Update On Emanuel Navarrete Vs. Jessie Magdaleno
It appears that Jessie Magdaleno will have to wait for his dream of fighting for the WBO Featherweight Title to come true.
After rumors of a fight between Jessie Magdaleno and Emanuel Navarrete was gaining traction, with Top Rank even winning the purse bid for it, Magdaleno appears to have become noncommittal on the bout. Boxing Scene was the first to report that Magdaleno and his team have not held up their end when it comes to working on a bout taking place.
“WBO Participant Jessie Magdaleno was granted a final 24-hour term upon notice of the “Resolution” to confirm in writing whether he will fight against WBO Participant Emanuel Navarrete for the Vacant WBO Featherweight Championship as ordered,” said WBO Championship Committee Chairman Luis Batista-Salas. “Lastly, Magdaleno was advised that failure to comply with the time frame established therein would be understood as if he would not participate and fight Navarrete and waiving any and rights therein.”
The WBO title has been vacant ever since Shakur Stevenson vacated the 126-pound title.
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 Isaac Dogboe in 2018. He lost the WBO Junior-Featherweight Title to Dogboe after winning it in 2016.
It appears that Top Rank sent Magdaleno a contract that featured compensation that would have made sense with the bid. Magdaleno never responded, forcing the WBO’s hand. The next in line after Magdaleno would be Ruben Villa.
Villa (18-0), turned professional in 2016. The 23-year-old is in the top ten when it comes to featherweights and fought four times in 2019. He won the WBO International Featherweight Title and has defended it twice. The last time Villa fought was in December, beating Alexei Collado via unanimous decision.
As far as Navarrete is concerned, he is still set to compete for the title. Navarrete (31-1) made his boxing debut in 2012. He won the WBO Junior-Featherweight Title from Dogboe in 2018 and beat him in a rematch to retain the title. Navarrete 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.
“This is a final decision of the WBO Championship Committee,” Batista-Salas went on to say. “The affected WBO participant may appeal such determination to the Complaint and Grievance Committee as per Rule 34, which as per Rule 3(e) of the WBO Appeals Regulation, must be submitted in writing to the WBO President within fourteen (14) days of this decision as to its sole and exclusive remedy.”
If Villa and Navararrete can’t come to an agreement once the WBO accepts the fight, a purse bid hearing will be ordered.