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Navarrete Officially Vacates WBO Title, Requests To Be Mandatory at 126

Emanuel "Vaquero" Navarrete has officially vacated his WBO super bantamweight world championship.

In a letter dated July 11 and signed by his representative, Guillermo Brito Rodríguez, and addressed to the president of the World Boxing Organization, Francisco Valcárcel, it stated that Navarrete had made a decision to officially vacate the title after having made five successful defenses.

Navarrete stated that he's leaving the weight class "because the requirement to make the weight limit of the division was increasingly requiring more sacrifice."

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The boxer also made a request to "be ranked as number 1 at 126 pounds and immediately fight for the world title of this division, which will be vacant, against the highest ranked available contender."

The sanctioning body has a governing rule, where a fighter who decides to vacate his title is automatically given the option of being the highest ranked challenger, in a new division, if the fighter is indeed dropping the title to move up in weight.

The WBO world featherweight champion is Shakur Stevenson, who recently made it clear that he's dropping the title to move up in weight to 130-pounds.

Currently, the top five WBO featherweights are Michael Conlan (13-0, 7 KO's), Rubén Villa (18-0, 5 KO's), Ryan Walsh (26-2-2, 12 KO's), Jessie Magdaleno (28-1, 18 KO's) and Musashi Mori (11-0 , 6 KO's).

Navarrete arrived on the world scene when he conquered the WBO super bantamweight championship on December 8, 2018 in New York, winning by unanimous decision over then undefeated Isaac Dogboe.

Between 2019 and February 2020, he defended his title against Dogboe, Francisco de Vaca, Juan Miguel Elorde, Francisco Horta and Jeo Santísima. All of those defenses were resolved by knockout.

In his most recent presentation in the ring, on June 20, he knocked out Uriel López in six rounds. That stay busy fight was contested at the featherweight limit, in what was the first chapter of the live boxing series "VolvemosConPunch" - presented by Zanfer Promotions at the TV Azteca studios at CdMx.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by MxicoFistology on 07-13-2020

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;20653166]How? Different weight classes and Inoue isn't moving up until he becomes undisputed at 118. I doubt Nav can make 122 for that much longer.[/QUOTE] Im guessing you’ve been living under a rock or are just a casual fan to…

Comment by Citizen Koba on 07-12-2020

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20654200]He has a multiple bout contract with a major network, ESPN. Maybe also with TV Azteca too. He has defended his title against an opponent of high recognition. He has a good record and has beat opponents with good records.…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 07-12-2020

[QUOTE=Pantera_;20653992]Ruben Villa is the truth I hope he gets some spotlight soon.[/QUOTE] I'm surprised he or his promoters haven't said a word about this. Are they just going to accept getting skipped over?

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 07-12-2020

[QUOTE=Citizen Koba;20654157]Huh? Nah, best I can tell Navarette doesn't meet[I] any[/I] of the requirements for Super status (and the WBOs super status is more like a lifetime achievement award)...[/QUOTE] He has a multiple bout contract with a major network, ESPN.…

Comment by Citizen Koba on 07-12-2020

[QUOTE=Pantera_;20653990]Wow I'm looking forward to seeing him at 126 I just hope he doesn't fight someone outside the top 5 for the belt.[/QUOTE] I look forward to seeing him at 126 too, and I think he can make waves, I…

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