One of Mexico's most decorated champions, WBO featherweight king Emanuel "Vaquero" Navarrete, knows the challenge at hand is a formidable one. (photos by Mikey Williams)
The former junior featherweight champion will make the second defense of his featherweight title against Joet Gonzalez this Friday at Pechanga Arena San Diego. Gonzalez is making his second attempt at a world title, while Navarrete hopes to improve to 10-0 in world title fights.
In the 10-round welterweight co-feature, San Diego native Giovani Santillan (27-0, 15 KOs) will take on the hard-charging Angel Ruiz (17-1, 12 KOs). Ruiz is coming off April's decision win over the previously undefeated Bobirzhan Mominov.