City of La Quinta:
The WBO featherweight title is on the line on Saturday, April 24th in Kissimmee, Florida as Emanuel Navarrete makes his first title defense. He will face Christopher Diaz on ESPN, with the main card starting at 10 p.m. ET. Ring walks for the main event will get going at approximately 11:30 p.m., but that will depend on how long the other fights take.
How to Watch Navarrete vs Diaz
Date: Saturday, April 24 | Start Time: 10:00 pm ET (6 pm ET Undercard)
Location: Silver Spurs Arena – Kissimmee, FL
Streaming: ESPN+ | TV: ESPN (Main Card)
Online Coverage: goxtv.co/boxing-live
Navarette enters the fight with a 32-1 record and the newly crowned featherweight champ. He beat Ruben Villa in October 2020 to claim the vacant WBO title. He’s currently the sixth ranked featherweight at The Ring Magazine.
Diaz enters the fight with a a 26-2 record and is coming off back-to-back unanimous decision wins in 2020 over Jason Sanchez and Adeilson Dos Santos. Prior to that he lost a unanimous decision to Shakur Stevenson. He is 3-2 in title fights during his career and ranked sixth by the WBO.
This fight will air on ESPN. If you’re looking to live stream the fight, you can do so via WatchESPN or the ESPN app. But keep in mind — you’ll need a cable subscription to log in. If you don’t have a cable log in, you can also watch with a subscription to ESPN+. You can subscribe to ESPN+ on the ESPN website, where you can get a monthly subscription for $5.99, or get the ESPN/Disney/Hulu bundle for $13.99 per month.
Emanuel Navarrete is the favorite to win this title fight, with moneyline odds at -1000 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Christopher Diaz’s odds to win the fight are at +525. We’re still awaiting the slate of prop bets for this fight, including whether or not it will go the distance.
Emanuel Navarrete is, in some ways, a throwback to fighters of a bygone era. Unlike most fighters at the world title level, Navarette is very active, fighting 11 times since 2018. Despite that activity, Navarette will be in action for the first time since October when he steps into the ring against former title challenger Christopher Diaz on Saturday night from Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida (10 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Navarrete (32-1, 27 KO) won his first world championship in December 2018, defeating Isaac Dogboe to win the WBO super bantamweight championship. He would defend the title successfully against Dogboe the following year in the first of four 2019 title defenses. One more title defense would follow to start 2020 before Navarrete made the move up in weight to featherweight, capturing the then-vacant WBO title in a decision win over Ruben Villa.
The biggest knock on Navarrete during his run as champion has been that, despite the admirable activity levels, he has fought opposition that is a step below top-tier in almost every title defense. The wins over Dogboe and Villa were solid, but there’s not a lot of depth on Navarrete’s resume beyond those victories. Add to that a win over Villa that Navarrete almost gave away down the stretch, with two knockdowns for Navarrete serving as the difference in the fight.
Diaz (26-2, 16 KO) fought Masayuki Ito for the WBO super featherweight in 2018, losing a unanimous decision in a fight where he showed plenty of heart but was largely outgunned from the jump. The loss somewhat cemented Diaz’s place in the sport as a capable fighter near the top of boxing’s “second tier.” With that perspective, Diaz was then placed in the role of “opponent” to the rising Shakur Stevenson, giving Stevenson a solid 10 rounds of experience while losing a wide decision.
After a pair of wins over lower-tier opposition, Diaz now gets another chance at becoming world champion, though it’s a big ask for him to take the title from Navarrete.
The ESPN+ undercards feature a lot of good prospects in action, with a particularly matchup between Joseph Adorno and Jamaine Ortiz, two unbeaten lightweights.
We’ll be here for all the fights. Join us this evening!
Undercard (ESPN+, 6:00 pm ET)
Josue Vargas (18-1, 9 KO) vs Willie Shaw (13-2, 9 KO), junior welterweights, 10 rounds
Orlando Gonzalez (16-0, 10 KO) vs Juan Antonio Lopez (15-8, 6 KO), featherweights, 8 rounds
Joseph Adorno (14-0-1, 12 KO) vs Jamaine Ortiz (14-0, 8 KO), lightweights, 8 rounds
Xander Zayas (7-0, 5 KO) vs Demarcus Layton (8-1-1, 5 KO), welterweights, 6 rounds
Jeremy Adonrno (4-0, 1 KO) vs Ramiro Martinez (2-0-2, 1 KO), junior featherweights, 4 rounds
Jaycob Gomez (1-0, 1 KO) vs Mobley Villegas (3-1, 2 KO), junior lightweights, 4 rounds
Main Card (ESPN+ and ESPN, 10:00 pm ET)
Emanuel Navarrete (32-1, 27 KO) vs Christopher Diaz (26-2, 16 KO), featherweights, 12 rounds, for Navarrete’s WBO title
Edgar Berlanga (16-0, 16 KO) vs Demond Nicholson (23-3-1, 20 KO), super middleweights, 10 rounds
Diaz is a capable fighter at anywhere but the world title level. He still has some meaningful skills, with a good jab and the ability to counter well. Those skills are offset somewhat by the fact that Diaz is going to have to work in past eight inches of reach disadvantage. Navarrete is a boxing fan’s dream both in activity and fighting style, but he is not unbeatable. The Villa fight was a very close call with Navarrete not managing to get the finish after two early knockdowns allowed Villa to outwork him and make the fight close. Still, Navarrete beats guys on Diaz’s level. What he would do against the better fighters at 126 pounds? Let’s hope we find out one day.