• Emanuel Navarrete vs Joet Gonzalez goes Friday, October 15th at 8:30 PM EST
  • Who will emerge from the ring as WBO world champion in the coming days?
  • Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions, below

Emanuel Navarrete vs Joet Gonzalez transpires at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California. This boxing bout broadcasts on ESPN+.

The WBO world featherweight championship is on the line. Navarrete defends against his mandatory contender Gonzalez.

This fight comes at an intriguing time with a hungry proven contender stepping up against a decorated champion who is even starting to think about possible accolades across three weight categories (at 130 pounds).

Navarrete vs Gonzalez Odds

Fighter Odds
Emanuel Navarrete -650
Joet Gonzalez +425

All odds as of October 12th

I do favor Navarrete for sure but I think the line for this bout is fairly dismissive of the quality skillset Gonzalez has.

Navarrete Boxing Odds and Betting Analysis

Emanuel Navarrete carries the distinction of having been a two-division world champion. The longtime super bantamweight champion moved up to ply his trade at 126 pounds and has so far experienced notable successes.

Navarrete has only suffered a single defeat across a 35 fight professional run.

This will not only be his sophomore prizefight of the calendar year but also his sophomore defense of this crown.

After garnering a TKO victory in the final round of that inaugural title defense in April against Christopher Diaz, Navarrete seems to be firing on all cylinders.

Emanuel Navarrete is unbeaten in title fights and is close to approaching double-digit figures in that regard.

Navarrete vs Gonzalez Recent Fights

Christopher Diaz, win via TKO Fight 1 Miguel Marriaga, win via UD
Ruben Villa, win via UD Fight 2 Shakur Stevenson, loss via UD
Uriel Lopez, win via TKO Fight 3 Manuel Avila, win via KO
Jeo Santisima, win via TKO Fight 4 Rodrigo Guerrero, win via KO

While some pundits and fans of the sweet science seemed to be looking at Navarrete for title unification bouts, this fight with Gonzalez still presents quite a few intriguing variables.

Joet Gonzalez and the Redemptive Title Bid

Joet Gonzalez has contended for gold before and comes in with a level of redemption in mind to his crack at the gold.

Gonzalez has only endured a single pro defeat (in a title bid against the hugely talented Shakur Stevenson) and has not fought in just over a year.

He returned to the win column and secured his top contender status by besting multi-time title challenger Miguel Marriaga.

The defending champion’s 85 percent finishing rate and two-inch reach advantage stand out especially considering Navarrete’s range-efficient style.

Gonzalez brings to the table a dogged determination and nuanced skills in terms of his infighting capabilities.

Emmanuel Navarrete vs Joet Gonzalez Tale of the Tape

34-1 Record 24-1
29 Knockouts 14
5’7 Height 5’6
72″ Reach 70″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox

In the end, I think pursuing props on this fight not going the distance and on Navarrete winning via KO or TKO present good value.

I feel like Navarrete’s stoppage approach in this higher weight category is more mindful of a volume-heavy, longer-term focus to dispatch adversaries.

To that point, I would favor a stoppage victory coming in the later frames of the contest. Sometime between rounds eight to ten.

  • Pick: Emanuel Navarrete (-650)
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