March 28, 2020

Navarrete 122, Santisima 122 for WBO Belt in Supporting Bout of Wilder vs Fury Rematch

By Carlos Costa

Mexican WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Emanuel Navarrete (30-1, 26 KO’s) and Filipino challenger Jeo “Santino” Santisima (19-2, 16 KO’s) weighed-in at identical 122 pounds ahead of their 12-rounder world-title battle today Saturday, February 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (Sunday morning in the Philippines).

Both men looked strong and in perfect shape for the important world-title clash, which might not make the distance.

They are ready

The exciting Navarrete vs Santisima clash is the main supporting bout for the Top Rank/TGB blockbuster card headlined by the year’s rematch of big unbeaten warriors Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO’s) and Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO’s) for the WBC Heavyweight World Title; and the stage for Navarrete and Santino could not be hotter than this.

Betting odds in Las Vegas are in favor on the more-known Mexican nicknamed “Vaquero” (Cowboy), however real hardcore boxing fans are acquainted with the speed, skills and damaging capabilities of the laser-focused “Santino” who lives and trains in the Philippine’s Queen City of the South, Cebu.

Santisima Flexes Muscles During Weigh-in in Las Vegas. ALA Coach “Bruce Lee” Michael Domingo stands nearby with bottle of Water. Promoter Bob Arum checking weight


The exciting event will aired live worldwide on ESPN+.  In the USA on FOX PPV.  In Mexico on TV Azteca 7 La Casa del Boxeo.  In Panama on RPC Canal 4 Lo Mejor del Boxeo. 

In the Philippines, fans can enjoy the show commercial-free on Sky Cable PPV tomorrow Sunday, February 23, at 9 AM for 299 pesos. 

The Mexican World Champion Emanuel Navarrete on the scales

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The author Carlos Costa of Panama is a veteran boxing reporter living in the Philippines.   Carlos can be reached at carlos512@hotmail.com and whatsapp +639184538152.