Emanuel Navarrete outpoints Joet Gonzalez in entertaining battle

Joet Gonzalez had the guts and decision to press Emanuel Navarrete more difficult than a lot of anticipated Friday in San Diego. He simply didn’t have the punch output to win the battle.

Navarrete, the indefatigable WBO featherweight titleholder, outworked Gonzalez to win a unanimous choice and keep his belt in a busy, give-and-take fight that dissatisfied nobody aside from those linked to the loser.

Ball games were 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112. Boxing Addict scored it 117-111 for Gonzalez, 9 rounds to 3.

Navarrete (35-1, 29 KOs) has actually stopped working to put away just 7 of his challengers in his expert profession, which provides you a concept of how hard Gonzalez (24-2, 14 KOs) was.

The champ tossed 979 punches, according to CompuBox. That generally suffices to use down his opponents and end battles early. Nevertheless, Gonzalez declined to disappear and fired back from starting to end.

And he did so despite the fact that he combated with a bad cut listed below his inflamed right eye and another one near the bridge of his nose for the majority of the battle.

Navarrete was amazed.

“Without a doubt I hurt him but every single time he came back,” the Mexican stated through a translator. “And he also hurt me. A couple of shots he landed hurt me during the fight.”

In the end, nevertheless, Gonzalez couldn’t keep up with among the very best volume punchers in business.

“I think the difference was conditioning,” Navarrete stated. “It was a very close fight, but I think conditioning was the difference between him and me.”

Gonzalez, from the Los Angeles location, believed he did enough to win the battle.

“Honestly, it was a close fight,” he stated. “I felt I had the win. I hurt him in the third or fourth round with a right. His knees buckled. I thought I had the fight 7-5 or 8-4. I’m surprised by that one score, 118-110, I believe.

“But it is what it is. I came and did my best.”

What’s next for both guys?

Navarrete has actually now gone unbeaten because his only loss in 2012 and has actually effectively protected his title 2 times, which follows a champion reign at 122 pounds. He can anticipate more huge battles, which is what he’s after. He even stated he was open to offering Gonzalez a rematch.

Gonzalez has actually now lost 2 title battles in a period of 3 getaways, losing a near-shutout choice versus Shakur Stevenson in October 2019 and to Navarrete on Friday.

Where does he go from here?

“Back to the gym, man,” he stated. “Just keep working, just try to fight the best fighters, try to give the fans a great fight. And hopefully I’ll get an opportunity.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.