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After a relatively slow start, WBO junior featherweight titleholder Emanuel Navarrete overwhelmed Uriel Lopez to score a sixth-round TKO victory in a non-title fight Saturday night at the TV Azteca studios in Mexico City.
Navarrete (32-1, 28 KOs) slowly built momentum and eventually started to overpower Lopez (13-13-1, 6 KOs) in the fourth round, alternating between the orthodox and southpaw stance.
Navarrete, who won his sixth consecutive fight by stoppage, landed punches from all directions. Lopez — who had gone the distance in his previous three fights — was game and willing, but he was no match for the flurry of punches that started coming his way.
Punch StatsPunchesNavarreteLopezTotal landed19049Total thrown571252Percent33%19%Jabs landed4011Jabs thrown177111Percent23%10%Power landed15038Power thrown394141Percent38%27%– Courtesy of CompuBox
“I have the utmost respect for Uriel Lopez,” Navarrete said after the victory. “He put forth a courageous effort, but I was coming to win by knockout. I want to unify titles, but if nobody accepts my challenge, I’ll move up to featherweight.”
Navarrete sent Lopez to the canvas in the fifth round by a swarm of punches. In the sixth, a well-placed right hand to the body knocked Lopez down for the second time, forcing the referee to wave off the fight at 2 minutes, 22 seconds. For Navarrete, it was his sixth fight in the past 13 months.
According to CompuBox, Navarette threw 571 punches, landing 190 of them; Lopez was unable to keep up with that work rate, landing only 49 of 252.