Emmanuel Navarrete, Oscar Valdez pen the latest important chapter in Mexican boxing history – The Ring.

Emmanuel Navarrete and Oscar Valdez pays respects after weighing in for an expected showdown. Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank (via @TRBoxing).

Heading into Saturday’s WBO 130lb showdown between Emanuel Navarrete and Oscar Valdez, it’s believed the pairing could offer a potential Fight of the Year and it won’t disappoint.

Our bookmakers and fight picks prefer challenger Valdez, who enters the fight as the Ring’s No. 1 junior lightweight.

However, after 36 minutes of giving and receiving In a highly contagious war of attrition Navarrete won a 12-round unanimous decision, retaining his title for the first time. and added to his reputation in front of 10,246 fans at the desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

The claustrophobic Navarrete (38-1, 31 knockouts) plows forward relentlessly. Fire repeatedly from different angles. and no one will deny He is very unorthodox but highly efficient. Navarrete’s impressive punches put Valdez (31-2, 23 KOs) in line. The 28-year-old Mexican is like a creeping death. And although Valdez had his moment but not often Anything Valdez lands on will bounce off the champion’s steel chin seemingly unaffected.

Oscar Valdez (left) and Emmanuel Navarrete (right) exchange punches during their WBO Junior Lightweight Championship bout at the Desert Diamond Arena in Quebec. Londell, Arizona (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Although Navarrete injured his right hand in the 9th round and Valdez looked solid, “Vaguero” stood firm in a particularly memorable 10th round shootout. Navarrete’s hammer hand made Valdez’s right eye strangely swollen, almost closing. while Navarrete’s face looked as if miraculously before the battle had begun.

When the scorecard totals the score Navarret was the fair judge, leading 119-109, 118-110 and a more reasonable 116-112. Valdez deserves better than he gets with two official cards. Especially Lisa Giampa’s vote count, which only had one round for him.

“I feel blessed to be a part of this card and the next chapter in the history of Mexican boxing,” Navarrete said afterward. “I’m happy and appreciative of Oscar for the great fight we delivered.

“I really appreciate what he does on stage. He’s a Mexican warrior. If people want another race they will demand.”

“He’s a warrior,” Valdez said. “I tried my best. We gave it our all, he’s a warrior, he’s a true champion. Sorry for disappointing everyone. i feel so bad I would like to give all of you a great fight. I hope you enjoy the battle. I hope to come back strong.”

According to CompuBox, Navarrete defeated Valdez in nine out of 12 rounds. He had 1,038 fights, landing 216, while Valdez threw saves of 436, landing 140. Valde’s accuracy. 32.1 percent better than 20.8 percent

This bout will be one of the best bouts of the year. and will be joined by Luis Nery-Azat Hovhannisyan, Jaime Munguia-Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Joe-Cordina-Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov.

It was especially heartwarming when the two greeted each other afterward. and seeing Navarrete give Valdez a cowboy hat as a sign of respect. Only Valdez sent it back before the winner insisted his opponents keep it. It sums up the respect the two have for each other perfectly.

Navarrete appeared to be out of nowhere to tear the WBO junior featherweight title from Isaac Dogboe (UD 12) in May 2019.

Emanuel Navarrete (standing) sends Isaac Dogboe to the canvas. Photo by Mikey Williams-TOP RANK.

Navarrete’s long reign began with a 2019 WBO 122-pound title bout against Isaac Dogboe. Photo by Mikey Williams-TOP RANK.

ever since He is the most boxing world champion. He fought for the 11-bout World Championship in three weight divisions, where he held victories over Dogboe (TKO 12), Ruben Villa (UD 12) and Joet Gonzalez (UD 12).

However, this is another step up. A career-best win that secured him a foothold in boxing and gave him a unique victory. Navarrete should take the #1 spot at £130 with this exciting win.

He may not be as easy on the eyes as Shakur Stevenson, but he sure is efficient. He made his perceived shortcomings and shortcomings work for him.

Both men are taking well-deserved rest. Valdez gave all his strength and didn’t give up. He should hold the showpiece and be proud of his efforts in fighting great. He has had a successful amateur and successful career and will have to work hard to get out of here. Navarrete, meanwhile, will have to see what damage his hand has been damaged before returning, possibly next year.

A new match has been introduced and both men appear to be receptive. It will also be interesting to see Navarrete meet one of the other £130 title holders, which appears to be wishful thinking, with each fighting for rival sponsors across various TV networks. This win should move Navarrete into a different tax bracket and allow him to call shots and headlines on ESPN regardless.

Both Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales, who were involved in the three-fight series in the early 2000s, were enlisted to help create the fight and watch it closely, as well as Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez. working people Mexicans broadcast and enjoy what they watch without a doubt, as well as the late Salvador Sanchez, who passed away 41 years ago, matching Saturday’s fight. ” must have smiled at both of them after what he saw.

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