Unloading a whirlwind of slugging shots to the head and body, WBO Junior-Featherweight Champion 🇲🇽Emanuel Navarette (28-1-0, 24KO) forced referee Raul Caiz Jr to jump in and save formerly undefeated 🇺🇸Francisco De Vaca (20-1-0, 6KO) at the 1:54 mark of round 3 Saturday on the ESPN headliner.
Yes, De Vaca was game and didn’t come to lay down, but it was clear heading into the fight and early on in the match, that Navarette owned the edge in strength and size in the matchup, and would force De Vaca to prove he could hurt him. Once it was confirmed that De Vaca could not give as well as he took, which included being put down in the canvas in the second round, Navarette went all out, steamrolling the challenger until the fight was rightfully brought to a stop.
Navarette appeared to really enjoy putting on a show for the crowd in this one, seemingly on a one track mind to get the early stoppage. After hearing the post fight announcement from Top Rank promoter Bob Arum that he will be returning to the ring very soon as the undercard to Tyson Fury’s fight against Otto Wallin on Mexican Independence Day September 14th in Las Vegas, that mind frame makes a lot of sense.
Navarette has stated that he wants to unify titles very soon, and although we won’t be seeing WBC Champion Rey Vargas or IBF/WBA Champion Daniel Roman as his opponent in Las Vegas, his awkward style, length and work rate make him a serious threat to both fighters.