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20th August 2022
By: Ryan Gurewitz
Emmanuel Navarrete eyes Shakur Stevenson, must get past Eduardo Baez First
WBO Featherweight World Champion Emmanuel Navarrete (35-1) will make his return to the ring tonight at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego for his 5th consecutive title defense at 126 pounds against 27-year-old Eduardo Baez (21-2-2). The champion has found much success since moving to the featherweight division and looks to continue his impressive 30-fight win streak spanning back to 2012. Perhaps one of the more active champions in recent history, Navarette makes his return after an unusual ten-month layoff. The 27-year-old has expressed his desire to move up to 130 pounds, with hopes to fight against phenom Shakur Stevenson, with whom talks have been held before. However, Navarrete finds himself across the ring from Eduardo Baez before he can look at the bigger fish.
This fight is a tune-up for the champion, a steppingstone for a massive fight, so can Baez shock the world? Coming off of a war against Enrique Rivas, which saw a total of 1600 punches thrown, Baez holds a respectable resume and will be looking to capitalize on the opportunity of his lifetime. He finds himself in a position where everybody is expecting him to lose. Also 27 years old, Baez has had a career filled with questions, and his two losses have come against world-level opposition. His first loss came against Mauricio Lara, who shocked world champion Josh Warrington, when he won via TKO. His second loss came against undefeated super bantamweight contender Ra’eese Aleem. With only 7 of his wins coming via stoppage, there is no easy path to victory.
This should, by all means, be a routine defense for Navarette. Considering his desire to fight the likes of Shakur Stevenson and the other elites in the surrounding weight classes, Navarette must show no signs of weaknesses and win comfortably. Navarette has the potential to become one of the faces of boxing. At only 27 years old, Navarette’s career is starting to take off. All the work that he has put in has led him to the cusp of international stardom. With a statement win this weekend in San Diego, Navarette can finally secure the recognition he deserves heading into the biggest fights of his career.
Written By: Ryan Gurewitz (@ryangurewitz)