WBO featherweight world champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete, undefeated welterweight contender/San Diego native Giovani Santillan, and unbeaten middleweight prospect Nico Ali Walsh will be headlining ESPN’s televised tripleheader on August 20 at the Pechanga Arena.
Emanuel Navarrete, Giovani Santillan and Nico Ali Walsh to preview their skills and will conduct a media workout 12 days before they take center stage Saturday, Aug. 20, at Pechanga Arena San Diego.
Navarrete (35-1, 29 KOs) will defend his world title against his Mexican countryman, Eduardo Baez (21-2-2, 7 KOs). In the co-feature, Santillan (29-0, 17 KOs) risks his perfect against Julio Luna (19-0-2, 10 KOs).
Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali, opens the ESPN telecast in a rematch versus Reyes Sanchez (7-2, 3 KOs), the only man to take him the distance in his young career. Nearly 50 years ago, Ali fought at Pechanga Arena San Diego (then known as San Diego Sports Arena), suffering a broken jaw en route to a shocking decision defeat to Ken Norton.