[LIVE-TV] Navarrete vs. Diaz Live Stream FREE Reddit TV

by Top Rank
Published: April 24, 2021 (2 months ago)

Christopher Diaz has to this point in his career been a nice, solid, second-tier fighter. Top Rank tried to get a 130 lb belt on him in 2018, but he wasn’t quite up to the task against Masayuki Ito. He moved down to 126 and Top Rank fed him to Shakur Stevenson as a Madison Square Garden showcase. He’s won a couple and now they’re sending him in against Navarrete, who is a good fighter everyone enjoys watching and is still mostly being handled with kid gloves.

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Navarrete has good wins — Isaac Dogboe was a legit titlist, Ruben Villa is a legit good fighter — but this one seems closer to the De Vaca-Elorde-Horta-Santisima run of 2019-20 that had boxing dudes who like to pretend they were around in the 50s making heart eye emjois at the sheer ACTIVITY of it all. Diaz is not a bum, but I don’t think there’s anything he does that’s going to give Navarrete any serious trouble; he’s not as good a boxer as Villa, who did give Navarrete problems. Diaz will hang through the 12 rounds and nick two or three, but there won’t be an argument. Navarrete UD-12

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Emanuel Navarrete has just been cruising along since winning his world title a few years ago, largely dominating his opposition. I see no real need for any of that to change here against an opponent in Christopher Diaz who I think is at least a clear level below Navarrete. Diaz has won two straight against lesser opposition since losing to Shakur Stevenson in 2019 but that streak ends here. I just think Navarrete is better in every department and while he might be inclined to play with his food for a few rounds, I think Navarrete eventually hands Diaz his first stoppage loss.

Emanuel Navarrete returns to defend his WBO featherweight title against Christopher Diaz, with Edgar Berlanga back in the co-feature tonight against Demond Nicholson. Live coverage starts with the undercards at 6 pm ET on ESPN+.

Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round call for the main event and co-feature fights starting at 10 pm ET on ESPN+ and also airing on ESPN. The RBR and all updates beforehand will be in this stream:

Navarrete will be making the first defense of the WBO featherweight title he won last October, with Diaz getting his second crack at a world title, his first coming in 2018 as a junior lightweight.

Berlanga, of course, is riding not just a 16-fight win streak to start his career, and not just all by knockout, but all by first round knockout. Nicholson will be trying to shock the world, which may be as simple as lasting beyond three minutes.

Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz can take comfort in knowing that both career losses came in fights where he was out of his element.

A 12-round unanimous decision defeat to Japan’s Masayuki Ito in their July 2018 WBO junior lightweight title fight was a wake-up call that Puerto Rico’s Diaz (26-2, 16KOs) didn’t have any real business fighting in that weight division. The epiphany was followed by a move back down to featherweight, where he has spent the bulk of his career and failed to win just once—an April 2019 wide points loss to Shakur Stevenson, arguably one of the best defensive fighters in the game today.

Two wins have followed since that debacle as Diaz heads into his second career title fight. It comes versus WBO featherweight titlist Emanuel Navarrete, a no-nonsense fighter who attempts his first title defense this Saturday live on ESPN from Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.

“This time, (Diaz) has the chance to win a world title against the one style who is the complete opposite of Shakur Stevenson,” Carl Moretti, vice president of operations for Top Rank noted during a recent Zoom media conference call.

Diaz knows better than to assume a victory is all but assured, even with the fight playing to the backdrop of a sellout crowd in Boricua-friendly Kissimmee. The atmosphere can create the temptation to play to the cheers and get sucked into a slugfest, though not at all Diaz’s strategy.

Instead, he plans to bring into the ring the lessons he learned in his most humiliating night as a pro to date.

“I prepared myself for this fight, for (4,000) people screaming in the crowd,” notes Diaz, who is coming off of a decisive 10-round unanimous decision win over Jason Sanchez last June in Las Vegas. “Navarrete is going to come forward. Boxing is meant to be hit and not get hit.

The Shakur Stevenson fight…. I learned a lot from that. Shakur Stevenson was intelligent; he fought a smart game plan and took me apart.”

Diaz went back to the drawing board after that fight, beginning with his pitching a shutout against made-to-order Adeilson Dos Santos last January. Five months later, Diaz registered his most significant win in years, soundly outpointing Sanchez—a former title challenger whose lone career defeat came versus then-featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez in June 2019 for the very belt that will be at stake this weekend.

“Jason Sanchez gave Oscar Valdez a good fight, but I never gave him that chance,” notes Diaz. “I made our fight harder for him than it was when he fought Valdez, because I fought my fight.

“I feel perfect, physically and mentally. We did everything we had to in training camp. Nobody is more confident than I am of my becoming champion on Saturday night.”

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