Emmanuel Navarrete maintains position against Oscar Valdez in a one-sided fight

Glendale, Arizona, August 12: Oscar Valdez (left) and Emmanuel Navarrete (right) exchange punches during their WBO Junior Lightweight Championship fight in Des. Diamond Arena on August 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images).

Oscar Valdez (left) and Emmanuel Navarrete go to a 12-round battle on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona. Navarrete wins by unanimous decision. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank. Inc via Getty Images)

Emmanuel Navarrete wasn’t as high-profile as his opponent Oscar Valdez on Saturday, enjoying his WBO super featherweight title bout in De Cert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona

he dropped the belt It was the biggest win of his career. and a very famous reputation after defeating Valdez. unanimous former champion The judges gave the scores 116-112, 118-110 and 119-109 for Navarrete, who won the fight with pressure.

Even a wounded or broken hand could not slow him down. He punched a total power of 72 in the first seven rounds according to CompuBox, but connected with 104 in the last five.

He attacked Valdez and earned his respect early in the fight. Valdezse several times in the first round and dug himself a hole.

The fight was billed as the “Battle of Mexico,” and Top Rank brought legendary Hall of Famers like Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera in to celebrate Mexican boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.. The best ever is being broadcast on Spanish-language television.

The fight wasn’t even close to how awesome it was. Barrera-Morales three times, which is still the biggest fight of this century. Although it was a thrilling and dramatic battle as each one poured out their hearts and had to overcome some serious adversity at times.

“I would like to thank everyone who watched because you can witness the next chapter in the great Mexican race,” Navarrete said afterwards. “I also want to thank Oscar. because he came out and put all his heart We did everything as we promised.”

Valdez’s right eye looked unusually messy midway through the fight. And it was really bad in the last three rounds. Which many people wonder why the referee did not think to stop the match. Valdez causes Navarrete to miss but according to his style Navarrete is just a workhorse.

at this level of combat The fighter with a higher connection percentage is usually the winner. And Valdez connected with 32 percent of his punches. compared to just 21 percent for Navarrete. But Navarrete delivered an astonishing 1,038 punches, 602 more than Valdez. He was connected on 216 shots, 76 more than Valdez.

He did it mostly with a jab. Sometimes out of plan and often out of necessity. His jab tore Valdez apart and put him within range for Navaret to hit his right hand. When the right side was so painful that Navarrete brushed it off without being used It was the ram that carried him.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 12: Oscar Valdez gets his eyes damaged during his WBO Junior Lightweight Championship fight against Emanuel Navarrete at Desert Diamond Arena on August 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Mikey Williams/ Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Oscar Valdez reacts after he loses to Emmanuel Navarrete on Saturday for the WBO Super Featherweight title. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images).

Valdez couldn’t get together enough to make the final mean something. Navarrete just always did better than him. He was smart when it was necessary and tenacious throughout the rest of the match. And it’s a recipe for solid victory.

Valdez knew he hadn’t won and hugged Navarrete in the middle of the ring as Navarrete was being interviewed by ESPN’s Bernardo Ozuna.

“He was a warrior,” Valdez lamented in perhaps the best praise he could pay his conqueror. “I’m tired. I tried my best. We did our best And that’s all I can say. I will not give up But I’m sorry to disappoint everyone who came here to support me.”

Navarrete 38-1 and won 34 fights in a row. Although both parties threw up the idea of ​​a new rivalry. But it’s not really necessary. It was a one-sided match and Valdez needed to go back to the gym and fix some issues that were plaguing him.

Navarrete is one of only nine Mexican boxers to win the World Heavyweight Championship in three or more lightweight divisions, but if Navarrete decides to promote He’ll add fun fighters and legitimate threats to the mix.

no matter what he chooses to do He will have a much bigger reputation in the next tournament. With the way he dealt with a very good opponent in Valdez.

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