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Emanuel Navarrete vs. Oscar Valdez fight prediction, undercard, odds, start time, preview, expert pick – CBS Sports

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Saturday could add another entry to an already lengthy list of Fight of the Year contenders when Emanuel Navarrete clashes with Oscar Valdez. The two will battle over Navarrete’s WBO super featherweight championship when they meet in Glendale, Arizona (10 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Navarrete and Valdez were originally scheduled to meet in February for the then-vacant title. Valdez suffered an injury and Liam Wilson stepped in to meet Navarrete, who was fresh to the division. Wilson forced Navarrete into a fierce battle, which Navarrete won by stoppage in the ninth round.
The title win marked the third division where Navarrete (37-1, 31 KO) has held a world championship, having also been champion at super bantamweight and bantamweight. His lone career loss came in just the sixth fight of his career and he has now rattled off 32 consecutive victories.
“I have said that the fight with Valdez was necessary for my career because of everything it represents. The rivalry between Mexicans is something essential,” Navarrete said at the final press conference. “It’s a good thing for the fight. But boxing fans have also put a lot of pressure on me, saying that my career was missing that cherry on top. They said that I needed an impressive and iconic fight where I exert much more of myself. The fight with Valdez is that kind of fight.”
Valdez (31-1, 23 KO) took a stay-busy fight in May, beating Adam Lopez by clear unanimous decision. That win kept Valdez in position to get the fight with Navarrete booked once again.
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Valdez has held gold at featherweight and super featherweight. In February 2021, he won the WBC super featherweight title with a knockout of Miguel Berchelt. After one successful title defense, Valdez suffered his first career defeat when he defended his title in a unification bout with then-WBO champion Shakur Stevenson.
“This fight means the world to me,” Valdez said. “The loss to Shakur Stevenson sparked something different in me. It woke something up. It made me realize how much I missed boxing and how much I love the sport. The year away from boxing made me miss it so much. I also miss being a world champion. So, it also means the world to me to have another opportunity to become a world champion again.”
The undercard will also feature the return of a coveted heavyweight prospect when Richard Torrez Jr. returns to face Willie Jake Jr. Torrez Jr., 24, is undefeated at 5-0 with five knockouts so far in his career after earning a silver medal at the 2020 Olympic Games. 
Let’s take a look at the rest of the fight card with the latest odds before getting to a prediction and expert pick on the main event.
Oscar Valdez -175
Emanuel Navarrete (c) +150
WBO super featherweight title
Lindolfo Delgado -1600
Jair Valtierra +9000
Super lightweight
Richard Torrez Jr. 
Willie Jake Jr.
Heavyweight
Stylistically, this has all the makings of a great action fight. Despite both men having impressive records, neither is a perfect fighter. Navarrete went through hell against Wilson, getting badly rocked at one point before managing to get the stoppage. Valdez has a powerful left hook and if he lands clean, he can hurt and even finish Navarrete.
Valdez is not a big fighter for 130 pounds and will have to deal with Navarrete’s reach and unorthodox style. It might be generous to say Valdez has not looked great in his most recent handful of fights. He needs to do everything he can to be more on point against a dangerous opponent like Navarrete. 
This feels like a 50/50 fight, with Navarrete needing to keep Valdez stuck on the outside and away from range where he can land that powerful left hook. Valdez needs to get inside Navarrete’s jab and force an inside fight. Navarrete sometimes forgets to use his length and instead chooses to mix it up more than he should and that might be what turns this fight. Pick: Oscar Valdez via TKO9
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What time is Floyd Mayweather vs. John Gotti III today? Schedule, main card start time for 2023 exhibition boxing fight – Sporting News

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Floyd Mayweather once again steps inside the ring to compete in an exhibition fight. This time, he faces someone with legit combat sports experience and a last name nobody will ever forget. Mayweather faces John Gotti III, the grandson of infamous gangster John Gotti, on June 11.
The fight is inside the FLA Live Arena in Florida and airs on the Zeus Network. 
Gotti turned pro in 2017. Winning five in a row to start his MMA career, Gotti lost his last fight in 2020 against Nick Alley. The 30-year-old has since competed in boxing bouts, winning two contests in the past eight months.
Calling this fight a “pinch-me moment,” Gotti has nothing but respect for Mayweather. However, he will not let his fandom get in the way of what he needs to do. 
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“I’ve been following him since I was eight years old,” Gotti said via Boxing Scene. “This was my idol. This was a guy I did school projects on. It was a guy I looked up to. The fact that I’m in a position to stand across the ring from Floyd is a tremendous honor. But make no mistake, June 11, I’m bringing bad intentions to that man. I don’t care if it’s an exhibition or not. You signed to fight me, there’s no quarter. It’s kill or be killed.”
This is the latest exhibition for Mayweather, who retired in 2017 at 50-0. In 2018 he teamed with RIZIN and beat young kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa via TKO. Mayweather fought Logan Paul and former training partner Don Moore in non-scored bouts. He beat Mikuru Asakura and YouTuber Deji in 2022 via TKO. In February, Mayweather went the distance against MMA fighter Aaron Chalmers.
Here is all you need to know regarding Mayweather vs. Gotti, from the time, channel, and card.
Mayweather vs. Gotti begins at 6:30 p.m ET | 3:30 p.m. PT. Ringwalks are scheduled for 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT, depending on how long the undercard fights last. 
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Floyd Mayweather vs. John Gotti III can be streamed on Zeus Network. 
Fans in the U.S. can pre-order the fight for $15.99. They can also sign up for the network at the annual rate of $59.99 per year. In the U.K., the pre-order price is about £13, $21 in Canada, and $23 in Australia. 
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Daniel Yanofsky is a combat sports editor at The Sporting News.

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Tyler Durden & Angel Face Got Together After Fight Club's Ending (Really) – Screen Rant

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Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club 2 comic brings back the character played by Jared Leto in the movie for an unexpected, but critical role.
Angel Face, played by Jared Leto in the Fight Club film adaptation, makes a surprise return in Chuck Palahniuk's comic book sequel to his original Fight Club novel – coming back with both revenge, and, oddly enough, love on his mind, following the vicious beating he received from the Narrator a decade earlier.
Fight Club 2 – by Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, Dave Stewart, and Nate Piekos of Blambot – features the son of the Narrator and Marla Singer being kidnapped, with a returning Tyler Durden being the prime suspect, compelling the Narrator to reintegrate himself into Fight Club. In the closing pages of the series' fourth issue, the permanently-scarred Angel Face reappears.
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In a brutal display that directly mirrors the original, Angel Face administers a brutal beating to the Narrator. He ends up knocking the Narrator into unconsciousness, which triggers Tyler Durden to awaken in his place at the start of Issue #5. Angel Face knows what's happened immediately, and subsequently is horrified as Tyler mercilessly returns the meeting. It is not until a few issues later, in Fight Club 2 #9, that it is revealed Tyler has been having an affair with Angel Face for quite some time. The Narrator discovers this only when he's awake, rather than Tyler, at a moment Angel Face kisses him.
As the Narrator's therapist says, on the same page as the reveal, ""a sociopath will sleep with anyone to gain her allegiance … or his." The re-emergence of Angel Face gives readers a glimpse of exactly how being a Fight Club member for so many years has worn on Angel Face's body. Aside from the distorted face the Narrator gave him ten years prior, he is littered with scabs, scars, and bruises from decades of sparring. It's clear that Angel Face has clung on completely to the ideas that Tyler put in his head years prior, whether it is because he's a true devotee, or he has nothing else.
Angel Face is depicted as not only unflinchingly loyal to Tyler Durden's ideals, but to the man himself. It remains ambiguous in the text whether Tyler returns Angel Face's feelings, or the extent to which he can feel at all. Angel Face is in love with Tyler – for Tyler, a physical relationship may just be a way to retain Angel Face's loyalty, to continue holding power over him. In this way, it is reminiscent of how the Narrator describes Tyler's relationship with Marla in the opening pages of the original book. "This is about property as in ownership. Without Marla, Tyler would have nothing."
Tyler's connection to Angel Face may not run as deep as with Marla in Fight Club, but Angel Face is still a useful vessel for him, one that someone as possessive as Tyler isn't willing to give up so easily. On the chance that Angel Face may have harbored these feelings in the original Fight Club, it also re-contextualizes their previous dynamic. It certainly offers a new explanation as to why Angel Face stays a follower of Project Mayhem/Fight Club for a decade after the Narrator beat him up. Most certainly, it further complicates Fight Club's iconic twisted love triangle of Marla, Tyler, and the Narrator.

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Joe Anthony Myrick (or JAM) is a comics writer who specializes in, of course, covering the big figureheads of the industry (Marvel and DC), as well as lesser-known indy parties and some personal favorites like BOOM! Studios. 

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