Emanuel Navarrete destroys Panchito DeVaca !

Updated: Aug 20, 2019


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And still !!! Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (28-1 24 KOs) needed all but three rounds to defend his WBO Super Bantamweight title Saturday night, outdoors at the Banc of California Stadium in L.A. In the process he handed Francisco “Panchito El Centenrio” DeVaca (20-1) his first loss as a professional.

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)


Upset minded Panchito DeVaca shares the same trainer with Andy Ruiz Jr., the great Manny Robles, but that’s where the similarities end. The champion, a -3500 favorite on Bovada, quickly extinguished any of those thoughts in round 1 as he quickly began walking down DeVaca. “If I have a guy across from me with only 6 KOs, I’m jumping on him asap!” stated ringside commentator and former champ Timothy Bradley. Navarrete followed suit.


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In the second round a beautiful sequence featuring a left and right uppercut followed by a right cross to the chin dropped DeVaca. The Phoenix-based fighter got caught in a reckless exchange and paid the price for it. One round later, like a predator closing in on his prey, Navarrete had DeVaca completely overwhelmed!



As brave as Panchito was in his attempt to fight back, his valiant effort proved fruitless. Referee Raul Caiz rightly stopped the bout, preventing the challenger from receiving unnecessary power punches.


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Navarrete has no time to rest on his laurels, as promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank promotions intends for a speedy return next month. “That was sensational now stay ready,” Uncle Bob told him “, we’re going to bring you right back on September 14th in Las Vegas.” Navarrete in true champion form is game, telling ESPN’s Crystina Poncher post fight “I would love to come back and fight on that card in front of all of the Mexican fans.”

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Due to the Mexican holidays, May and September are traditionally months where the biggest boxing fights take place. It’s far fetched to think any of the other division’s champs will accept a bout with less than a month to prepare. Be that as it may, the super bantamweight division is loaded! Unified WBA/IBF Champion Daniel Roman or WBC Champ Rey Vargas would make great dancing partners to WBO title holder Emanuel Navarrete.

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Also in the mix and at times forgotten but still lineal king, Guillermo Rigondeaux lurks. In a perfect world for boxing fans, any combination of that quartet would be next.

Sadly, all we seem to get is hyperbole. Like this quote from Bob Arum.


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“(Navarrete) is Mexican. He’s proud to be Mexican, September 14th is Mexican Independence weekend and the best fighter in Mexico will be there to defend his title.”

Pump the brakes Uncle Bob! While I am very high on Emanuel Navarrete, Canelo Alvarez, El Gallo Estrada, Zurdo Ramirez and Oscar Valdez might have something to say about that!

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)


  • Article Written By:

  • Manuel “Hopper” Dominguez

  • @ManuelDStayTru

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