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Navarrete vs De Vaca: Live round by round results and discussion

Emanuel Navarrete defends his 122-pound title in tonight’s ESPN main event.

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Round By Round

Emanuel Navarrete vs Francisco De Vaca

Round 1: De Vaca misses on a jab to start the round. Navarrete lands a jab to the body. Navarrete touches the body again with a jab and then throws a short right hand downstairs. De Vaca throws two hooks that don’t land with much authority. Right hand just misses for Navarrete. Now Navarrete lands a right hook to the body, then a uppercut a short time later. Right hand lands downstairs for Navarrete. Navarrete turns southpaw momentarily and De Vaca throws a couple of shots as Navarrete covers up. Left hand lands clean to the head for Navarrete. Right to the body lands again for Navarrete. Navarrete 10-9.

Round 2: De Vaca misses on a jab upstairs. Jab lands clean to the body for Navarrete. Both fighters trade jabs but De Vaca misses on the follow up left hook. Right hand lands upstairs for Navarrete. Right hand lands to the body for Navarrete now, who then throws another combination that ends ith a right hand to the body. De Vaca throws a flurry of punches but I think most of them were ineffective. Left to the body lands for Navarrete. De Vaca throws a few more punches but doesn’t land them clean. Now De Vaca walks into a big shot that puts De Vaca down! De Vaca gets up with a bloody nose and Navarrete goes on the attack. Right hand to the body lands for Navarrete but De Vaca makes it out the round. Navarrete 10-8, 20-17.

Round 3: De Vaca tries to fight Navarrete off of him right away with a flurry of body punches. Navarrete presses back forward and strafes De Vaca with a number of hard shots that hurts De Vaca and has him on the ropes. Right hand lands over the top for Navarrete! Navarrete is putting a beating on De Vaca now and this isn’t good for De Vaca. More clean shots land for Navarrete. Two more head shots land for Navarrete. This is a lot of clean head shots landing for Navarrete and this is getting scary. Now the referee finally steps in to end the fight. Navarrete TKO-3.

Jessie Magdaleno vs Rafael Rivera

Round 1: Rivera lands a jab to the body, followed by a right hook moments later. Magdaleno shoots a straight left downstairs but falls short. Magdaleno jabs to the body this time. Right hook lands for Magdaleno, who then tries to follow it up with another one. Right jab lands for Magdaleno. One-two partially lands for Magdaleno, but Rivera walks through it and lands a straight right hand of his own. Left hook, right hand lands for Rivera. Right hook lands upstairs for Magdaleno. Magdaleno throws a shot to the body and grabs hold of Rivera. Straight left hand lands for Magdaleno following a jab. Magdaleno 10-9.

Round 2: Rivera has a jab picked off by Magdaleno. Magdaleno parries another jab. One-two-one comes from Magdaleno but he doesn’t land it clean. Hard shot from Magdaleno buckles Rivera’s knees! Right hook lands downstairs for Magdaleno. Magdaleno gets back to his jab and then circles the ring before stepping in with a left hand to the body. Rivera charges forward with four punches that hit nothing but air. Magdaleno measures with the jab and then lines up a left hand. Magdaleno ducks a couple of shots from Rivera and then walks out the clock. Magdaleno 10-9, 20-18.

Round 3: Rivera partially lands a right hand to open the round but falls a little off balance. Magdaleno jabs a few times and then ducks the counter from Rivera. Magdaleno lands a jab and then pivots towards center ring. Magdaleno is boxing at a really comfortable pace right now as Rivera isn’t applying enough effective pressure. Now Rivera tries to throw a couple of shots with Magdaleno along the ropes but it’s short lived and Magdaleno gets back to boxing on the outside. Right hook just misses for Magdaleno. Rivera lands a couple of short shots on the inside. Magdaleno 10-9.

Round 4: Magdaleno measures with a few jabs and then throws a sharp one that follows. Rivera pushes Magdaleno back to the ropes and starts letting shots go with both hands. Rivera walks into a straight left hand from Magdaleno. Magdaleno ducks a hook from Rivera and gets back to his jab. Rivera misses on a lead right hand. Counter left hand lands clean for Magdaleno while in the corner. Hard right hand lands clean for Rivera now, who then follows it up with a couple of body shots. During that exchange Magdaleno got caught with a headbutt that leaves a cut on his nose. Hard hooks land for Rivera who has Magdaleno on the ropes. Another right hand lead lands for Rivera, who is showing now respect for Magdaleno’s power. Rivera 10-9, 37-39.

Round 5: Both fighters on a couple of jabs to start the round. Right hand lead falls just short for Rivera but it puts Magdaleno back on the ropes again. Jab and left hand lands for Magdaleno. Rivera lands a shot on the back of the head during a clinch and Magdaleno goes down to the canvas to complain about the shot. Magdaleno counters in the corner and pivots back to center right where he lands a clean right hook to the head and body. Rivera misses on a big left hook to the body. Magdaleno starts jabbing again to establish the distance and then lands one to the body. Magdaleno 10-9.

Round 6: Magdaleno leads with a few measuring jabs as he moves around the ring. Right hand lead lands for Rivera but Magdaleno lands a counter of his own. Counter uppercut lands for Magdaleno at center ring. Magdaleno continues to jab as he times Rivera’s forward momentum which keeps Rivera from getting off punches with any regularity. Short left hand lands for Magdaleno on the inside before the referee calls a break. Magdaleno ducks a series of punches from Rivera in the corner just before the bell. Magdaleno 10-9, 59-55.

Round 7: Magdaleno’s corner want him to keep boxing Rivera. Two jabs come from Magdaleno. Jab lands clean for Magdaleno and Rivera misses on his counter hook. Rivera misses on another big shot and Magdaleno just pivots back to center ring and starts working his jab again. Jab lands to the body lands for Magdaleno. Magdaleno pops a jab and looks to land a one-two just after. Hard shot lands clean for Magdaleno and Rivera is hurt bad! Magdaleno throws a flurry of punches and Magdaleno continues to look for a big shot to put Rivera away. Rivera makes it out of the round with a knockdown. Magdaleno 10-9.

Round 8: Rivera tells his trainer he’s feeling too tight which is keeping him from sustaining any attacks in this fight. Right hook lands for Magdaleno upstairs. Counter left lands clean for Magdaleno again. Magdaleno ducks two big hooks from Rivera and then does a matador dance. Left hand lands for Magdaleno before he ties up Rivera. Right hand partially lands for Rivera as Magdaleno pulls away. Magdaleno pops a few more jabs and then moves laterally across the ring. Counter right hook lands for Magdaleno in the corner. Magdaleno 10-9, 79-73.

Round 9: RIght hand lands for Rivera to start the round but then Rivera walks into a counter that puts him down. Rivera gets up and wants to continue and Magdaleno looks to time another well-placed shot. Counter left hand lands for Magdaleno. Right hand lands to the body for Rivera, who then lands another shot. Rivera charges forward and throws punches with both hands. Big elbow from Rivera makes a big cut on Magdaleno that will probably have to end the fight at first glance. Magdaleno can’t see. It’s over. I’ll score that partial round 10-8 Magadaleno. Magdaleno 89-81.

Tonight at 10 pm ET on ESPN from Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Emanuel Navarrete returns to defend his WBO super bantamweight title in the main event against Francisco De Vaca, with Jessie Magdaleno taking on Rafael Rivera in a featherweight co-feature.

Wil Esco will be here on the round by round call for the main card.

Navarrete is coming in hot with back-to-back wins over Isaac Dogboe in December and May. De Vaca is a bit of an unknown, a 24-year-old fighting out of Phoenix who has never been near the world level.

Magdaleno picked up a win over Rico Ramos in March and now looks to make it two straight against Rivera, who was predictably outclassed in a world title fight against Leo Santa Cruz on Feb. 16 before winning a tune-up bout in May.

There will also be prelim action streaming live on ESPN+ at 6:30 pm ET.

Here’s the full lineup:

Prelims (ESPN+, 6:30 pm ET)

  • Arnold Barboza Jr (21-0, 8 KO) vs Ricky Sismundo (35-14-3, 17 KO), junior welterweights, 10 rounds
  • Janibek Alimkhanuly (6-0, 2 KO) vs Stuart McLellan (27-3-3, 11 KO), middleweights, 10 rounds
  • Chris van Heerden (27-2-1, 12 KO) vs Aslanbek Kozaev (33-2-1, 8 KO), welterweights, 8 rounds
  • Javier Molina (19-2, 8 KO) vs Manuel Mendez (16-5-3, 11 KO), junior welterweights, 8 rounds
  • Dmitry Yun (1-0, 0 KO) vs Javier Martinez (4-6, 3 KO), lightweights, 6 rounds
  • Swing: Elvis Rodriguez (2-0-1, 2 KO) vs Jesus Gonzales (6-2, 2 KO), junior welterweights, 6 rounds
  • Swing: Brian Mendoza (17-0, 12 KO) vs Rosemberg Gomez (20-7-1, 16 KO), welterweights, 6 or 8 rounds

Main Card (ESPN, 10:00 pm ET)

  • Emanuel Navarrete (27-1, 23 KO) vs Francisco De Vaca (20-0, 6 KO), super bantamweights, 12 rounds
  • Jessie Magdaleno (26-1, 18 KO) vs Rafael Rivera (27-3-2, 18 KO), featherweights, 10 rounds

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