Emanuel Navarrete Defeats Chris Diaz to Retain WBO Featherweight Title

Emanuel Navarrete is keepin’ his crown…

The 26-year-old Mexican professional boxer defended his WBO featherweight title with an action-packed 12th round TKO over Chris Diaz during Top Rank‘s main event on Saturday night.

Emanuel Navarrete,

Known for his awkward and relentless style, Navarrete (34-1, 29 KOs) knocked Diaz down four times — but it was the final one with just seconds remaining in the 12th round that was the finisher.

Puerto Rico’s Diaz (26-3, 16 KOs) was a very game opponent, particularly as he laid it all out going for a knockout in round 12, but ultimately Navarrete’s power was too much as he dropped Diaz with a combination. Diaz appeared to beat the count with about 15 seconds left in the fight but his corner and the referee stopped the bout as it was clear he was hurt.

Navarrete consistently landed his go-to leap uppercut, but his best weapon on Saturday night was a barrage of power hooks that landed in combination leaving Diaz moving backward.

Navarrete landed 257 of 744 punches (34.5%) and an eye-opening 241 of those landed were power punches.

It was Navarrete’s second title defense. Attention now turns to whether he will remain at featherweight or move up to junior lightweight division where there are several contenders in Top Rank’s stable that could make great fights, including rising star Shakur Stevenson.

The bout was held in front of 3,262 socially distanced fans at sold-out Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. It was Top Rank’s second boxing card in front of fans since the pandemic began.

Edgar Berlanga’s First-Round KO Streak Ends, But He Still Scores Win Against Demond Nicholson

Edgar Berlangas impressive streak is over, but his undefeated record is still intact…

The 23-year-old didn’t finish his opponent in the first three minutes during his bout on Friday night, ending his streak of first-round knockouts.

Edgar Berlanga,

But Berlanga still defeated Demond Nicholson.

Berlanga (17-0, 16 KOs) knocked Nicholson down four times — including one in the final seconds of the fight — but couldn’t get a stoppage in a 79-68, 79-69, 79-69 unanimous decision victory at the Silver Spurs Arena on Kissimmee, Florida, on Saturday.

“It’s kind of f—ed up that I had to go those rounds with the people here,” Berlanga said in his postfight interview on ESPN. “I know that they wanted a first-round knockout. But I enjoyed getting the experience.”

Entering his bout on the Emanuel NavarreteChristopher Diaz undercard, Berlanga had knocked out all 16 of his previous opponents in the first round. Nicholson (23-4-1, 20 KOs), 28, of Laurel, Maryland, became the first to make it back to his corner.

Nicholson met Berlanga’s power early after knockdowns in the second and third round, albeit the latter occurrence a questionable ruling by referee Emil Lombardi. But the veteran Nicholson steadied himself beneath his wide stance and even found success at times against Berlanga.

Berlanga capped his performance with a short right hook that floored Nicholson with 13 seconds left in the fight, the punch easily being his hardest of the night. Nicholson wobbled on his feet as he made the count but was steady enough for the ref to allow Nicholson to make it to the final bell.

“I wanted to get him out,” Berlanga said. “But I didn’t. But listen, I got the experience.”

Emanuel Navarrete Claims WBO Featherweight Title with Unanimous Defeat of Ruben Villa

Emanuel Navarrete is as a new title…

The 25-year-old Mexican boxer defeated Ruben Villa by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBO featherweight title on Friday night at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.

Emanuel Navarrete,

Navarrete, a former junior featherweight world titlist, was able to win the fight on the strength of two knockdowns — in the first and fourth rounds — by the scores of 114-112, 114-112 and 115-111.

Navarrete (33-1, 28 KOs) had a decided edge in strength and power. And while the southpaw Villa (18-1, 5 KOs) was effective in spots by moving around the ring, the difference in punching prowess was obvious. At the end of the fight, Navarrete had outlanded Villa 131-58 in power punches.

Navarrete clipped Villa with a long left uppercut that sent him down for the first time at the end of the first round. To his credit, Villa got up and was effective in the next two rounds, but in the fourth another long, lashing left hand from Navarrete sent Villa down for the second time. Without these two knockdowns, this bout would’ve been a majority draw.

Navarrete is not a classic stylist, or the most fundamentally sound fighter you’ll see. He often makes fundamental errors, but he more than makes up for it with his relentlessness and activity. At times he simply swarms his opponents to a point where they get overwhelmed. Villa was the more sound boxer, but he lacked the pop to truly get Navarrete’s respect or ever hurt him.

“I knew that Villa was a fighter that moved a lot and I knew that he was going to move even more once he felt my power,” Navarrete said after the fight. “I didn’t get the knockout, but I got the victory.”

Villa had some good moments in the second half of the fight where he boxed effectively, but he didn’t do enough to turn the tide of this contest.

“I’m very happy with this championship. It’s a reflection of all the sacrifices and all the hard work I put in,” Navarrete said. “I conquered my second weight class because of all that hard work.

“I have my sights set on all the world champions at 126. I would love to face [Josh] Warrington. I think that our styles will make for a great fight.”

Emanuel Navarrete Overwhelms Uriel Lopez to Win Sixth Straight Fight by Stoppage

Make that six in a row for Emanuel Navarrete

The 25-year-old Mexican professional boxer and WBO junior featherweight titleholderd efeated Uriel Lopez to score a sixth-round TKO victory in a non-title fight on Saturday night at the TV Azteca studios in Mexico City.

Emanuel Navarrete

Navarrete (32-1, 28 KOs) started slow, but built up momentum and eventually started to overpower Lopez (13-13-1, 6 KOs) in the fourth round, alternating between the orthodox and southpaw stance.

Navarrete, who won his sixth consecutive fight by stoppage, landed punches from all directions. Lopez — who had gone the distance in his previous three fights — was game and willing, but he was no match for the flurry of punches that started coming his way.

“I have the utmost respect for Uriel Lopez,” Navarrete said after the victory. “He put forth a courageous effort, but I was coming to win by knockout. I want to unify titles, but if nobody accepts my challenge, I’ll move up to featherweight.”

Navarrete sent Lopez to the canvas in the fifth round by a swarm of punches. In the sixth, a well-placed right hand to the body knocked Lopez down for the second time, forcing the referee to wave off the fight at 2 minutes, 22 seconds. For Navarrete, it was his sixth fight in the past 13 months.

According to CompuBox, Navarette threw 571 punches, landing 190 of them; Lopez was unable to keep up with that work rate, landing only 49 of 252.

Emanuel Navarrete Stops Jeo Tupas Santisima to Retain 122-Pound Title

Emanuel Navarreteis keeping his title…

The 25-year-old Mexican boxer and junior featherweight world titlist turned in a workmanlike effort in a one-sided 11th-round knockout victory against Jeo Tupas Santisima to retain his 122-pound title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Emanuel Navarrete

“As I said during the build-up to the fight, I was coming for another knockout victory, and I got it,” Navarrete said through an interpreter. “It took me a little more time than expected. I hurt him a couple of times during the fight, but I got to give it to him; he is a real Filipino warrior. He took a lot of punches and didn’t go down. 

“I hurt my right thumb trying to knock him out, but I knew I was close to stopping him, so I had to keep going.”

Navarrete was making the fifth defense of his junior featherweight belt — all in the past nine months, making him the most active current titlist in boxing.

“This is my fifth successful defense of the world title. Now I want a unification fight,” Navarrete said. “I’ll look at my options, but if I don’t get it soon, I’ll probably move to 126 pounds to challenge the champions at featherweight.”

Navarrete (31-1, 27 KOs), who had the longer reach, established his jab early to keep Santisima off balance while mixing in body shots and left hooks. He pressed forward, throwing combinations while Santisima covered up or threw one punch at a time.

Navarrete had a big fifth round as he landed right-left combinations almost at will. and he had Santisima trapped on the ropes for a large chunk of the round. Navarrete remained in total control with Santisima largely in survival mode during the latter stages of the fight.

Navarrete let his punches fly in the 10th round and appeared to have Santisima (19-3, 16 KOs), 23, of the Philippines, in trouble, but he could not put Santisima away. In the 11th round, Navarrete once again pounded on Santisima, and referee Russell Mora eventually stepped in to stop the fight at 2 minutes, 20 seconds — just as Santisima’s corner was throwing in the towel.

“Navarrete is a great champion, and I gave it my all to bring a world title back to the Philippines. I came up short, but I can hold my head high,” Santisima said.

Emanuel Navarrete Defeats Juan Miguel Elorde to Retain Junior Featherweight Belt

Emanuel Navarrete is celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day with a W…

The 24-year-old Mexican professional boxer, the junior featherweight world titlist, retained his belt for the second time in a month after stopping Juan Miguel Elorde in the fourth round on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.

Emanuel Navarrete

Fighting in the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+co-feature, Navarrete took the fight on short notice for the opportunity to fight on Mexican Independence Dayweekend, and he took care of Elorde in fine fashion.

Navarrete (29-1, 25 KOs), who retained his 122-pound world title for the third time — each defense since May — had a slow first round, then unloaded repeatedly on Elorde, scoring a knockdown in the third round and eventually forcing the stoppage.

“I’m happy because I think I put on a great performance,” Navarrete said through a translator. “Fortunately, my opponent is OK, and I came out here to put on a show. I hope the fans enjoyed it on my very first Las Vegas show on Mexican Independence Day weekend. ‘Vaquero‘ Navarrete is here to stay.”

Navarrete was fighting less than a month after his last defense. On August 17, Navarrete headlined a Top Rankcard in Los Angeles and retained his title by third-round knockout of Francisco De Vaca. In the ring after the fight, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, wanting to put a fight involving a Mexican world titleholder on Fury’s undercard on the Mexican holiday weekend, asked Navarrete if he wanted to come back a month later, and Navarrete gleefully accepted.

Elorde had a good first round, landing a series of sharp punches; but Navarrete came back strong in the second round, as he got his potent left hook going and never let up.

Navarrete stopped Elorde in his tracks with a clean right hand in the third round and continued to attack him. Moments later, Navarrete rocked Elorde with a thudding left hand to the face that might have broken Elorde’s nose. Navarrete was in total control by the end of the round when he drilled Elorde into the ropes with a left and a right that counted as a knockdown because the ropes held him up.

Referee Russell Moratook a long look at Elorde in the corner after the third round, but the fight was allowed to continue. However, Navarrete hurt his opponent early in the round with a tremendous right hand that buckled him, and Mora jumped in and waved it off at 26 seconds.

“The most important thing here was that it was a good performance for me,” Navarrete said. “I think the referee did the right thing. He’s going to go home to his family and everything is going to be OK. It was a good performance on my behalf, and he gave what he could. At the end of the day, I came away with the hard-fought victory.”

According to CompuBox, Navarrete landed 88 of 220 punches (40%), and Elorde landed just 28 of 101 (28%).Elorde (28-2, 15 KOs), 32, of the Philippines — who is the grandson of Filipino legend and International Boxing Hall of FameGabriel “Flash” Elorde, the longtime 1960s junior lightweight world champion — also happily accepted the fight on three weeks’ notice. He