less. Rojas (21-5, 6 KOs) has solely been knocked out as soon as as a professional and most lately received a one-sided determination over Tyler McCreary in June on a Prime Rank card.