Emanuel Navarrete vs. Eduardo Baez: date, time, how to watch, background

·2 min read

Oleksandr Usyk will defend his heavyweight titles against Anthony Joshua on Saturday in a rematch of Usyk’s unanimous decision victory last September.


  • Date: Saturday, Aug. 20

  • Time: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT (main event later in show)

  • Where: Pechanga Arena, San Diego

  • TV/Stream: ESPN, ESPN+

  • Division: Featherweights (126 pounds)

  • Rounds: 12

  • At stake: Navarrete’s WBO title

  • Pound-for-pound ranking: None

  • Odds: Navarrete 10-1 favorite (average of multiple outlets)

  • Also on the card: Giovani Santillan vs. Julio Luna Avila, welterweights; Nico Ali Walsh vs. Reyes Sanchez, middleweights

  • Prediction: Navarrete KO 10

  • Background: Navarrete will be making the third defense of the 126-pound title he won by outpointing Ruben Villa in October 2020. The indefatigable volume puncher from Mexico, a former 122-pound champ, followed the victory over Villa with a 12th-round knockout of Christopher Diaz the following April and a wide decision over Joet Gonzalez last October. The defense on Saturday will be the 27-year-old’s fourth consecutive fight in the United States. His only loss came in a four-rounder against journeyman Daniel Argueta in 2012, the year he turned pro. Baez, also a 27-year-old from Mexico, rebounded from a majority decision setback against Ra’eese Aleem by defeating Enrique Vivas by a majority decision in his most recent fight this past March. Baez is a good, durable fighter with limited punching power.


Emanuel Navarrete outpoints Joet Gonzalez in entertaining battle

Emanuel Navarrete beats up, stops brave Christopher Diaz in 12

Emanuel Navarrete outpoints Ruben Villa to win 126-pound title

Story originally appeared on Boxing Junkie