Despite declaring himself to be friends with Zanfer stablemate Luis ”Pantera” Nery, WBA super bantamweight champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete says he’s noticed that Nery has trouble making bantamweight and has encouraged Nery to move up to challenge him.
“Don’t look for me. Call me on the phone and make the fight,” said Navarrete who has expressed a desire to leave the division with five defenses and if possible a title unification. “It depends on companies and interest. Unfortunately, the way I won the title has made many prefer to take another path.”
Navarrete (29-1, 25 KOs) appeared to be in great shape during a media workout at the high-altitude Centro Ceremonial Otomí in the state of México. He is training for his December 7 defense against Francisco Horta (20-3, 10 KOs) at the Auditorio GNP Seguros in Puebla, Mexico.
“Horta wants to rip my head off just like I did when I wanted to be a champion, so I came all the way up here to get ready to get my fourth knockout as a champion. The knockout is the the signature of the ‘Vaquero’”