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Navarrete Moves Up to Lightweight in Pursuit of 4th World Title.

Emanuel Navarrete is on the brink of achieving something truly remarkable in the world of boxing. The Mexican dynamo is set to step into the ring on May 18 in San Diego, aiming to claim his fourth belt before the age of 30. His opponent? Denys Berinchyk of Ukraine, in what promises to be a thrilling encounter atop an ESPN card.

Navarrete’s journey to this point has been nothing short of impressive. With a record of 38-1-1 and 31 knockouts to his name, he has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the ring. Last year, he showcased his skills by outworking the rugged Oscar Valdez and securing a unanimous decision victory. And in a display of resilience, he fought Brazil’s Robson Conceicao to a draw, despite being knocked down twice.

What sets Navarrete apart is his relentless punching onslaught, which he proudly declares as his best defense. In the words of his Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, Navarrete’s style is reminiscent of another boxing legend: Roberto Duran. Known as “Hands of Stone,” Duran dominated the lightweight division for six years before moving up to welterweight and defeating Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980.

In a recent interview, Arum confirmed that Navarrete will be making his lightweight debut, vying for the vacant WBO belt. San Diego, with its vibrant boxing scene and proximity to Navarrete’s hometown of Tijuana, provides the perfect backdrop for this historic moment.

Navarrete’s decision to move up in weight is driven by a desire for stiffer competition. With the likes of Shakur Stevenson and Gervonta Davis in the mix, the lightweight division is brimming with talent, and Navarrete aims to make his mark among them.

As Navarrete prepares for this pivotal moment in his career, fans can expect nothing short of fireworks in the ring. With unbeaten welterweight Giovanni Santillan set to feature as the co-main event, and other top prospects likely to grace the card, May 18 promises to be a night to remember for boxing enthusiasts everywhere.

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