Updated: Aug 15, 2019
My favorite soap opera marches on as this Saturday August 17 th , Top Rank
Promotions returns to ESPN and ESPN Deportes. La Ciudad De Mexicos, WBO Jr.
Featherweight Champion Emanuel Navarrete (27-1 23KOs), fresh off his twice
humbling defeat of Isaac Dogboe, battles undefeated fellow Mexican Fransisco
DeVaca (20-0 6KOs). Navarrete will look to make the second defense of his title in
the location where Carlos Vela and his Los Angeles FC teammates call home: Banc
de California Stadium in LA, California. Action kicks off at 10 PM E.T.
Emanuel Navarrete burst on the scene December of 2018, when he pulled off a
massive upset defeating the heavily favored Champion Isaac Dogboe (20-2). He
proved in the rematch it wasn’t a fluke. He didn’t just defeat Dogboe, he beat the
shit out of him! Navarrete is excited for the chance to defend his belt.
“This is a great opportunity to defend my title against an exciting fighter like
DeVaca,” said Navarrete at the initial press conference, “I’ve worked hard to
prove myself as a champion, and I won’t let anyone take that away from me. It’s
going to be a great night outside in Los Angeles, and whenever you have two
Mexicans in the ring, you can expect a battle.”
Fransisco DeVaca for his part is staying composed. Having an elite trainer such as
Roberto Alcazar, who was Oscar DeLaHoyas first cornerman, helps keep you
“This is the fight of my life,” DeVaca said recently, “I am going to show my
Mexican heart and prove to the world that I belong on the world stage. I’m not
going to talk any trash. I have a lot of respect for Emanuel Navarrete, but his reign
will end on August 17 th .”
This is a legit Championship belt title fight so per usual, the dungeon has been
abandoned and the tape has been watched. Read along as I preview the fight!
(image: Top Rank Promotions)
WBO Champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete
From: Mexico City, Mexico
Record: 27-1 23KO’s Height: 5’7’’
Reach: 72” Stance: Orthodox
Uppercuts: His favorite punch in the Dogboe fights was the left uppercut. The way
he sets it up makes it extremely more effective. He’d feint a right cross and sneak
in the uppercut with authority! Scores major damage.
Great Combination Puncher: Navarrete has very active hands and rarely just
throws one punch. Think of him as the opposite of Adrien Broner. His hands fly!
Switches Stances: Navarrete is skilled enough to shift from his normal orthodox
stance to southpaw and vice versa with ease. Usually as he walks down his
opponent. This nifty maneuver keeps opponents guessing where the jab hand is.
Headhunter: Navarrete has 23 KOs so he can be forgiven somewhat. He tends to
zero in on any rival’s area above the shoulders. Attacking the body slows
opponents down. Had he pursued Dogobes body in the rematch, his stoppage
may have come earlier.
Drops Guard: Navarrete relaxes at times when he steps back from an exchange
with his hands dropped. Thus, creating small windows of opportunities. Losing
focus for a split second is ill advised.
Hand healed? Going into his last fight, rumblings of a damaged right thumb were
circulating. In the last round he confirmed the rumors. Navarrete clearly injured
his hand while connecting on a punch. The amazing part is he landed a sharp right
cross moments after. Navarrete has the heart of a warrior, but how healed is the
video via Xicana Boxing
Fransisco “Panchito El Centenario” DeVaca
Born: Michoacan, Mexico Raised: Phoenix, AZ
Record: 20-0 6 KOS Height: 5’7’’
Reach: 65” Stance: Orthodox
Speed: Panchito will have the clear speed advantage in this matchup. Mainly due
to the fact his punches travel a lesser distance than Navarretes longer reach.
Panchito has a very fast jab and overall fast hands.
Footwork: In his previous fight against journeyman and tricky fighter, Ernesto
Guerrero, Panchito displayed the agility needed to keep Ernesto at bay. Very light
on his feet.
Sparring: Per Top Rank, Panchito is friends with Oscar Valdez, Joseph “JoJo” Diaz,
Ronny Rios and Rico Ramos. That friendship has translated into sparring sessions
with each. Very high-level sparring partners for Panchito.
Lack of Power: Panchito has 20 wins and only 6 via stoppage. Versus Guerrero
and Serrano, he seemingly landed at will all night. Neither fighter seemed
bothered by his punches too much.
Weight Class: Navarrete has been at the junior featherweight division since he
defeated Martin Casillas in late 2016. Panchito is a career 118 pounder having just
recently completed his fifth bout at the 122lb weight class. Navarrete will have a
comfortable size advantage when they rehydrate on fight night.
Loves to Brawl: Panchito at times can get caught in reckless exchanges. The
boxer-puncher must resist trading with a powerful puncher like Navarrete in
order to have any success. Fighting smartly is crucial!
Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete has secured 23 stoppage wins from his 27 outings.
Look for that number to increase to 24! Emanuel Navarrete will be too big and
too strong for Panchito. Navarrete will walk down Panchito and will secure a
stoppage win by no later than the 8 th round.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Iron Boy
Promotions, tickets priced at $100, $80, $70, $60, $45 and $25 (not including
applicable fees) tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at
800-745-3000 and in person at the Banc of California Stadium box office.
Article written by
Manuel “Hopper” Dominguez