Navarrete Expects More Competitive, Exciting Fight From Gonzalez Than He Gave Stevenson

As assured as he’s in his personal talents, Emanuel Navarrete envisions having a harder time with Joet Gonzalez than Gonzalez gave Shakur Stevenson of their WBO featherweight title battle.

Gonzalez was undefeated at the moment, however he gained just one spherical on every scorecard the night time almost two years in the past that he and Stevenson fought for the then-vacant WBO 126-pound champion in a 12-rounder. Most handicappers have made Navarrete as at the very least a 4-1 favourite versus Gonzalez, however Navarrete anticipates a stiff check from his obligatory challenger Friday night time in San Diego.

“I believe he’s gonna be a special fighter on this battle as a result of Shakur’s type wasn’t good for him,” Navarrete advised “This time round, I’m gonna come ahead and I imagine he’s gonna come ahead, too. So, that’s what I’m anticipating.

“I count on a harder battle, a extra aggressive battle, a extra thrilling battle as a result of with Shakur, with all due respect, I don’t like the best way Shakur fights. I don’t like his type as a result of he doesn’t current any battle in any respect. However I respect him and I perceive why he fights like that.”

The unbeaten Stevenson is a skillful southpaw whose protection and motion have helped him compile a 16-0 document and a possibility October 23 to change into a two-weight world champion towards WBO junior light-weight titleholder Jamel Herring (23-2, 11 KOs) at State Farm Enviornment in Atlanta. The rugged Navarrete (34-1, 29 KOs) doesn’t in any respect resemble Stevenson stylistically, which ought to result in extra motion towards Gonzalez (24-1, 14 KOs) within the 12-round important occasion of a seven-fight card ESPN+ will stream from Pechanga Enviornment (8:30 p.m. EDT; 5:30 PDT).

The Mexican champion figures he’ll encounter the very best model of Gonzalez as a result of the 28-year-old contender from Glendora, California, can not count on one other title shot within the foreseeable future if he loses to Navarrete lower than two years after Stevenson defeated him by unanimous resolution at Reno-Sparks Conference Heart in Reno, Nevada.

“I do know he’s gonna come robust as a result of, you understand, that is his second world-title alternative and it seemingly can be his final one,” Navarrete stated. “So, I do know that he has put within the arduous work and he’s gonna be giving it his all, one hundred pc, within the ring. I don’t count on nothing much less from him.”

The 26-year-old Navarrete has gained seven of his previous eight bouts by knockout or technical knockout. He desires to increase his general profitable streak to 30 by changing into the primary fighter to cease Gonzalez inside the space.

Navarrete impressively stopped Puerto Rico’s Christopher Diaz (26-3, 16 KOs) within the twelfth spherical of his most up-to-date bout, which came about April 24 at Silver Spurs Enviornment in Kissimmee, Florida.

“Each single time that I get within the ring, I’m all the time searching for the knockout,” Navarrete stated. “And this time round is not going to be the exception. You recognize, I respect Joet quite a bit. He’s an incredible fighter, however I’m undoubtedly gonna go for the knockout. Realizing that he’s by no means been knocked out, that might give me nice satisfaction.”

Whereas totally targeted on Gonzalez, Navarrete desires a featherweight title unification battle early in 2022.

“I imagine it may be completed,” Navarrete stated. “I see that the alternatives are there. However proper now, I’m simply targeted on Joet Gonzalez.”

If he efficiently defends his title for the second time towards Gonzalez, Navarrete can flip his consideration towards Gary Russell Jr., Child Galahad and Leigh Wooden.

Russell (31-1, 18 KOs), an American southpaw who owns the WBC featherweight title, is the longest-reigning champion in boxing.

England’s Galahad (28-1, 17 KOs) holds the IBF 126-pound crown. England’s Wooden (25-2, 15 KOs) gained the secondary WBA belt from China’s Can Xu (18-3, 3 KOs), who Wooden stopped within the twelfth spherical of their July 31 bout at Matchroom Boxing’s headquarters in Brentwood, England.

“I might go along with the primary one which raises his hand and wish to face me,” Navarrete stated. “I don’t have a transparent choice, however the best path to unify the titles, I might go that means.”

Sadly for Navarrete, Russell, Galahad and Wooden all are affiliated with completely different promoters and tv networks/streaming providers than him. That might complicate the previous WBO junior featherweight champ’s plan to unify titles inside the 126-pound division.

“If for some cause I can’t get the unification fights at 126, I might contemplate transferring as much as 130,” Navarrete stated. “However I might solely do it for the massive fights, for the larger names and the larger purses.”

A battle with WBC junior light-weight champ Oscar Valdez could be simpler to make than the aforementioned title unification bouts as a result of, like Navarrete, Valdez (30-0, 23 KOs) is promoted by Bob Arum’s Prime Rank Inc.

“That will be an enormous battle and I’m searching for the massive fights,” Navarrete stated. “However in all equity, I haven’t heard something about that battle from my staff. The one factor I’ve heard is concept from the media. However I might like to do a battle like that. I believe his type and my type mesh very properly and we might do a kind of Mexican versus Mexican rivalries, one thing like Barrera and Morales.”

Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for He might be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.–161251 | Navarrete Expects Extra Aggressive, Thrilling Struggle From Gonzalez Than He Gave Stevenson

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