Emanuel Navarrete 125.8 vs. Joet Gonzalez 125.4 – weigh-in results + photos / video

By Boxing News - 10/14/2021 - Comments

By Huck Allen: WBO Emanuel Navarrete weighed in at 125.8 lbs on Thursday for his title defense against #1 WBO Joet Gonzalez this Friday, October 15th on ESPN+ at the Pechanga Arena, in San Diego, California. Gonzalez (24-1, 14 KOs) weighed in at 125.4 lbs. The card will be streamed live on ESPN+ at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT.

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Navarrete (34-1, 29 KOs) makes his second defense of his WBO 126-lb title that he won a year ago in October 2020.

This is Gonzalez’s second attempt to capture the WBO 126-lb title, as he lost to Shakur Stevenson by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision two years ago in October 2019. Stevenson outboxed Joet winning the fight on his superior boxing ability.

It only took Joet one win over Miguel Marriaga last September to earn a second crack at the WBO featherweight title. Like Navarrete, Marriaga is a big puncher, but Gonzalez dealt with his power well in winning a 10 round unanimous decision.

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It’s going to take a great effort from Gonzalez,28, for him to unseat Navarrete on Friday night. Navarrete, 26, is in his prime right now and looking nearly impossible to beat.

Ruben Villa gave Navarrete a lot of problems last October with his technical game, but Joet isn’t as skilled as him.

I rebounded with a win over Marriaga, and I think I showed the public I’m here to fight the best out there,” said Joet.

Gonzalez matches up better with Navarrete’s style of fighting than he did with Shakur, so there’s a chance he can win.

Official weights for Navarrete-Gonzalez card:

  • Emanuel Navarrete 125.8 lbs vs. Joet Gonzalez 125.4 lbs
  • Giovani Santillan 147 lbs vs. Angel Ruiz 147.4 lbs
  • Henry Lebron 131 lbs vs. Manuel Rey Rojas 130.2 lbs
  • Lindolfo Delgado 141.6 lbs vs. Juan Garcia Mendez 140.2 lbs
  • Javier Martinez 162.4 lbs vs. Darryl Jones 161.6 lbs
  • Floyd Diaz 118 lbs vs. Jose Ramirez 116.4 lbs
  • Antonio Mireles 262.2 lbs vs. Demote Randle 314 lbs

“I feel very strong. I’ve seen changes in my body for the best, and I think this division is the best for me,” said Navarrete.

“I think this is going to be a tough fight. He is a tough opponent. We are basically fighting in his hometown, closer to where he lives,” Navarrete continued.

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Navarrete previously held the WBO super bantamweight title from 2018 to 2020 after beating Isaac Dogboe to capture the title.

As the WBO 122 champion, Navarrete was very busy, defending the belt five times successfully against these fighters:

  • Isaac Dogboe – TKO 12
  • Francisco De Vaca – KO 3
  • Juan Miguel Elorde – TKO 4
  • Francisco Horta – KO 4
  • Jeo Santisma – TKO 11

Navarrete says he doesn’t want to move up to 130 yet to take on the top super featherweights. If he does make that move, it’ll put him on a crash course with Shakur Stevenson, as he’s poised to capture the WBO 130-lb title from Jamel Herring.