Champion Emanuel Navarrete defended his title with one punch Saturday in boxing motion at Pechanga Enviornment, whereas San Diego’s Giovani Santillan remained undefeated.
Navarrete knocked out challenger Eduardo Baez of Mexicali with a physique blow at 1:05 of the sixth spherical to retain his WBO Featherweight title.
The champion instructed ESPN after his win that “not many guys can take that shot” – referring to his punch to Baez’s midsection.
He additionally acknowledged that the combat “was much more sophisticated than I had anticipated.” ESPN reported that two of the three judges had Baez forward by means of the primary 5 rounds, till Navarrete left the challenger down for the rely.
Navarrete, a local of San Juan Zitlaltepec, improved to 36-1, to win his thirtieth straight combat. Baez fell to 21-3.
Santillan, in the meantime, went the gap in opposition to Julio Luna of their welterweight bout and received a unanimous choice to remain excellent at 30-0. He did so regardless of a nasty reduce beneath his proper eyebrow that opened up within the seventh spherical.
Luna, who additionally had been unbeaten, fell to 19-1.
Earlier within the day, Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, knocked out Reyes Sanchez, a fighter he had overwhelmed by choice final yr. The middleweight prospect, in profitable his sixth bout, stayed undefeated, and tweeted “I’ll be again actual quickly. This story is much from completed.”
Each Navarrete and Santillan prevailed final fall in fights at Pechanga.