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Navarrete in prime condition for world title defence

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Emanuel Navarrete (L) vs Joet Gonzalez, live on Sky Sports from 4am Saturday morning Emanuel Navarrete (L) vs Joet Gonzalez, live on Sky Sports from 4am Saturday morning

Emanuel Navarrete and Joet Gonzalez were in peak condition before a tense stare-down at the weigh-in ahead of their world championship encounter.

Navarrete's WBO featherweight title is up for grabs in San Diego, live on Sky Sports Arena, from 4am on Saturday morning.

"I feel very strong," said Mexico's Navarrete, who has won 34 of his 35 fights.

"I've seen changes in my body for the best, and I think this division is the best for me.

"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 [in weight] 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."

California's Gonzalez, who has won 24 of 25, reflected on his unsuccessful world title challenge against Shakur Stevenson: "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 Miguel 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 with that belt.

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"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."

Sky Sports Boxing schedule

October 16 - Top Rank in San DiegoEmanuel Navarrete vs Joet Gonzalez - WBO featherweight title

October 16 - BOXXER in NewcastleSavannah Marshall vs Lolita Muzeya - WBO middleweight titleHughie Fury vs Christian HammerChris Eubank Jr vs Wanik Awdijan

October 24 - Top Rank in AtlantaJamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson - WBO super-featherweight title

October 31 - Top Rank in New YorkJose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas

November 6 - Top Rank in Las VegasMikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche - IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles

November 6 - BOXXER in Liverpool

November 20 - BOXXER in LondonRichard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju DurodolaCaroline Dubois professional debut

November 20 - Top Rank in Las VegasTerence Crawford vs Shawn Porter - WBO welterweight title

December 11 - Top Rank in Las VegasVasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey

December 17 - Top Rank in MontrealArtur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne - IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles

December 18 - Top Rank in GlasgowJosh Taylor vs Jack Catterall - undisputed super-lightweight title

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