‘Epic battle’: Boxing pros react to Emanuel Navarrete’s thrilling win over Oscar Valdez


Emanuel Navarrete and Oscar Valdez put on a brutal show tonight in Glendale, Ariz., with Navarrete retaining his WBO 130 lb title in a classic “Mexican war” style of fight.

Navarrete (38-1, 31 KO) won by decision over 12 rounds, in a fight where he battled through a busted right hand, and Valdez (31-2, 23 KO) valiantly fought through a right eye beaten shut by the later rounds.

“Epic battle,” said featherweight titlist Robeisy Ramirez. “My respect to both of you and my congratulations to Vaquero for his great victory.”

“Navarrete is way better than I gave him credit for. I apologize, big guy,” said trainer Stephen “Breadman” Edwards. “Won’t pick against him again unless he moves up and fights (Shakur) Stevenson. Navarrete is a sum total guy.”

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