Emanuel Navarrete caused one of the biggest upsets in boxing last year when he tore the WBO Super-Bantamweight Title from Isaac Dogboe in a shock points success.
Did the win signal the new arrival of a future star or did Dogboe take him lightly in what was supposedly a routine defence? The only way to find out was a rematch, and the pair clash in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday night, live on BoxNation.
We take a look at the man who has put the division on notice with eight random facts about Emanuel Navarrete:
1) Navarrete reportedly had 115 amateur fights, with a record of 108-7 before turning professional on February 2012, a month after his 17th birthday.
2) He is nicknamed ‘Vaquero', which translated means Cowboy.
3) His only defeat came against Daniel Argueta in the Cinturón de Oro XVIII final in 2012, but he was still a winner of the tournament for novice pros. Although Argueta won on points, Navarrete was declared the winner of the competition because Argueta was a no-show for the weigh-in. Navarette has won 21 fights on the spin since.
4) Emanuel has had a 10-week training camp in Tijuana for his first defence and is also using the same sparring partners as the last fight – Martin Jimenez, Miguel Ángel Bautista, and Martin Navarrete.
5) His uncle Pedro Navarrete Sr. and cousins Pedro Navarrete Jr. and Johnny Navarrete were also professional boxers. His uncle who manages him retired in September 2016 with a 30-22-3 record. He boxed in Liverpool, losing on points to Stephen Smith Jr.
6) During the early stage of his career he made ends meet working as a stonemason.
7) As a young boy he preferred playing football, but once he started boxing aged eight his head was turned and the sweet science took centre stage.
8) He and his wife, Diana Jimenez, have one son, Ian Emanuel Navarrete-Jimenez.