By Jon Uddin✏
WBO Super-Bantamweight Champion 🇲🇽Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (30-1-0, 26KO) defends his world title Saturday night for the first time in 2020. Navarrete will take on 🇵🇭Jeo “Santino” Santisima (19-2-0, 16KO) on the undercard to the Heavyweight rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This marks the fifth overall defense of the title for the 25 year old from Mexico, which includes a 12th round stoppage in his rematch with Isaac Dogboe, the man he won the title from in 2018. That first defense kicked off a busy 2019 campaign that saw him mow down three more opponents before the year ended.
Overall, the competition Navarrete has faced after Dogboe has been less than stellar, but he has stayed active, the longest break between fights being the 98 days after the rematch when he knocked out Francisco De Vaca in three rounds in August. That was followed 45 days later by a fourth round stoppage over Juan Miguel Elorde in September, and a fourth round knockout of Francisco Horta just six days short of three months out of the ring.
On Saturday, it will be 77 days since Navarrete’s last outing and will still be less than a year from his second fight with Dogboe. At this point yes, you want to see Navarrete face off with the other elites of the division, but you probably appreciate the approach of fighting to fill the lulls in between as opposed to being out of sight out of mind.
In Jeo Santisima, Navarrete will be facing the #5 Super-Bantamweight in the WBO rankings. Santisima is on a 17 fight win streak after losing two of his first bouts including his pro debut. This will not only be his first shot at a world title, but it marks the Filipino’s first fight in the U.S. in his eight year career. The 23 year old brings a good left hook and ability to work the body, but will be in for a tremendous challenge against Navarrete’s advantage in reach, work rate and awkward punching angles, along with the most intense atmosphere he has ever fought in.
Navarrete is a big time betting favorite at (-4000) while Santisima comes in at (+1000).
Saturday, February 22, 2020
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
WBO Super-Bantamweight Title
ESPN+ PPV, FOX PPV 9pm ET/10pm PT