Emanuel Navarrete (37-1, 31 KOs) takes on Óscar Valdez (31-1, 23 KOs) in a super featherweight match-up on August 12 in Glendale, Arizona, USA. He will make the first defense of his WBO world title in the headliner of a card taking place at the Desert Diamond Arena. The fight will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN+, and ESPN Deportes in the USA. Also part of the main ESPN broadcast will be a lightweight bout between Raymond Muratalla (18-0, 15 KOs) and Diego Torres (17-0, 16 KOs). Richard Torrez Jr. (5-0, 5 KOs) will return to the Desert Diamond Arena for a second time this year to take on Willie Jake Jr. (11-3-2, 3 KOs). Additional undercard bouts will be broadcast live on ESPN+ prior to Torrez-Jake.
Following a recent training session at The BXNG Club in San Diego, Navarrete spoke about preparing for this fight and how he sees it going. Below are his statements:
Navarrete post training session quotes
“The training camp has been intense,” admitted Navarrete. “The preparation was very tough. Fortunately, we were able to carry it out quite well. I had always done things in a conventional way, but now we have included a physical trainer, Francisco Javier Orozco. This fight with Valdez merited that change, and I will come into this fight much better physically.”
“Winning this fight would boost my career significantly. Personally, I would feel complete. What has been missing in my career is precisely a victory against someone like Valdez. It would fill me with pride to be part of such an iconic fight between Mexicans and come out victorious.”
“People know that I throw a lot of punches and that I’m always in attractive fights. Now, with Valdez, I believe it will be twice as spectacular. Valdez is a fighter who doesn’t hold back. We always see him moving forward and throwing punches.”
“He says he’s going to knock my head off, but let’s see whose head comes off first. Let’s see what Valdez has to offer, and let’s see how much he can endure and how much I can endure, too.”
Both men to finally clash
Both men were initially meant to face each other in February this year. However, the fight was postponed due to an injury to Valdez. Navarrete wound up defeating Liam Wilson in an entertaining clash instead. On the other hand, Valdez faced Adam Lopez for a second time on the Devin Haney-Vasyl Lomachenko undercard, winning via unanimous decision.
Both men have vowed to bring their best into this bout. Fight fans have had to wait quite a while for this clash to finally take place. Assuming nothing goes awry, fans will finally to get to see this intriguing match-up on August 12.