Tomorrow night’s world title rematch doubleheader for ESPN is set, as the fighters all made weight today in Tucson, Arizona.
The main event will see Miguel Berchelt (35-1, 31 KO) defend his WBC super featherweight title against the man he took the belt from in 2017, Francisco Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KO).
Both Berchelt and Vargas weighed in at the limit of 130 pounds. In their first meeting, Berchelt bloodied and stopped Vargas in the 11th round of a very entertaining fight.
The co-feature is also good to go, as WBO super bantamweight titleholder Emanuel Navarrete (26-1, 22 KO) looks to prove his December upset of Isaac Dogboe (20-1, 14 KO) was no fluke.
Navarrete came in at 121.6, with Dogboe at 121.4, both below the 122-pound limit. Dogboe was his usual vocal self, repeatedly barking “NeHo!” at his opponent, while Navarrete just smiled.
Navarette also wished his mom a Happy Mother’s Day while on the scale:
While the ESPN doubleheader begins at 10:00 pm ET, the prelim fights are set to start at 6:30 pm ET, streaming live on ESPN+, and there’s one fight of particular note.
2016 Olympic gold medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (7-0, 4 KO) of Uzbekistan will take a step up in his eighth pro fight, battling Mykal Fox (19-1, 5 KO) in a 10-round bout. Fox is coming off of a loss, but he gave another good prospect, Shohjahon Ergashev, a very competitive fight in that February outing.
Gaibnazarov weighed in at 141.8, with Fox at 142. If you’re wondering about the heights, no, Gaibnazarov is not a particularly short 140-pound fighter. He’s not tall, but he’s 5’6½”. It’s just that Fox is 6’3”.
If you want to catch Gaibnazarov-Fox, tune in right at 6:30 pm ET, as Top Rank generally puts the most significant prelim fight on first.
Other prelim weights:
- Carlos Castro 121 vs Mario Diaz 120.8
- Manny Guajardo 156.4 vs Jonathan Espino 156
- Miguel Parra 142 vs David Morales 140.2
- Carlos Velasquez 133.2 vs Demetrius Mora 132.6