Tonight at 10 pm ET on ESPN from Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Emanuel Navarrete returns to defend his WBO super bantamweight title in the main event against Francisco De Vaca, with Jessie Magdaleno taking on Rafael Rivera in a featherweight co-feature.
Event: Navarrete vs De Vaca
Location: Banc of California Stadium
Date: August 17, 2019
Ring walk: 4:00 am (Sunday, UK time)
Wil Esco will be here on the round by round call for the main card.
Navarrete is coming in hot with back-to-back wins over Isaac Dogboe in December and May. De Vaca is a bit of an unknown, a 24-year-old fighting out of Phoenix who has never been near the world level.
Magdaleno picked up a win over Rico Ramos in March and now looks to make it two straight against Rivera, who was predictably outclassed in a world title fight against Leo Santa Cruz on Feb. 16 before winning a tune-up bout in May.
There will also be prelim action streaming live on ESPN+ at 6:30 pm ET.
Here’s the full lineup:
Prelims (ESPN+, 6:30 pm ET)
- Arnold Barboza Jr (21-0, 8 KO) vs Ricky Sismundo (35-14-3, 17 KO), junior welterweights, 10 rounds
- Janibek Alimkhanuly (6-0, 2 KO) vs Stuart McLellan (27-3-3, 11 KO), middleweights, 10 rounds
- Chris van Heerden (27-2-1, 12 KO) vs Aslanbek Kozaev (33-2-1, 8 KO), welterweights, 10 rounds
- Javier Molina (19-2, 8 KO) vs Manuel Mendez (16-5-3, 11 KO), junior welterweights, 8 rounds
- Dmitry Yun (1-0, 0 KO) vs Javier Martinez (4-6, 3 KO), lightweights, 6 rounds
- Swing: Elvis Rodriguez (2-0-1, 2 KO) vs Jesus Gonzales (6-2, 2 KO), junior welterweights, 6 rounds
- Swing: Brian Mendoza (17-0, 12 KO) vs Rosemberg Gomez (20-7-1, 16 KO), welterweights, 6 or 8 rounds
Main Card (ESPN, 10:00 pm ET)
- Emanuel Navarrete (27-1, 23 KO) vs Francisco De Vaca (20-0, 6 KO), super bantamweights, 12 rounds
- Jessie Magdaleno (26-1, 18 KO) vs Rafael Rivera (27-3-2, 18 KO), featherweights, 10 rounds