Relentless Emanuel Navarrete wants to unify 122-pound division
By Bill Tibbs
In an era when many champions fight 2 times per year, 122-pound boss Emanuel Navarrete will fight his 3rd fight in 4 months (and his 2nd fight in less than a month) on September 14th.
On August 17, live from the (inaugural) Top Rank card at the beautiful Banc of California Stadium, in Los Angeles, 122-pound, WBO world champion Emanuel Navarrete made another case to be considered as one of, if not the best, fighters in the junior featherweight division.
In a division loaded with talent that includes IBF and WBA champion Daniel Roman, undefeated Brandon Figueroa, former champion TJ Doheny and come-backing Guillermo Rigondeaux, among others, Mexico City’s Navarrete is proving to be one tough out for any fighter that steps in the ring with him.
Navarrete made a name for himself when he steamrolled undefeated African star Isaac Dogboe to win the title in December of 2018. And, he proved the first go-round was no fluke when he battered and stopped him in the 12th round of their rematch.
Except for a decision loss in his 6th fight back in 2012, Navarrete has been perfect in 28 other outings and Saturday night he stopped undefeated, Phoenix-based Mexican Francisco De Vaca, a slick and talented boxer who simply didn’t have enough to keep the relentless and aggressive champion off of him. Shortly after stopping De Vaca in the 3rd round, in a post-fight interview, Emanuel made it clear he is looking to face the best and stay busy. And, with promoter Bob Arum promising to put him on the Tyson Fury card in Las Vegas 3-weeks later he will be back to work shortly.
After the fight, speaking with Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher, Navarrete made it clear that he wanted to stay busy and fight the very best which is good news for fight fans.
“I want to continue filling the tradition of Mexican boxing in LA”, he said. “I want to thank Bob Arum and I am hoping to be back in September on the Tyson Fury card”, he said. “I want to sweep the entire division, unify and move on to 126,” Navarete explained. “You all know who the other champions are. By the way, I send salutations to every one of them. Let’s stop avoiding and have the best of the best face each other.”
Added Top Rank boss Arum, “He is Mexican, he’s proud to be Mexican, September 14th is Mexican Independence week, and the best fighter in Mexico will be there defending his title”.