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Emmanuel Navarrete Ruben Villa Final Press Conference


Former world champion Emanuel "Vaquero" Navarrete (32-1, 28 KOs) and Ruben Villa (18-0, 5 KOs) of Salinas, California held the final press conference Wednesday afternoon as they square off this Friday at the Bubble at MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on ESPN. Navarrete and Villa will battle it out for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.


Here is what they had to say.


Emanuel Navarrete


"With the current situation and the camp we've had, {my team} has done a great job. We've worked through it, and we're ready for this match."


"My body is doing a lot better. I'm growing a little bit more. It was getting a little bit difficult making 122, but now going up to 126, I think I'm more prepared for that."


"For now, we're pretty much ready. We're ready for this weight. We're ready for this fight on Friday night, so I think we're ready to go with what we have. After this fight, we're going to keep moving forward." 


Ruben Villa


"There have been a couple of restrictions and stuff due to COVID, but I've been in the gym, I've been active. It hasn't gotten in the way of me training and my team's training. Yeah, we trained hard, another hard camp, and we're ready for Friday night."


"My last couple of fights, they've been aggressive guys who come to beat me and think they're going to get me off my game plan. But I adapted well. We always had good game plans and stuck to game plans, and now we're here fighting for a world title. I feel like I'm ready. I feel like he's beatable, and my style is the one to do it."


"He's an aggressive guy who throws 100 punches a round. I feel like it's just going to bring the best out of me to do my job as well as I can. 


"I feel like you're going to see a bigger and better Ruben Villa this Friday."


"Running with the mask on, seeing the field workers working during the pandemic and fires, it's just another motivation for me to win this fight and bring Salinas its first world title. I just can't wait to show you guys what I got." 


"I want to see the best Ruben Villa. I haven't even seen him yet. I feel like Navarrete will bring it out of me. I'm just excited to perform and, like I said, show you guys what I got. I feel like I've been slept on. Maybe a lot of people think I don't belong here, but I'm going to show everyone I'm an elite 126 fighter. Yeah, I'm coming to win and coming to fight."




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