Emanuel Navarrete vs. Oscar Valdez: Fight card, start time, price and live streams

Emanuel Navarrete and Oscar Valdez are throwing down on Saturday night in a fight boxing-heads have circled as potential bout of the year.

By: Tim Bissell | 4 months ago
Emanuel Navarrete vs. Oscar Valdez official poster


Emanuel Navarrete vs. Oscar Valdez is expected to be an absolute barn-burner. The two exciting Mexican fighters will be meeting in Arizona to compete for Navarrete’s WBO junior lightweight title. The 37-1 Navarrete, aka ‘Vaquero’, hasn’t lost since he was 5-0 back in 2012. Since then he’s looked unbeatable, winning the WBO junior featherweight title with a win over Isaac Dogboe in 2018 by decision and then TKO’ing him in the rematch. He defended that title five times in all before moving onto the WBO featherweight belt, which he won in 2020.

He defended that belt three times before moving up in weight again to fight for the WBO junior featherweight title in his last bout. That last bout was a ninth round TKO win over Liam Wilson.

Valdez comes into this with a 31-1 record, coming off a unanimous decision win over Adam Lopez in May. That win came after the first loss in Valdez’s career, a unanimous decision loss to Shakur Stevenson which cost Valdez his WBC super featherweight title. Valdez won that belt off Miguel Berchett in 2021 and had defended it once (versus Robson Conceicao).

Emanuel Navarrete vs. Oscar Valdez Fight card

Start time and date

Navarrete vs. Valdez is due to go down on Saturday, August 12, 2023. The main card is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET and the main event ringwalks are expected to happen at around 11 p.m. ET.


You can purchase tickets for this event, which takes place at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, here.

Live streams

This event will be shown on ESPN+.

A monthly subscription to ESPN+ costs $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year. ESPN+ can also be included in The Disney Bundle with Hulu. The ad-supported version of that package is $13.99. The no-ads version is $19.99.

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Tim Bissell
Tim Bissell

Tim Bissell is a writer, editor and deputy site manager for Bloody Elbow. He has covered combat sports since 2015. Tim covers news and events and has also written longform and investigative pieces. Among Tim's specialties are the intersections between crime and combat sports. Tim has also covered head trauma, concussions and CTE in great detail.

Tim is also BE's lead (only) sumo reporter. He blogs about that sport here and on his own substack, Sumo Stomp!

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