Though it isn’t nearly the same as it used to be, the friendly Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry in the sport of boxing has always provided some of the most spirited encounters throughout the years. This upcoming Saturday, current WBO Featherweight belt holder 🇲🇽Emmanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (32-1-0, 27KO) will look to defend his recently acquired title for the first time, against ambitious #6 WBO world contender 🇵🇷Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (26-2-0, 16KO) at the Silver Spurs arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
Navarrete has been an interesting, welcoming addition to the 126 lb. mix, and is currently ranked as Ring-Magazine’s #6 contender, in a division where currently no king sits on the throne. Navarrete for the long-run has that in sight, and will look to be dominant against his foe this weekend, to further expand his unexpected, budding career.
Diaz is an interesting commodity. When you see him, you can see that he clearly has skills, though he only operates behind a 2-dimensional attack. He spent the bulk of the last 5 years at Super-Featherweight, which could be argued wasn’t his optimal weight, and that the best of Pitufo could be seen at 126 lbs. He won two fights in a row after getting blanked out by super-talent 🇺🇸Shakur Stevenson – though for Diaz sake, that may be the result that most of Shakur’s opponents will face given his natural gifts, and immense level of skill.
What makes Navarrete vs. Diaz intriguing to us is that both fighters can punch, and neither seldomly takes a backwards step, which means one thing…Combat! To see the combat, tune into a night of Top-Rank boxing on ESPN’s regular channel on April 24th.