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  Navarrete Drops Villa Twice,
Grabs WBO Featherweight Belt

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


If you are looking for a fighter who would fail every test The Marques of Queensbury has to offer, then you need look no further than featherweight Emanuel Navarrete (32-1, 27 KOs). On the contrary, if you seek a fighter with an extensive and pedigreed amateur career, take a look at Ruben Villa (18-1, 5 KOs). Now throw everything you know out with yesterdays news. Thats right the awkward Navarrete manhandled Villa, dropped him twice and left The Bubble with the vacant World Boxing Organization World Feather Title in his possession.

Navarrete is an anomaly. He throws and lands punches that come from strange and ill-advised angles and somehow makes it all work. He hit Villa with shots in the first and fourth rounds that Villa never saw coming. There is really no way to prepare for a fighter like Navarrte and its even more difficult to del with him once you step inside his office.

Credit to Villa who was game and went the distance. He did his best but, in all honesty, the light fisted puncher never really stood a chance.

On his fight Navarrete remarked, "I knew that Villa was a fighter that moved a lot and I knew that he was going to move even more once he felt my power. I didn't get the knockout, but I got the victory. I'm very happy with this championship. It's a reflection of all the sacrifices and all the hard work I put in. I conquered my second weight class because of all that hard work. I have my sights set on all the world champions at 126. I would love to face {Josh} Warrington. I think that our styles will make for a great fight.

Middleweight Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (9-0, 5 KOs) demolished Gonzalo Gaston Coria (16-4, 6 KOs) in the second round of a bout that had the vacant World Boxing Organization Global Middle Title up for grabs. Alimkhanulyhit Coria with a sharp right hand and then followed that up with a crushing left that sent Coria into the ropes and down for the count. Officially this one came to a grinding halt at the 59 second mark of round two.

Asked whats next for him Zhanibek stated, I want to fight a world champion soon, like Demetrius Andrade and Jermall Charlo. Canelo, of course. Top Rank promotes Ryota Murata 160. I want to fight him as well. Whoever the top guys are 160, I want them next.

Super lightweight Light Elvis Rodriguez (10-0-1, 10 KOs) had no problem with Cameron Krael (17-17-3, 4 KOs). Elvis hurt Krael to the body with a wicked right hook in round two. In round three Elvis moved that same hook upstairs and at the 53 second mark Krael hit the deck and decided it was best to take the ten count. Keep an eye on Rodriguez this kid is a sure-fire hit. Just know that a slew of stupid Elvis (Presley) puns are sure to follow. Consider yourselves warned.

After his performance Elvis said, "I feel very happy with this performance. This was my first eight-round fight, and things went way better than expected. I knew that I was facing a tough opponent who had only been stopped once, but I also knew that I had put all the hard work in the gym. My goal is to keep bringing up the flag of the Dominican Republic. That's what I sacrifice for. I do it for my people. This was a big win, and there will be more to come."

It was a battle of undefeated Middleweights as Lorenzo Simpson (7-0, 5 KOs) took on Sanny Duversonne (11-1-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round attraction. The fight turned out to be a yawner. Simpson showed good skills but he could have done more against an overmatched foe. Final scores all in favor of Simpson read 79-73 and 78-73 x 2.

Lightweight Bryan Lua (7-0, 3 KOs) got in six good rounds of work against a punch stingy Nelson Colon (4-4, 3 KOs). Lua who looked sharp in his first six rounder appears ready to take the next step in his promising career. Scores of 60-54 from all the judges gave Lua an impressive unanimous decision victory.

Featherweight Rashiem Jefferson (3-0) opened a cut on the left eye of Steve Garagarza (2-3-1, 1 KO) in round three of a fight Jefferson was in complete control of. Scores of 40-36 across the board were indicative of a one-sided fight.

Super Welterweight Kahshad Elliott had an impressive pro debut as he KOd Akeem Jackson (1-2, 1 KO) ay the 70 second mark of round one. Body shots from Elliot were too much for Jackson.


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