Saturday night in Mexico City on ESPN, WBO Super Bantamweight champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete made his second ring appearance of 2020, his opponent was little known journeyman Uriel Lopez. This non title affair would be a preview of Navarrete’s inevitable move to Featherweight and while some may have criticized the opponent choice for Navarrete, with the recent pandemic creating a limit in opponents available and venues to perform in. A ready and willing Uriel Lopez would fit the bill nicely for boxing’s busiest champion. The event itself despite being located in Mexico, with the country not yet officially reopened was not sanctioned by their commission.
The contest started out with Navarrete using his jab to gauge distance, every punch landed to the body and head of Uriel Lopez drove him backwards. As rounds wore on Navarrete began mixing up his attack, punches landed on Lopez echoed in the empty venue giving clear indication of how hard Navarrete hits.
It had become a completely one sided affair by the fourth round in favor of Navarrete. While Lopez gave his best efforts after beating the count from a body shot in round six, a nonstop barrage of punches from Navarrete forced a halt to the action in round seven.
With the win Emanuel Navarrete improves to 32-1(28) while Uriel Lopez now stands at 13-14-1(6)
Since winning the WBO Super Bantamweight title in December of 2018, Emanuel Navarrete has fought seven times including five title defenses. While Navarrete might not be the most polished fighter in or around his division, his activity and increasing dominance in each outing makes Navarrete a dangerous fighter for anyone. That includes undefeated 126 pound champions Josh Warrington, Shakur Stevenson, Gary Russell Jr and Xu Can.
Assuming of course boxing politics can be sorted faster than a Covid 19 quarantine and those fights be made.
In Undercard action
Featherweight- Carlos Ornelas 26-2(15) def. Edwin Palomares 12-4-1(3) via KO
Featherweight- Sergio Alfredo Chirino Sanchez 15-1(9) def. Gustavo Alan Pina 8-3(5) via KO 3
Flyweight- Ivan Armando Garcia Carrillo 6-0(3) def Roberto Palomares 5-4-1(1) via UD 6