Fighter Of The Week: Emanuel Navarrete

Emanuel Navarrete went from obscurity to world champion literally overnight when he shocked the world and took the WBO Super Bantamweight title from budding superstar Isaac Dogboe in what may have been the upset of the year for 2018 via unanimous. He made a name for himself in the boxing community with that upset and then doubled down on the impressive feat and stopped Dogboe five months later in the rematch, in a one-sided beatdown proving the first go-around was no fluke. That has put Navarrete on the verge of superstardom. For his next performance, Navarette was given an undefeated prospect in Francisco De Vaca and easily took care of business scoring a brutal one-sided third-round TKO of the previously unbeaten opponent to make the second defense of his title and capture our Fighter Of The Week award.

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Saturday nights card was the inaugural boxing event at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Navarrete was clearly bigger, stronger and more powerful than the overmatched Da vaca,. The champ used those sizeable advantages from the onset. Coming out aggressive and taking the fight straight to De Vaca, landing heavy, thudding power shots that stopped the challenger in his tracks in the first round. By round two, De Vaca’s nose was busted open and bleeding as Navarrete continued to tee off on his outgunned opponent and finally dropped him with a perfectly timed right uppercut late in the round. The third round picked up where the second finished. Pummeling the challenger with a two-fisted barrage of power shots. De Vaca tried valiantly to get himself back into the fight and turned the tides. However, it was to no avail as Navarrete walked straight through his shots and eventually the two-fisted attack by the champion overwhelmed the defenseless challenger and forced referee Raul Caiz Sr. to step in and call a halt to the bout 1 minute, 54 seconds into round three.

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Navarette will have no shortage of options moving forward in the 122-pound division as he plans to stay active for the foreseeable future. The Mexican champ is set to again defend his title a month from now on the Fury-Walin card on September 14th, Mexican Independence Day weekend, in Las Vegas. No opponent has been announced yet. However, unification bouts with the other 122-pound world titleholders Ray Vargas and Daniel Roman would both be highly intriguing and highly competitive scraps. Promoter Bob Arum called Navarrete the “Best Fighter In Mexico” following his sensational performance. while that is certainly high praise and a bold statement, to say the least, Navertete is well on his way, with performances like he handed in on Saturday night, to becoming a superstar in Mexico and the US

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