Navarrete vs Valdez- ESPN+, Sky Sports - Aug. 12 - 10 pm ET

Navarrete vs Valdez- ESPN+, Sky Sports – Aug. 12 – 10 pm ET

Navarrete vs Valdez and Torrez-Jake will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Get ready for a thrilling night of boxing, as the junior lightweight title showdown between WBO world champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete and former two-division world champion Oscar Valdez gets aired live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The fight is scheduled for August 12 at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, and tickets go on sale TODAY!

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Also opening the televised tripleheader, U.S. Olympic silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr. will take on Willie Jake Jr. in a six-round heavyweight bout. This bout was initially slated for March, but had to be postponed after Torrez suffered a tear in his oblique during training.

Raymond Muratalla is benched! An unexpected training mishap means he’s out of this Saturday’s big ESPN showdown on August 12. He was all set to face off with Diego Torres at Desert Diamond Arena, Glendale, Arizona.

The promotion is led by Top Rank, with tickets starting at a pocket-friendly $50. Sales commence TODAY at 12 p.m. PT, available at

Torrez, with an impressive record of 5 wins and 5 KOs, made his pro debut last year and has been on a winning streak ever since, including his resounding 2023 debut victory over James Bryant. Jake, with an 11-3-2 record, is a seasoned pro with three consecutive wins under his belt.

The fight between Navarrete and Valdez is anticipated to be a classic, according to Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “The winner of this fight etches his name among the great Mexican fighters. I can’t wait,” he enthuses.

Navarrete, a proud warrior from San Juan Zitlaltepec, is ready for this much-awaited bout. He’s pumped up and sees this fight as possibly the start of a new Mexico vs. Mexico rivalry akin to the iconic Barrera-Morales battles.

Valdez, a two-time Olympian and three-time world champion, is equally excited to return to the ring. He has already captured the world title twice, and this represents another golden opportunity for him to do it again.

The event also promises a host of rising talents in the sport. Mexican Olympian Lindolfo Delgado will pit his unbeaten record against compatriot Jair Valtierra in a 10-rounder. Emiliano Fernando Vargas will face an opponent yet to be named in a four-rounder. Two of Phoenix’s crowd favorites, Sergio Rodriguez and Eduardo Ayala, will meet for intra-city bragging rights in a super middleweight dual.

Further exciting matchups include Javier Martinez against Isaiah Wise in an eight-round middleweight clash, rising junior welterweight prospect Ricardo Ruvalcaba in a scheduled six-rounder, and heavyweight knockout artist Antonio “El Gigante” Mireles against Dajuan Calloway. It’s a packed night of unmissable action for boxing fans.

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After a recent training session in Lake Tahoe, here are the thoughts that Valdez shared:

“I’m eager and ready. With the fight fast approaching, it feels like a pivotal moment in my career. Reclaiming that title means the world to me. Every day, I’m seizing the chance to get closer to my dream.

Everyone knows that Navarrete has a unique fighting style. It’s hard to find a sparring partner who can mimic him perfectly. But we try our best to replicate his moves during mittwork and plan our strategies accordingly. He’s not a conventional boxer who relies on straightforward punches.

Training in Lake Tahoe is wonderful. The isolation, the mountain views, the great weather and the high altitude make it an ideal training camp. I find peace and clarity here, allowing me to focus on my training.

The boxing greats Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera have been my inspiration growing up. Their legacy drives me to leave my own mark in the boxing world.

The anticipation for this fight exceeds all others. The excitement is huge, and I’m constantly asked, ‘When’s your fight?’ We all sense a great figh that’s on the horizon.”

Mexican Legends Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales to Join Navarrete-Valdez Fight Week Festivities

Boxing enthusiasts are set to witness an unforgettable event as Mexican legends Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales join the fight week festivities for the upcoming WBO junior lightweight world title bout. Reigning champion Emanuel Navarrete will take on former two-division world champion Oscar Valdez on Saturday, August 12, at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

The event is not just about the Navarrete-Valdez showdown. The evening also features the Raymond Muratalla-Diego Torres lightweight co-feature and a heavyweight clash between Richard Torrez Jr. and Willie Jake Jr. The fights will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

The attendance of Barrera and Morales adds excitement to the event. Their legendary trilogy, which began on February 19, 2000, remains one of boxing’s most iconic rivalries. Morales claimed a close split decision victory against Barrera in their first bout, followed by Barrera’s unanimous decision win in the second, leading to a divided opinion among fans and experts.

The rubber match in November 2004 saw Barrera triumph again, this time winning the majority decision against then-WBC super featherweight champion Morales. The trilogy has since inspired future generations, including Navarrete and Valdez, who hope to leave their mark on the legacy of all-Mexican showdowns.

Navarrete acknowledged the presence of the two legends, saying, “They set the bar really high. What they did is difficult to do, let alone surpass. But Valdez and I have what it takes to leave a similar mark.”

Valdez added, “Every time there is a fight between Mexicans, it’s a great battle, and this won’t be the exception. I always tell people that I grew up during the era of Morales and Barrera. They inspired me to be the fighter that I am today. So, to leave something similar in history would mean the world to me.”

Fans can also follow the Navarrete vs. Valdez fight week events live on Top Rank’s social media channels and various ESPN platforms.

This blend of the old and new generation of Mexican boxers, set against the backdrop of a championship bout, is sure to provide a thrilling spectacle for boxing fans worldwide. With legends watching and current champions fighting, the stage is set for a memorable evening in Glendale, Arizona. The anticipation builds as the world awaits what could be the next chapter in Mexican boxing history.

(ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

    •  Emanuel Navarrete 130 lbs. vs. Oscar Valdez 129.8 lbs
(Navarrete’s WBO Junior Lightweight World Title — 12 Rounds)
Referee: Wes Melton
Judges: Lisa Giampa, Chris Wilson and Zach Young

   •   Lindolfo Delgado 140.7 lbs vs. Jair Valtierra 139.4 lbs
(Junior Welterweight — 10 Rounds)
Referee: Chris Flores
Judges: Dennis O’Connell, Craig Harmon and Esther Lopez

•  Richard Torrez Jr. 235.4 lbs  vs. Willie Jake Jr. 249.6. lbs 
 (Heavyweight — 6 Rounds)
Referee: Robert Hoyle
Judges: Dennis O’Connell, Lisa Giampa and Esther Lopez

(ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

•    Emiliano Fernando Vargas 134.8 lbs  vs. Jorge Luis Marquez Alvarado  133.7 lbs 
 (Lightweight — 4 Rounds)

•  Antonio Mireles 270.7 lbs  vs. Dajuan Calloway 391.7 lbs 
 (Heavyweight — 6 Rounds)

•  Eduardo Ayala 160 lbs vs. Sergio Rodriguez 161 lbs
 (Middleweight — 6 Rounds)

•   Ricardo Ruvalcaba 141.6 lbs vs. Adrian Orban 141.5 lbs 
 (Junior Welterweight— 6 Rounds)



Aug 12 2023


10:00 PM - 11:50 PM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Aug 12 2023
  • Time: 10:00 PM - 11:50 PM


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