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All eyes turn to the west coast this Saturday as reigning WBO 122lb champ Emanuel Navarette defends the strap he won off Ghanian Isaac Dogboe in a thriller in Madison Square Garden late last year.
Navarette, who beat Dogboe decisively via a 12th round stoppage in May earlier this year, defends his belt against young up-and-comer Francisco De Vaca in what should be an eye-pleasing bout with De Vaca’s come forward rugged style matched up against Navarette’s aggressiveness on the inside.
Despite being undefeated and having 20 fights under his belt, De Vaca has campaigned outside his native Phoenix only once in his career and this will be a huge step-up for the Mexican-American as he’s put into his first big show live on ESPN.
No odds are currently posted for the fight as of yet but expect Naverette to be a sizeable favorite in this one as he looks to get unification matchups in the near future against WBC champ Rey Vargas and IBF/WBA champion Daniel Roman.
The undercard to the LA card features former Dogboe foe Jessie Magadaleno as he moves up to the deep waters of 126lb in only his second fight at that weight.
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In other locations around the globe this weekend, German super-middleweight prospect Vincent Feigenbutz takes on Cesar Nunez in Ludswighafen, former Abner Mares conqueror Johnny Gonzalez takes on Ramiro Blanco in Fresnillo, Mexico and undefeated New England light-heavyweight Charles Foster takes on veteran journeyman, but a dangerous opponent nonetheless, in Denis Grachev. Chief support on that Springfield, Mass. card will be Irish heavyweight Niall Kennedy as he looks to claim a victory over former Andy Ruiz foe, Devin Vargas.
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Overall, not a whole lot of betting value this weekend in what is effectively a slow week inside the squared circle. In this weekend’s biggest fight, we expect Navarette to win fairly convincingly over De Vaca on what most likely opens at an un-betable opening line.
We’ll be back next Thursday in the lead-up to August 24th’s huge fight between Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev as he entertains the challenge of dangerous British puncher Anthony Yarde in Russia. Best of luck on your boxing bets till then.