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Who Won the Weekend? Navarrete Earns Another “W”

Michael Woods

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August is the lightest month, traditionally, for pro boxing, and this one is playing out along traditional lines.

The Facebook Fightnight Live crew offered the most bang for the buck, as we offered up content Saturday at 2 PM, from MGM Springfield, in Mass., then kicked it to UFC Fight Pass for a heavyweight scrap and a light heavyweight title fight, then welcoming viewers back to FNL for three more bouts.

Still, even on thinner weekends, people fight and seek to get that W…and winners and losers separate. Thus, I asked the crew, who won the weekend?

“I’m going “club” on this one and saying Elvis Rodriguez won the weekend,” said Abe Gonzalez. “He is trained by Freddie Roach and has been tabbed by the legendary trainer as one of his top prospects. Elvis delivered on Saturday afternoon by knocking his opponent out in the first round while flashing speed and power. Look out for this kid and add him to your list of ” One to Watch.”

E-Rod got it done at the Top Rank Banc of California Stadium card.

“I know we almost exclusively cover boxing at our site, but I’m going to say Stipe Miocic won the weekend by stopping Daniel Cormier at UFC 242 for the UFC heavyweight title,” said Kelsey McCarson. “Miocic is a solid boxer and maybe now the best heavyweight UFC fighter ever. The only other real candidate to me was Emanuel Navarrete who stopped Francisco De Vaca in three rounds on ESPN, but I’m not sure how much credit I can give to Navarrete for beating a fighter he was clearly many levels above. To me, Navarrete-De Vaca was so expectedly one-sided that the fight should never have been made in the first place. So all hail UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic, a former Golden Gloves winner who is the best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world today.”

What is your take, Jeremy Herriges? “Emanuel Navarrete won the weekend and continued to establish himself as one of the best junior featherweights in the world. Francisco De Vaca wasn’t the best opponent and lacked meaningful experience, but Navarrete did what he needed to do. He blasted out an inferior opponent in three rounds and looked good doing it. In the first round, he showed patience and reserve. Navarrete was content boxing on the outside and attacked when he saw an opening. He did subtle things that prove that he’s more than just a power puncher. Bob Arum’s guarantee that Navarrete will fight on the Fury/Wallin undercard adds to the impact of his weekend victory.”

“Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete put a strong marker down for placement as the No. 1 junior featherweight in the world,” said Anson Wainwright. “He took an unbeaten guys’ record and did it in a manner that a top tier fighter should beat anyone who is lesser than stellar. He left me wanting to see more and looking forward to his next fight. Luckily for me shortly afterwards the Top Rank higher-ups announced he’ll be back on September 14.”

“I think good ole Woodsy, Editor-in-Chief Michael Woods won the weekend,” said John Gatling. “This has been a trying year for journalism, especially text-centric journalism, he deals with that, in addition to the flack that can come with staff writers and related blowback from fighters now and again. How he handled a situational misunderstanding between myself and the great Amanda Serrano was priceless. We’re good, and it was because of the leader!”

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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