Emanuel Navarrete proved his first title win against Isaac Dogboe last year was not a fluke as Navarrete won the rematch in even more impressive fashion.
Kicking off a Top Rank on ESPN broadcast from Tucson, Arizona, Navarrete retained his WBO super bantamweight title against Dogboe, beating him in the final round when Dogboe’s corner threw in the towel.
It was a one-sided beatdown from the start of the bout in favor of the champion as Dogboe was quickly hurt from Navarrete’s uppercuts. Dogboe was severely hurt in the second round due to Navarrete’s power shots and was already ready to get dropped. Dogboe managed to stay up, but barely survived the round. What followed was a third and fourth round that also saw Dogboe get dominated and hurt with the referee nearly stopping the fight.
The theme of the fight was Dogboe’s heart refusing him to go down against the taller, longer Navarrete and doing just enough to avoid a stoppage. But Dogboe was never really in contention to win the fight as he never had Navarrete in serious danger.
Dogboe’s corner threatened to stop the fight after the eighth round but the former champion was allowed to continue battling on. The last three rounds played out like the first nine rounds with Navarrete easily overpowering Dogboe. Navarrete scored a knockdown in the 12th round and following the knockdown, Dogboe’s trainer stepped to the canvas and threw in the towel.
The two boxers fought in December 2018 with Navarrete scoring an upset win over Navarrete in the scorecards to win the WBO world title.