This Saturday, Emanuel Navarrete will defend his legacy against Eduardo Baez, who turned professional in 2013 and has been dominating his opponents up until a recent bout with Raeese Aleem. He suffered just his second career defeat by majority decision, but Baez has now recovered, defeating Jose Enrique Vivas by decision in March.
Baez, who is 5’9″, will be taller than his opponent but will lose the reach encounter with his opponent’s 72″ reach, a 2″ advantage over him. Baez, who is currently the #7 WBO featherweight contender, recently made the transition from junior featherweight to featherweight and will have the toughest fight of his career during the weekend.
The heavy favorite Navarette won the vacant WBO featherweight title in October 2020 against Ruben Villa, after capturing the WBO junior-featherweight title in December 2018, and has now successfully defended it five times. Since then, the champ has successfully defended it twice against Christopher Diaz and Joet Gonzalez, with the latest victory coming in November.
It’s also worth noting that Navarrete is a heavy caliber fighter, because apart from carrying the WBO junior-featherweight, he has an impressive record of 35 victories, demonstrating that he is one of the best fighters in the world. Navarrete is also a knockout specialist, winning 29 of his 36 professional fights by KO/TKO, a feat he hopes to duplicate on Saturday at Pechanga Arena.
Speaking of Pechanga Arena, Navarrete will be familiar with the environment leading up to the fight Saturday, as his October defeat of Gonzalez was here as well. While the support for Navarrete is worthy, it’s more than certain he’ll be scoring a victory over Baez. It wouldn’t be that crazy to see Navarrete picking up a quick win on Saturday, continuing his dominance on the ring.
Emanuel Navarrete vs Eduardo Baez Fight Information
- Date: 08/20/2022
- Time: 11:00 PM ET
- Location: Pechanga Arena – San Diego, San Diego, CA
- How to Watch Navarrete vs Baez: ESPN
- Live Stream: sho.com
Navarrete vs Baez Betting Lines
Eduardo Baez is +650 according to our Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $650. On the other side, Emanuel Navarrete is –-1200 according to the Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $8.33.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Eduardo Baez at a 13.33% chance of winning the game, meanwhile, Emanuel Navarrete has 92.31% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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