Emanuel Navarrete vs. Oscar Valdez: Odds, How to Watch Junior Lightweight Title Bout

Gabriel Santiago
Gabriel Santiago@gps_onthemic
Emanuel Navarrete vs. Oscar Valdez: Odds, How to Watch Junior Lightweight Title Bout

Not only will we see Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius from London this Saturday (Aug. 12), but we will also have a title fight on domestic soil later that same day.

In the "Valley of the Sun," fellow Mexican countrymen Emanuel Navarrete (37-1, 31 KO) and Oscar Valdez (31-1, 23 KO) will clash for Navarrete's WBO junior lightweight title. The two will headline an eight-bout fight card from Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona -- the former home of the Arizona Coyotes.

With just two professional losses combined between these Mexican brawlers, there will be both hardware and serious El Tri pride on the line.

For all information on Navarrete-Valdez (betting odds, how to watch, fighter and full card details), read below:

Emanuel Navarrete vs. Oscar Valdez Fight Odds

All Navarrete-Valdez boxing odds via FanDuel Sportsbook.


  • Navarrete: +136
  • Valdez: -174

Will Fight Go the Distance?

  • Yes: -215
  • No: +164

Method Of Victory

  • Navarrete by Points or Decision: +270
  • Navarrete by KO/TKO: +500
  • Draw: +1600
  • Valdez by Points or Decision: +125
  • Valdez by KO/TKO: +420

Specific round betting for Navarrete-Valdez is also available at FanDuel Sportsbook.

How To Watch Navarrete vs. Valdez

ESPN is the official broadcaster for Navarrete-Valdez, making the event nationally televised. Additionally, ESPN+ will live-stream the fight online and via app with existing subscription.

The card is slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET with main event ringwalks for Navarrete and Valdez scheduled tentatively for 11 p.m. ET. That means you'll have approximately five hours between Joshua-Helenius and Navarrete-Valdez.

Hey, two separate main events in a single day is actually a good problem to have.

Fighter History

Emanuel Navarrete

Entering this weekend's bout not having suffered a professional loss since 2012, Emanuel "Vaquero" Navarrete arrives to Arizona on a 32-fight winning streak. The San Juan Zitlaltepec native has been overwhelming for opposing fighters in that span, yielding a dominant 81.6% KO-rate.

In Navarrete's most recent work, he showed resilience after being knocked down early (in round four) by Liam Wilson of Australia. Navarrete beat the count easily and proceeded to cruise through the middle rounds before sending a staggering straight-right hand to Wilson's jaw in the ninth. Wilson got up off the canvas but was unable to finish the round, giving Navarrete a thrilling TKO finish to earn the WBO junior lightweight strap.

Against Valdez, Navarrete will be the younger (28 years), taller (5-foot-7) and more experienced fighter (38 professional bouts). Still, it is Valdez who currently shows as a slight favorite on the moneyline (-174 odds) at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Oscar Valdez

Hailing from Nogales, Sonora, Valdez will be fighting much closer to home this weekend as opposed to Navarrete. Of course, Valdez will need more than the crowd advantage to take down Vaquero.

In his most recent ring appearance, Valdez made easy work of Adam Lopez in Las Vegas just three months ago. For Valdez's penultimate match, he was tacked with his lone professional loss (via UD at the hands of Shakur Stevenson), surrendering his WBC super-featherweight title in the process.

Like Navarrete, Valdez is an aggressive exchanger in the squared circle, offering punches at a high-volume. Additionally, Valdez loves to impose with power combinations; three of his past five victories have come in TKO fashion. When he steps in the ring with Navarrete this Saturday, prepare for it to be an active brawl.

Valdez is 32 years old and stands at a height of 5-foot-5½. He will also be dealing with a reach disadvantage against Navarrete; Valdez' has a standing reach of 66 inches compared to his opponent's 72 inches.

Full Card

  • Main Event: Emanuel Navarrete vs. Oscar Valdez
    • WBO junior lightweight title bout

  • Raymond Muratalla vs. Diego Torres Nunez
    • Lightweight bout
  • Richard Torrez Jr. vs. Willie Jake Jr.
    • Heavyweight bout
  • Lindolfo Delgado vs. Jair Valtierra
    • Junior welterweight bout
  • Emiliano Vargas vs. Jorge Marquez Alvarado
    • Lightweight bout
  • Sergio Rodriguez vs. Eduardo Ayala
    • Super middleweight bout
  • Ricardo Ruvalcaba vs. Adam Kipenga
    • Junior welterweight bout
  • Antonio Mierles vs. Dajuan Calloway
    • Heavyweight bout

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