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  Joet Gonzalez & Isaac Dogboe
Set For Featherweight Firefight


Two of the world's fiercest featherweights are ready for a high-stakes battle. Two-time title challenger Joet Gonzalez (25-2, 15 KOs) will meet former junior featherweight world champion Isaac Dogboe (23-2, 15 KOs) in the 10-round main event Saturday at the Grand Casino Hinckley. Gonzalez will defend his WBO International strap, with the fight also serving as a WBC title eliminator.

In the 10-round lightweight co-feature, the king of Stockton, California, Gabriel Flores Jr. (21-1, 7 KOs) looks to author a career-defining win over unbeaten contender Giovanni Cabrera (20-0, 7 KOs).

The entire card will stream live on ESPN+ at 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT.

Undercard action includes the return of heavyweight prospect Guido Vianello (8-0-1, 8 KOs), featherweight prospect Haven Brady Jr. (6-0, 4 KOs), lightweight sensation Abdullah Mason (2-0, 2 KOs), and middleweight Javier Martinez (6-0, 2 KOs).

At Thursday's press conference, this is what the fighters had to say.

Joet Gonzalez

"ďThis fight has a little bit of everything. Thereís motivation. Thereís a little more pressure because the opportunity is there for a third world title shot. But I got to get the job done. Iíve got to get past Isaac Dogboe first and then go from there."

ďI took a lot from the Navarrete fight. You live and learn each and every day. From that fight, I think I showed most of the people what Iím about and what Iím willing to do to get my hand raised. Unfortunately, I didnít get my hand raised, but I was in that fight for all 12 rounds. If I was hurt, I wouldnít have fought the way I fought. For the most part, I made that fight exciting. But it is what it is, and now I canít wait to face Isaac Dogboe.Ē

ďYou can expect another exciting fight. Iím here to entertain the fans. Iíd fight whoever and whenever. Iíd fight all the top fighters. Expect another great fight from me.Ē

Isaac Dogboe

ďOne thing I believe is that without risk there is no reward. I love the challenge. Iím always willing to go in there with whoever is in front of me. Iím really looking forward to this fight. I know that Joet is going to bring it. Iím really looking forward to what heís going to bring.Ē

ďCamp has been great [with Barry Hunter]. Thatís one of the best places that one can find themselves, especially after going through everything I have gone through. Heís always been there. The entire team as well, not just him.Ē

ďWe push each other. There are times where I should be learning how to box, but then Isaac Dogboe just ends up being Isaac Dogboe and just comes out with all guns blazing because he wants to let off steam. But itís been a gradual process. Iím really thankful for my team.Ē

Gabriel Flores Jr.

ďMy last fights taught me that I can go through anything. When it comes to fire, Iíll run to the fire, just to get out of it and come out on top. I ainít worried about that. When a problem comes my way, I go towards the problem."

ďBut Iím healthy now. That was me at 130. I wanted to stay at 130 and win a title there. But my body couldnít do it, and I was just forcing my body. But you live and you learn. It was a mistake I learned from, and now Iím at 135. Iím fighting at 136 for this one, and I feel great. I feel healthy.Ē

ďIím going to make a statement. Thatís for sure. My statement is show that 135 is my weight class now. Thatís what Iím going out to prove. I didnít come here to win a title; I came to take it all.Ē

Giovanni Cabrera


ďThis is the opportunity for me to establish myself as the type of fighter that Iíve always wanted to be and that Iíve proven to be in the past. Now itís just time for everyone to recognize it. Iíve defeated a lot of undefeated fighters in my career. To me, Gabriel Flores is the biggest one to date.Ē

ďIíve prepared for all possibilities. If he comes to fight, Iím ready to fight. If itís a chess match, Iím ready for a chess match. Itís going to be a great fight for everybody. Our styles are unique, and itís a great matchup. I have a game plan. I have one of the best corners in the world with Freddie Roach and Pepe Reilly. Iím ready. Iíve had one of the best training camps of my career, and Iím excited.Ē

Haven Brady Jr.


ďI feel good. I feel better and better every time I get into the ring. I canít wait to get back in there and show more skills. I feel more comfortable with every fight. I bring more out of my arsenal with every fight. Saturday night youíll see more of Haven Brady Jr.Ē

ďI love the stage. I love the process. I feel that if you donít love the process, you wonít make it to where you want to be. You got to love the training, the press conferences like these, getting in the ring, the lights, the camera and the action. I love that.Ē

Saturday July 23
ESPN+ (6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT)

Joet Gonzalez vs. Isaac Dogboe, 10 rounds, Gonzalez's WBO International Featherweight Title & WBC Title Eliminator

Gabriel Flores Jr. vs. Giovanni Cabrera 10 rounds, lightweight

Javier Martinez vs. Pachino Hill, 6 rounds, middleweight

Guido Vianello vs. Rafael Rios, 8 rounds, heavyweight

Haven Brady Jr. vs. Aaron Echeveste, 6 rounds, featherweight

Colton Warner vs. Jimmy Barnes, 4 rounds, heavyweight

Abdullah Mason vs. Luis Fernandez, 4 rounds, lightweight

Antonio Mireles vs. Dennys Reyes, 4 rounds, heavyweight

Dante Benjamin Jr. vs. Corey Thompson, 4 rounds, light heavyweight

Antonio Woods vs. Darryl Jones, 6 rounds, middleweight

OFF TV (6:25 p.m. ET/3:25 p.m. PT)

Cayman Audie vs. Anthony Garrett, 4 rounds, heavyweight



 

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