Punching in Puebla: Navarrete-Horta and Ancajas-Gonzalez World Championship Doubleheader LIVE on ESPN+ December 7

Live on ESPN+ beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

PUEBLA, Mexico — Boxing’s busiest world champion, WBO junior featherweight kingEmanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete, will make his fourth world title defense in less than seven months against Francisco “Panchito” Horta Saturday, Dec. 7at Auditorio GNP Seguros in Puebla, Mexico.

Navarrete, from Mexico City, will fight in his home country for the first time since before he won the world title from Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden last December.

In the co-feature, Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas will make the eighth defense of his IBF junior bantamweight world title against Chilean veteran Miguel “Aguja” Gonzalez. The opening bout will showcase three-time world title challenger Miguel Marriagaagainst Alfredo Mejia Vargas in an eight-round featherweight bout.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Navarrete-Horta, Ancajas-Gonzalez and Marriaga-Vargas will stream live on ESPN+, the leading multi-sport streaming service, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

“Emanuel Navarrete is one of Mexico’s great young champions, and he’s only getting started,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “At 24 years of age, he is wise beyond his years and hungry to challenge himself against the very best. He’ll have defended his belt four times in 2019, and 2020 is shaping up to be another spectacular year for ‘Vaquero.’”

“I am very excited to close the year by defending my world title in my beloved Mexico,” Navarrete said. “This will be another dream that will be fulfilled, and I assure you another exciting fight. I always go for the knockout. I think it is best to win by knockout, and on Dec.7, the fans in Puebla will see another action-packed fight from ‘El Vaquero.’”

On Dec. 7, the fans will get to know who I am. This will be guaranteed war because we are both Mexican warriors,” Horta said. “This is a golden opportunity. Definitely a dream that will come true sooner than expected. I will dispute the world title against the best 122-pounder in the world, Emanuel Navarrete. I will win the title at any cost.”

Navarrete (29-1, 25 KOs) made his United States debut last December against Dogboe, but in 2019, he has crisscrossed the western part of the country knocking out top opposition. He repeated the deed in May against Dogboe in Tucson, Ariz., scoring a 12th-round stoppage. In August, headlining the inaugural fight card at Banc of California Stadium in Log Angeles, he stopped the then-unbeaten Francisco De Vaca in three scintillating rounds. Four weeks later, he returned on the Tyson Fury-Otto Wallin card in Las Vegas and knocked out Filipino contender Juan Miguel Elorde in four. The upset-minded Horta (20-3-1, 10 KOs), from Campeche, Mexico, is unbeaten in 13 fights dating back to 2014.

Ancajas (31-1-2, 21 KOs), one of boxing’s longest-reigning world champions, was scheduled to fight Jonathan Rodriguez Nov. 2 in Carson, Calif., but Rodriguez had to withdraw on Thursday of fight week due to visa issues. Ancajas, the Filipino star who won his world title in September 2016, remained in America to prepare for Gonzalez. Ancajas last fought May 4 in Stockton, Calif., knocking out Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai in six rounds. This will be Ancajas’ first professional bout in Mexico. Gonzalez (31-2, 8 KOs), from Santiago, Chile, has fought only once outside of his home country. He has won two in a row since dropping a WBA world title eliminator earlier this year to Australian standout Andrew Moloney. 

“I am ready to defend my world title in front of the great Mexican fans,” Ancajas said. “Since my fight against Rodriguez was canceled, I’ve stayed in America to train, and I am in fantastic shape. Gonzalez is a worthy challenger and has beaten good opposition to earn this title shot.”
 
“This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for,” Gonzalez said. “Ancajas is a great champion, but this is my time.”
 
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Herring Retains Title with Victory over Roach,Jr.

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Jamel Herring Retains Title

Herring decisions Lamont Roach Jr. to retain WBO junior lightweight title.

FRESNO, Calif. – Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, retained his WBO junior lightweight world title with a Veterans Day Weekend unanimous decision (115-113 and 117-111 2X) win over top contender Lamont Roach Jr. in front of 7,412 fans at Chukchansi Park.

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Jamel Herring Set for Ballpark Title Defense Against Lamont Roach Jr.

Herring to defend WBO junior lightweight title LIVE on ESPN+ Saturday evening (10 p.m. ET) from Fresno, Calif.

No. 1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev to put ranking on the line against Rydell Booker

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Flores Coast To a Decision over Mesquito

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Gabriel Flores Jr. (16-0, 6 KOs), the 19-year-old sensation from Stockton, Calf., dominated Aelio Mesquita (19-5, 17 KOs) over the eight-round distance, winning by identical scores of 80-72 in a lightweight bout.

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Jamel Herring Retains Title

Herring decisions Lamont Roach Jr. to retain WBO junior lightweight title.

FRESNO, Calif. – Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, retained his WBO junior lightweight world title with a Veterans Day Weekend unanimous decision (115-113 and 117-111 2X) win over top contender Lamont Roach Jr. in front of 7,412 fans at Chukchansi Park.

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Jamel Herring Set for Ballpark Title Defense Against Lamont Roach Jr.

Herring to defend WBO junior lightweight title LIVE on ESPN+ Saturday evening (10 p.m. ET) from Fresno, Calif.

No. 1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev to put ranking on the line against Rydell Booker

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Pulev Too Much For Booker

Pulev Decisons Booker

IBF No. 1 heavyweight contender Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) had his way against Detroit-based veteran Rydell Booker (26-3, 13 KOs), winning a clear unanimous decision (99-91 and 98-92 2X) in the co-feature. Pulev, who challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the unified heavyweight title in November 2014, moved one step closer to potentially challenging the winner of the upcoming Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua rematch.

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Jamel Herring Set for Ballpark Title Defense Against Lamont Roach Jr.

Herring to defend WBO junior lightweight title LIVE on ESPN+ Saturday evening (10 p.m. ET) from Fresno, Calif.

No. 1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev to put ranking on the line against Rydell Booker

Photo credits: Mikey Williams @toprank

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Janibek Alimkhanuky Rising Stock in Victory over Onolunose

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Janibek Alimkhanuky (8-0, 4 KO’s) from Almaty, Kazakhstan punishes Albert Onolunose (24-3-1, 8 KO’s) from Calgary, Canada finishing him off by six round TKO Vic for the @wbcboxing Continental Americas and the @worldboxingorg Global Middleweight Titles.

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Jamel Herring Set for Ballpark Title Defense Against Lamont Roach Jr.

Herring to defend WBO junior lightweight title LIVE on ESPN+ Saturday evening (10 p.m. ET) from Fresno, Calif.

No. 1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev to put ranking on the line against Rydell Booker

Photo credits: Mikey Williams @toprank

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Ramirez Breaks Down Ibarra in Six

Cuban featherweight Robeisy Ramirez (1-1, 1 KO) from Cienfuegos, Cuba waisted no time exchanging punches with Fernando Ibarra (2-2) from Fairfield, CA. breaking him down ending his night at the official time of 1:37 seconds of round six by TKO victory for the young phenom Ramirez.

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Jamel Herring Set for Ballpark Title Defense Against Lamont Roach Jr.

Herring to defend WBO junior lightweight title LIVE on ESPN+ Saturday evening (10 p.m. ET) from Fresno, Calif.

No. 1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev to put ranking on the line against Rydell Booker

Photo credits: Mikey Williams @toprank

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Falcao Stops Woods In Three

FALCAO STOPS WOODS IN THREE

Middleweight Esquiva Falcao from Viloria, Brazil goes to (25-0, 17 KO’s) breaking down Manny Woods (16-9-1, 6 KO’s) from St. Petersburg, Florida hitting him with heavy punches ending his night at the official time 2:18 seconds of round three by TKO victory.

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Jamel Herring Set for Ballpark Title Defense Against Lamont Roach Jr.

Herring to defend WBO junior lightweight title LIVE on ESPN+ Saturday evening (10 p.m. ET) from Fresno, Calif.

No. 1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev to put ranking on the line against Rydell Booker

Photo credits: Mikey Williams @toprank

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Photo credits: Mikey Williams/TopRank

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