Are We Close To Seeing Emanuel Navarrete Vs. Jessie Magdaleno?
In the end, Top Rank ended up being the lone competitor for a WBO Featherweight Title fight.
According to Boxing Scene, the promotion won a purse bid, worth $250,000, to secure a fight between Emanuel Navarrete and Jessie Magdaleno. The two would be fighting for the WBO Featherweight Title, which was previously owned by Shakur Stevenson. As far as a date is concerned, October 17 or 24 are both currently in play, with the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas as the prime location.
Navarrete (31-1) made his boxing debut in 2012. He won the WBO Junior-Featherweight Title from Isaac Dogboe in 2018 and beat him in a rematch to retain the title. He defended the title five times, with his last defense coming against Jeo Santisima back in February. The 25-year-old last fought in June, fighting Uriel Lopez to a no-contest. This was a result of the Mexico City Boxing Commission not sanctioning the bout.
As Stevenson ended his reign to move up in weight, Navarrete would end up relinquishing his title to focus his time within the featherweight division.
Magdaleno (28-1), who has offered his services to fight for the WBO title, last fought in June, facing Yenifel Vicente a few days after Stevenson’s return bout. Following repeated low blows, one which resulted in a late knockdown, Vicente ended up losing via DQ. It was Magdaleno’s third win in a row following a loss to Dogboe in 2018. He lost the WBO Junior-Featherweight Title to Dogboe after winning it in 2016.
According to the WBO’s rules regarding championship fights, a 60/40 split in profits would be favored towards the visiting boxer. Due to the fight taking place in Las Vegas, Magdanelo (from Vegas) could end up with $100,000 while Mexico’s Navarrete would make $150,000.
Initial plans had the fight taking place on either September 19 or 26. VP of Boxing Operations for Top Rank Carl Moretti would end up telling ESPN that Top Rank will be looking into the upcoming sports schedule for ESPN. This is due to several entities returning to action.
“We’re just waiting for clarification on what nights to put what fights,” said Moretti. “I just listed those dates for the WBO. We hope to have fights on those nights, or the night before. As you can tell, everything is moving around, and as soon as we know, we’ll implement the schedule.”