Emanuel Navarrete, a two-weight world champion, will compete on February 3 against Australian Liam Wilson for the vacant WBO World super-featherweight title in an effort to become a three-weight titleholder.
Navarrete, a Mexican fighter from San Juan Zitlaltepec, captured the WBO junior super-bantamweight title from Isaac Dogboe in December 2018 and successfully defended it five times in a nine-month period, making him the most active reigning world champion and earning the moniker “Iron Man.”
In October 2020, Navarrete outworked Ruben Villa to win the vacant WBO featherweight championship, which he has since successfully defended three bouts. After a sluggish start when he returned to the ring in August, he recovered to brutally body-punch his compatriot Eduardo Baez in the sixth round.
One of the best offensive fighters in the sport, Navarrete is a pushover who throws punches from all directions. He delivered 979 punches throughout the course of 12 rounds in his championship defense victory over Joet Gonzalez in October 2021, including 104 in the last round. He can take it as well as give it, and he hits hard.
Wilson, an Australian fighter from Caboolture, is ranked third by the WBO. Although he has never competed outside of his native nation, he will travel the 8,000 miles in the hopes of pulling off a spectacular upset. After Oscar Valdez sustained a training injury, the 26-year-old from Queensland stepped up to take on Navarrete, and he enters the fight with momentum on his side.
In March 2022, Wilson avenged his July 2021 fifth-round TKO loss to WBO Asia Pacific champion Joe Noynay with a second-round knockout thanks to his “left hook from hell.” In June, he maintained his winning streak by defeating former world championship contender Matias Rueda in a 10-round unanimous decision.
Liam Wilson is comparable to Navarrete in that he likewise has a quick, painful straight right hand and a beautiful left hook that can instantly finish off opponents. His inside work is where he excels because he can land that left hook to the body, move from orthodox to southpaw, and score knockdowns from either position.
Emanuel Navarrete vs Liam Wilson Fight Information
- Date: 02/03/2023
- Time: 11:00 PM ET
- Location: Desert Diamond Arena.
- How to Watch Navarrete vs Wilson: ESPN+
- Live Stream: sho.com
Navarrete vs Wilson Betting Lines
Wilson is +700 according to our Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $700. On the other side, Navarrete is –1400 according to the Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $7.14.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Wilson at a 12.50% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Navarrete have 93.33% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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