One of the more exciting smaller weight championship fighters will officially headline for Top Rank Boxing on Saturday night June 20th. That’s when WBO Junior Featherweight Champion, Emanuel Navarrete, will return to the ring in non-title action.
Top Rank announced Navarrete’s June 20th fight in Mexico City during their live broadcast of the return of boxing to the United States Tuesday night from Las Vegas. He will fight in 11 days at the Azteca TV studios without fans present:
¡Volvemos con Punch??! Desde el 20 de junio el boxeo profesional regresa En Vivo.
— AztecaDeportes (@AztecaDeportes) June 7, 2020
The 25 year old Navarrete has put together an impressive string of championship wins by knockout prior to the Coronavirus shutdown of the sport. This, however, will be a non-title affair, as Navarrete will fight at 126 pounds against Uriel Lopez in a schedule 10 rounder.
Navarrete, who has explosive power in both hands, was last in the ring on the undercard of Tyson Fury- Deontay Wilder battle in February in Vegas. That’s when he scored an 11th round TKO over Jeo Santisima running his record to 31-1, 27 KOs.
Navarrete did suffer a right hand injury early on in the win, but announced in April that the hand was not broken and had not required any surgery. Further, he said would be fully healed for a fight in the Summer.
Known as “El Vaquero” or The Cowboy, Navarrete had been one of the most active World Champs in the last 18 months. This includes five championship victories in a nine month period all by KO starting back in May of 2019 through this past February.
Navarrete, who has won 26 fights in a row since suffering his only pro loss in his sixth bout, said previously about the hand healing and his desire to return to the ring quickly,
“I am training and taking care of myself until this pandemic ends, to be among the first to raise my hand and fight.
I’m fine now, I had tendonitis, rest and medication have completely restored me, I’m already punching and I haven’t had any problems,”
And, now we’ll see how healed he is coming up with the hope that he may fight at least once more later in 2020.