Only one can emerge as the WBO featherweight champion when Emanuel Navarrete and Ruben Villa clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, on Friday (Oct. 9th) at 8:00 pm ET.
- Emanuel Navarrete vs Ruben Villa goes down on Friday, October 9th, at 8:00 pm ET
- Who will emerge as the new WBO world featherweight champion?
- Check out the fight odds, analysis, and prediction below
Emanuel Navarrete and Ruben Villa will trade bombs inside The Bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday (Oct. 9th) at 8:00 pm ET.. Navarrete vs Villa will broadcast on ESPN.
The vacant WBO world featherweight championship is up for grabs when the 126-pounders go to war in this twelve rounds bout.
Emanuel Navarrete vs Ruben Villa Main Card Odds
Odds as of October 7th.
Jessie Magdaleno was supposed to be the one fighting Navarrete but declined the fight citing that his purse for the bout wasn’t adequate. Magdaleno is expected to face the winner of this Friday-night fight at a future juncture.
Emanuel Navarrete’s Aim for Another Title
Navarrete vacated his WBO junior featherweight title in July with aspirations to move up a weight class and collect further gold. The belt was initially vacated by Shakur Stevenson who moved up himself as he journeyed to junior lightweight.
The former WBO 122-pound champion Navarrete has carved out a three-fight win streak in his new division with his last fight taking place against journeyman Uriel Lopez in June of this year.
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Emanuel Navarrete takes care of business with a 6th Round FLURRY!pic.twitter.com/lljHbvgvvc
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Navarrete is regarded as the most active reigning champion in boxing and is looking to maintain that traction his Friday night.
Villa is currently ranked at #3 by the WBO in the 126-pound class and, in his last fight (Jan. 2020), bested Alexei Collado via unanimous decision to defend the WBO international title.
Ruben Villa looks to maintain his spotless record as he vaults towards that world-title level with the organization now.
Ruben Villa’s World Title Dream in Salinas
Despite being an 18-0 title contender, Villa is feeling largely disrespected by the boxing community heading into this fight.
The local support in his community though is palpable and his hometown is electrified by the notion of one of their own competing for world championship glory.
Ruben Villa has told his trainers that it has been his dream since childhood to bring a world title back to Salinas, California. He has a chance to actualize the boyhood dream into reality when he steps through the ropes tomorrow night.
Villa has a more extensive amateur resume, is a southpaw, and seems to be the physically larger man. It makes sense that Ruben Villa is the underdog here but he’s certainly not some walkover opponent.
Navarrete vs Villa Tale of the Tape
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|Significant Wins||Alexei Collado
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In terms of knockout power, the sub-30% stoppage rate of Villa pails in comparison to Navarrete’s 87% stoppage rate.
The pace and power of Navarrete will eventually cause Villa to crumble to the canvas. Expect the stoppage to come inside of six rounds.
Pick: Emanuel Navarrete (-250)
Main Card Picks for Navarrete vs Villa
- Bryan Lua vs Nelson Colon: Lua is an unbeaten prospect on the rise while Colon has a bit of a lopsided record. All three of Lua’s career knockouts have come in his last three outings and I think he extends that to four tomorrow. Lua wins via stoppage inside of four rounds. Pick: Bryan Lua (-5000)
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