Emanuel Navarrete knocked down Ruben Villa twice early of their bout for the vacant WBO featherweight world title Friday evening, and that was sufficient to earn Navarrete a unanimous decision victory and the belt.
It made Navarrete a two-division titlist, and set the stage for plenty of completely different thrilling fights down the road. However Villa did not make it simple, as his efforts within the second half of the combat made it a more in-depth combat within the judges’ scorecards than anticipated after Navarrete’s early flurry.
So what lies forward for Navarrete at 126 kilos? Let’s break down the primary occasion and its ramifications, and likewise dig into the highlights of the undercard of Friday’s Prime Rank Boxing present.
What does this combat inform you about Navarrete and his future at 126?
Navarrete confirmed he shall be a troublesome opponent for the highest fighters at featherweight regardless of his technical blemishes. There are particular fighters who do every part — or so much — improper, however make it work proper. He is not elegant or fashionable, however he’s extremely efficient. There’s something to be mentioned a few man who simply retains coming, places the stress on you and has heavy fingers. However you need to marvel how he’ll fare towards a top-level featherweight with above-average energy.
Early on towards Villa, Navarrete was in a position to push Villa round a bit along with his top and attain benefit, which he maintained regardless of shifting up in weight due to his lengthy limbs. Navarrete’s superior punching energy additionally performed a significant function, as evidenced by the 2 knockdowns. However because the combat wore on, you noticed Navarrete’s technical flaws reveal themselves as he missed a mess of punches and he confirmed poor steadiness.
However that is what you get with Navarrete — an especially troublesome and harmful fighter, who additionally has vital holes in his sport. He will not essentially be a dominant featherweight, however he’ll be one that’s in numerous memorable clashes.
How does Navarrete match up with the opposite titleholders and different massive names obtainable at 126 kilos?
WBC featherweight world titlist Gary Russell Jr., at his finest, is a mesmerizing mix of pace and quickness, and he can get some energy behind these punches occasionally, too. He’d nonetheless should be thought-about the most effective at 126. Navarrete vs. IBF featherweight titleholder Josh Warrington could be an actual battle between two guys that permit punches fly, however Navarrete would have the benefit in pure energy. A matchup with WBA “common” featherweight titlist Xu Can, who throws a excessive quantity of punches, could be one other engaging showdown.
That is the underside line: a fighter with as many technical flaws as Navarrete will at all times be a bit susceptible on the world-class stage. However he has sure intangibles like coronary heart and dedication which can be troublesome to measure and make him laborious to beat. And the issues he does properly within the ring make him harmful. Even at 126 kilos, which is a step up from the place Navarrete has spent most of his profession, it’ll take an excellent fighter on an excellent evening to defeat him.
Janibek Alimkhanuly exhibits off energy and potential with KO win
In the event you hearken to coach Buddy McGirt, Alimkhanuly is boxing’s subsequent middleweight champion, and his subsequent standout fighter.
It was laborious to argue with McGirt after Alimkhanuly’s efficiency, as Alimkhanuly landed a devastating knockout punch to Gonzalo Coria within the second spherical of a scheduled 10-round bout.
Like Gennadiy Golovkin, Alimkhanuly hails from Kazakhstan, and there are particular to be comparisons to GGG within the close to future, though it needs to be famous that Alimkhanuly is a southpaw. This was a powerful outing from Alimkhanuly as he made each shot depend, and fought with an actual objective and depth.
After sending Coria to the canvas within the first, Alimkhanuly scored the eye-opening knockout within the subsequent spherical with a giant left hand that despatched Coria crashing to the mat, laying below the underside rope.
Although he has solely 9 fights below his belt, Alimkhanuly had over 300 beginner bouts, and is already 27 years previous. So whereas he might use a bit extra seasoning, he may not be too far off from a extra vital alternative, both.
Elvis Rodriguez is the true deal
Rodriguez, a junior welterweight, is pretty much as good as any prospect on this planet. He additional solidified his standing as a blue chipper by stopping the usually sturdy Cameron Krael within the third spherical of a scheduled eight-round battle. Nevermind Krael’s quite pedestrian file (17-17-3, 4 KOs), he is without doubt one of the sport’s finest assessments, persistently giving robust rounds to the most effective and brightest prospects boxing has to supply. Krael had been KO’d solely as soon as coming into the combat with Rodriguez..
After a comparatively uneventful first spherical, Rodriguez, a southpaw with numerous energy, started to grasp that there was a gap for a proper hook excessive to search out its mark. He buzzed Krael late within the second spherical with that punch, after which within the third, that exact same shot put Krael down.
Typically it is not if you happen to win, however the way you do it. The way in which Rodriguez so simply dispatched Krael was telling. Everybody at 140 kilos higher be on alert for “The Dominican Child,” who improved to 10-0-1 (10 KO’s) after his fourth look within the Prime Rank bubble.
‘Truck’ Simpson has an extended street forward
Extremely touted prospect Lorenzo “Truck” Simpson remained undefeated by clearly outpointing Sanny Duversonne in an eight-round unanimous determination victory,, with judges scoring the combat 78-73 (twice) and 79-73. However his domination on the scorecards was extra attributable to Simpson being sound and strong quite than spectacular.
After Simpson began the combat aggressively, he then put issues in reverse gear because the rounds rolled on, and wasn’t practically as dominant. It was a wierd tactical determination, given the truth that he was efficient when he was coming ahead and dealing the physique.
Simpson was briefly stalled by a flash knockdown within the fifth spherical, as his toes bought snarled whereas taking a looping proper hand from Duversonne. Simpson nonetheless received ultimately, however he did not actually make the assertion he hoped to.
Simpson is a fighter with many instruments. He has good pace and quickness, makes his punches depend and has spectacular bodily energy. However on this combat, the 20-year-old from Baltimore confirmed that he nonetheless has a methods to go when it comes to his growth.