A scale malfunction made Emanuel Navarrete and Joet Gonzalez wait a few extra minutes to make weight Thursday afternoon in San Diego.
Once that temporary problem was rectified, both boxers met their contractual obligations to partake in their 12-round fight Friday night for Navarrete’s WBO featherweight title, the main event of a seven-bout card at Pechanga Arena in San Diego. ESPN+ is scheduled to start streaming the entire show at 8:30 p.m. EDT and 5:30 p.m. PDT.
Navarrete, 26, and Gonzalez, 28, both came in slightly under the featherweight maximum of 126 pounds.
Navarrete (34-1, 29 KOs), of San Juan Zitlaltepec Mexico, stepped on the California State Athletic Commission’s scale at 125.8 pounds. Gonzalez, of Glendora, California, came in at 125.4 pounds.
The taller Navarette will make the second defense of a WBO belt he won by out-pointing previously unbeaten southpaw Ruben Villa (18-1, 5 KOs) last October 9 at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. The former WBO junior featherweight champ will take a 29-fight winning streak into his fight against Gonzalez, thanks to a 12th-round stoppage of Puerto Rico’s Christopher Diaz (26-3, 16 KOs) on April 24 at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
Gonzalez (24-1, 14 KOs) will fight for the WBO featherweight title for the second time in a little less than two years. Former champion Shakur Stevenson thoroughly out-boxed Gonzalez in their 12-round fight for the then-vacant WBO featherweight title in October 2019 at Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.
Gonzalez impressively won his only bout since Stevenson (16-0, 8 KOs) beat him when he out-pointed Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga unanimously in a 10-rounder 13 months ago at MGM Grand Conference Center. Navarrete’s mandatory challenger hasn’t fought since he beat Marriaga (30-4, 26 KOs).
The official weights for the six bouts on the Navarrete-Gonzalez undercard are listed below.
Giovani Santillan (27-0, 15 KOs), San Diego, 147 pounds vs. Angel Ruiz (17-1, 12 KOs), Tijuana, Mexico, 147.4 pounds, 10 rounds, welterweights.
Henry Lebron (13-0, 9 KOs), Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, 131 pounds vs. Manuel Rey Rojas (21-5, 6 KOs), Dallas, 130.2 pounds, 8 rounds, lightweights.
Lindolfo Delgado (13-0, 12 KOs), Linares, Mexico, 141.6 pounds vs. Juan Garcia Mendez (21-4-2, 13 KOs), Mexicali, Mexico, 140.2 pounds, 8 rounds, welterweights.
Javier Martinez (4-0, 2 KOs), Milwaukee, 162.4 pounds vs. Darryl Jones (4-2-1, 2 KOs), Sarasota, Florida, 161.6 pounds, 6 rounds, super middleweights.
Floyd Diaz (2-0, 0 KOs), Las Vegas, 118 pounds vs. Jose Ramirez (1-0, 1 KO), Tucson, Arizona, 116.4 pounds, 4 rounds, bantamweights.
Antonio Mireles (pro debut), Des Moines, Iowa, 262.2 pounds vs. Demonte Randle (2-1, 2 KOs), Kansas City, Missouri, 314 pounds, 4 rounds, heavyweights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.