(L to R) Nico Ali Walsh, Emanuel Navarrete and Giovanni Santillan – Photograph courtesy of High Rank
One among Mexico’s nice champions, a hometown hero, and the grandson of a legend will take heart stage in San Diego subsequent Saturday, Aug. 20, at Pechanga Enviornment San Diego.
Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (35-1, 29 KOs) makes the third protection of his WBO featherweight world title in opposition to Mexican countryman Eduardo Baez (21-2-2, 7 KOs), San Diego’s undefeated welterweight contender Giovani Santillan (29-0, 16 KOs) seems to be to enhance to 30-0 in opposition to Julio Luna (19-0-2, 10 KOs) within the 10-round co-feature, and Nico Ali Walsh (5-0, 4 KOs) grandson of Muhammad Ali, will see motion in a four-round rematch versus Reyes Sanchez (7-2, 3 KOs).
Ali fought at Pechanga Enviornment San Diego in 1973 — when it was generally known as San Diego Sports activities Enviornment — in opposition to Ken Norton within the first combat of their legendary trilogy. Norton broke Ali’s jaw and received a call in one among boxing’s most storied upsets.
Navarrete-Baez, Santillan-Luna and Ali Walsh-Sanchez 2 shall be broadcast dwell on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
At Monday’s media exercise in San Diego, that is what Navarrete, Santillan and Ali Walsh needed to say.
“(Baez) is a warrior with an imposing, come-forward fashion. He’s clever and has good method. The combat shall be tough within the first six rounds till I determine him out. Within the second half of the combat, we count on to have the ability to join combos to the physique to weaken my opponent and obtain the victory.”
“This has been the perfect coaching camp of my profession. We began camp in Mexico Metropolis, and we completed in Tijuana.”
“I’m prepared to come back again after a protracted layoff. Generally you begin getting doubts once you spend a lot time away from the ring. However as quickly as coaching camp begins, the optimistic mentality returns.”
“Final time I fought at Pechanga Enviornment, it was a particular expertise. I can’t wait to combat in entrance of the hometown followers once more. San Diego has all the time been my house, and the assist I get from my individuals is actually humbling.”
“Luna is undefeated similar to me, and I do know neither one among us needs to let go of that ‘0.’”
Nico Ali Walsh
“I’m combating a rematch in opposition to the one man who has taken me the gap, so I must proper that flawed. I’ve improved a lot since then, and I can’t wait to point out that within the ring.”
“My grandfather fought on this enviornment almost 50 years in the past, and I’m honored to comply with in his footsteps. Persevering with his legacy within the ring is one thing I cherish.”
A press launch by High Rank was used on this article.