WBO World Champion Emanuel Navarrete Aims To Be First to Knock Santisima Out
Emanuel Navarrete held an open workout on Wednesday, as part of the strong stage of his preparation with a view to what will be his fifth defense of the WBO super bantamweight world championship, on February 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Navarrete (30-1-0, 26 KO’s) will face Filipino Jeo Santisima (19-2-0, 16 KO’s) in power-to-power combat, which will be part of the undercard to the heavyweight match between WBC world champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Tyson Fury.
Three days after closing his most demanding stage of work, Navarrete showed up at the Zona Norte gymnasium in Tijuana and demonstrated what has always characterized him – his dedication to training , the physical capacity he has to assimilate and develop workloads, and the impressive way that his body responds to the routines of speed, power and explosive work, and always having the immediate ability to recover.
“I am more than ready for my fifth defense. I always prepare 100% and go out for the knockout. I know that the Filipino has never been knocked out, so then I will be the first,” said the charismatic world champion.
“I’m very happy to fight again in Las Vegas and on a card that will get the world’s attention with the rematch between Wilder against Fury. We will arrive with great preparation, in great rhythm and give everything inside the ring. The championship will return to Mexico.”
Navarrete said he was a little disappointed that he could not unify at super bantamweight so he may soon gain weight. He does not expect an easy fight in the upcoming defense.
“The Filipino rival, Jeo Santisima, is very strong, very tough, hits hard and durable, but we will impose the conditions because if we let him take the initiative, it can cost us dearly. We are motivated and confident, and backed by a great preparation,” Navarrete said.