Navarrete KOs Baez to retain WBO feather title

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Photo: Sumio Yamada

WBO featherweight champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (36-1, 30 KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round knockout over Eduardo Baez (21-3-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pechanga Arena (formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena) in San Diego, California. Baez appeared on his way to a shocking upset until Navarrete ended matters with one punch – a shot to the liver. Time was 1:05.

Navarrete, who hadn’t fought in nearly a year and let his weight balloon in the interim, was trailing on two of the three judges’ cards (50-45 and 48-47) at the time of the stoppage, while one card had Navarrete ahead 49-46.

“I expected a fight like this,” Navarrete said. “I never underestimated Eduardo Baez. I knew that he was an excellent fighter and the fact that he hit pretty hard. It was a lot more complicated than I anticipated. But then came that shot, and I was able to finish him. That’s a very Mexican punch. It comes with my blood. And you can see, I don’t throw a perfect left hook like you’re used to seeing. But this one came out perfect for me. And you saw the result because not many guys can take that shot.”

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  • Baez was looking pretty good until the end of the fight. That shot came out of nowhere and it was NASTY!

  • If Navarrete wants to evolve and be a better fighter he really needs to get himself a nutritionist and get off the T diet. (Tacos, tortas, tamales etc.) As he has said it himself in interviews that he eats whatever is in front of him. He needs to be physically prepared all the time so weight cutting doesn’t drain him as much. It was evident his weigh cut affected him in this fight. No, I’m not saying he has to look like a bodybuilder either, but get some quality weight. Great awkward fighter but needs to reevaluate himself in order to become better.

    • Bro that T diet is hard to shake lol. I agree with you tho. Navarrete is on the verge of greatness, diet tweak and i think he will be able to transcend to p4p

  • I will always be a fan of Vaquero Navarrette. For me, he is a relentless and powerful puncher. I would like to see him against the Champs and unify the belts at 130. Good luck to this young superstar in Boxing.

  • The security guard with the red chair looks so professional as he runs in the ring to save Navarrete

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