WBO featherweight king – Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete has spoken highly of his next opponent Joet Gonzalez. The two-weight division champion will make be making his second defense of his featherweight title against Joet Gonzalez tomorrow at Pechanga Arena San Diego.

“I feel very strong. I’ve seen changes in my body for the best, and I think this division is the best for me,” said Navarrete who hopes to improve to 10-0 in world title fights.

“I think this is going to be a tough fight. He is a tough opponent. We are basically fighting in his hometown, closer to where he lives. Without a doubt, he’s a great fighter. He always comes forward. I expect a tough fight.”

“Moving up is not something that I’m considering now. I’m just focused on the fight with Joet. What I’ve heard is comments, but I’m not really thinking about moving up.”

Joet Gonzalez also spoke about his first title shot against Shakur Stevenson while praising Navarrete for his unique style but promised to come out victorious:

“Sometimes it’s just not your night. I work hard and train hard for every fight. I don’t take nobody lightly. It just simply wasn’t my night. I rebounded with a win over Marriaga, and I think I showed the public I’m here to fight the best out there.”

“It’s not an easy fight. It’s a tough fight. Navarrete has a style that’s very unique, very hard to figure out, and that’s why he’s a champion. I trained really hard, and I’m coming with everything. I’m planning on leaving Friday night with that belt.”

“It means everything. It’s my childhood dream. I always wanted to be a world champion. That’s why I started boxing in the beginning. That’s the plan, to bring that belt back home.”

By James K. Attaglo Wilson