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Emmanuel Navarrete Looks to Make History




Former world champion Emanuel Navarrete will look to make history and enter the list of Mexican world champions in at least two divisions as Navarrete (32-1-0, 28 KO''s) will face Rubén Villa (18-0-0, 5 KO's) this Saturday a the Bubble at MGM Grand the main event live on ESPN.

The Cowboy closed his preparation last weekend in the State of Mexico, and his performance left his team pleased. With great condition, speed and fortitude, Navarrete will climb into the ring being a better version of himself and fighting more naturally, without the sacrifice of losing to 122 pounds, with strenuous work in the week leading up to the fight, and already practically in the weight of 126 pounds to a week of getting into the ring.

Navarrete was the WBO world champion from December 2018 to February 2020, making five title defenses. In his most recent performance, on June 20 he knocked out Uriel Lopez in the sixth round in Mexico City in a featherweight bout.

His rival, Californian Rubén Villa, was a finalist in the U.S. qualifiers for the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is a left-handed guard and is the current WBO international featherweight champion It had a high-impact 2019, which began in January by removing the undefeated Rubén Cervera (10-0-0), in May he won the international title by defeating Luis Alberto López (17-1-0), in September he also took away the undefeated José Enrique Dorantes (17-0-0) and in January of this year, in his most recent performance, he beat Alexei Collado (26-2-0).

The WBO featherweight title was left vacant, following the resignation of Shakur Stevenson, who won it in October last year, but resigned the scepter, without defending it, to move up in weight.

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