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Navarrete Still Hoping For Unification, Not Against Facing Shakur Stevenson

Emanuel Navarrete (32-1, 28 KOs) returned to the ring last month in a stay-busy fight in Mexico, as he tested the waters in the featherweight division.

The current WBO super bantamweight world champion is still hoping to get one of the other champions in the ring for a high-stakes unification.

He admits that it wasn't easy to prepare himself during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"It was very complicated to make a preparation in the midst of the pandemic, but you have to keep going. I felt good and there were things that we have to correct in the next preparation. I am very happy that I was considered for the return of boxing," Navarrete acknowledged in an interview on the ' Boxeo a la Carrera ' podcast.


Navarrete had recently made it known that he would consider a fight with Naoya Inoue, who holds the WBA, IBF world titles at bantamweight, Inoue is open to having that contest as well, but doubts the Mexican fighter will be around long enough at 122-pounds.

"I have said it and I will say it again, if there is a unification we will wait [before deciding to move up]. Depending on the negotiations we will stay [at 122] or we won't, but if there is nothing concrete and we see everything being too far away I will go up to featherweight without any problem," Navarrete said.

Another option that he doesn't rule out, is facing the WBO champion at 126-pounds, undefeated Olympian Shakur Stevenson. There is also the possibility that Navarrete will wait for Stevenson to move up to 130-pounds, which may happen soon, because that will allow the Mexican slugger to fight for the vacant title.

"I do not shy away from any champion, it would be a great fight [with Stevenson]. My intention is to continue breaking forward as I have been doing up until this point," Navarrete said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 07-12-2020

[QUOTE=Zaroku;20653076]I love Puerto Rican’s. Great champions You guys fight good. Real good ..[/QUOTE] Thank you my friend, I feel with honor. I am in gratitude.

Comment by Zaroku on 07-12-2020

[QUOTE=Dasmius Shinobi;20650570]Navarrete option are very good, but still I prefer those unification in the 122 lbs first, apparently that is wishful thinking of me. :boxing:[/QUOTE] I love Puerto Rican’s. Great champions You guys fight good. Real good ..

Comment by Califire209 on 07-12-2020

[QUOTE=Mick Higgs;20650468]Is Gary Russell still active?!![/QUOTE] Actually he has been before this covid-19 epidemic he fought in Feb. I believe

Comment by Fair2most on 07-10-2020

I’d love to see this matchup. Won’t be a boring fight!

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 07-10-2020

Navarrete option are very good, but still I prefer those unification in the 122 lbs first, apparently that is wishful thinking of me. :boxing:

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