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.
"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
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
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
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
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,
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
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