Pick It: TBRB #5 Emanuel Navarrete vs. Christopher Diaz (Saturday, ESPN, 10:00 PM EST)
Opposition level varies greatly but those who like their fighters active have something in the 26-year old Navarrete (32-1, 27 KO). The WBO featherweight titlist found a way to have three fights in 2020 after four in 2019. Navarrete makes his first defense of his second divisional strap here against the 26-year old Diaz (26-2, 16 KO).
Diaz has won twice since a loss to Shakur Stevenson. While he’s never been stopped, Diaz has yet to show if he can break through near the top of his class. Could this be strike three for Diaz as far as a chance to launch genuinely upward? Navarrete is good TV no matter who wins and this should be a solid main event. Undercard action starts on the Plus at 6 EST.
Additional Shows to Watch For
Friday - Martin vs. Prospere (DAZN, 2:00 PM EST)
Jr. welterweight action headlines this afternoon tilt from Spain. 27-year old Sandor Martin (37-2, 13 KO) has won eight in a row and is in the top ten of both the WBC and WBA. Every win gets him closer to a potential mandatory crack at the winner of Josh Taylor-Jose Ramirez, though the division could look different by then. 36-year old Kay Prospere (14-1-1, 7 KO) is 5-0-1 in his last six starts and has never been stopped.
Saturday - Harutyunyan vs. Flores (Fite TV, 12:30 PM EST)
30-year old Olympic bronze medalist Artem Harutyunyan (9-0, 6 KO) makes his first start over a scheduled twelve rounds. One suspects the developing lightweight would like to get home earlier. Opponent Oliver Flores (30-3-2, 19 KO) has won three straight but also been stopped twice in his career. We’ll see if Flores can stick around and make it interesting.
Saturday - Felix vs. Borquez (Fite TV, 7:00 PM EST)
This one might be for boxing completists only in the Jr. welterweight division but one never knows where a real scrap might break out. 28-year old Jose Felix Jr. (38-4-1, 29 KO) put a knockout loss behind him with a win in his last fight. 37-year old Adalberto Borquez (30-21-1, 27 KO) has been stopped in four of his last six starts.
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org