- Navarrete vs Santisima takes place Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00 pm EST
- Can Navarrete continue his reign of terror or will Santisima prove the oddsmakers wrong?
- Check out the fight odds, the sweet science breakdown, and my prediction below
Navarrete vs Santisima goes down at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 22. The WBO world super-bantamweight title is up for grabs. Navarrete is the reigning world titlist and looks to ward off the efforts of WBO Oriental titlist Santisima. This bout could be the main event of most cards but it will actually take place underneath the Wilder vs Fury rematch that tops the marquee. Navarrete has seemed unstoppable since his pair of wins over the well regarded Isaac Dogboe. It is the task of the Filipino challenger to make this bulldozer of a champion look human.
Navarrete vs Santisima Odds
Odds taken Feb. 18th
Santisima had a recent stop in Los Angels to train at Freddie Roach’s gym prior to journeying towards Vegas. The benefits of being at the Wild Card boxing gym in Hollywood are obvious and the challenger is certainly doing his due diligence to be optimally prepared ahead of this one.
Santisima understands the rhetoric out there that he’s this massive betting underdog (some outlets giving him less than an eight percent chance to win). Which makes it kind of apropos that he beat a fighter named Goodluck because public perception seems to be that he’ll need just that against Navarrete. This seems to embolden him to triumph rather than be some source of insecurity.
One Streak Has to End
Navarrete’s lone career defeat happened nearly eight years ago. Since then, he has amassed a 25-fight win streak with 21 KO wins across those fights. Navarrete has an overall KO rate of 87 percent and is looking to extend his streak of consecutive stoppages to five this weekend. Santisima is no slouch in that department either and has an 84 percent knockout rate. The contender has also amassed a streak of 17 consecutive W’s after overcoming a middling career start of 2-2 after four fights. The potential for a big unification bout can very much await Navarrete if he secures another impressive KO in his next fight.
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Navarrete is looking to impress in his first out of the year after a stellar 2019 campaign. A year that saw him put together four wins, all via stoppage. He will start the calendar year by trying to halt the progress of a prospect who hasn’t been beaten since May 2014. When discussing this next fight, Navarrete has spoken to media and expressly indicated that he wanted to become the first boxer to knock out Santisima.
Navarrete vs Santisima Tale of the Tape
|Isaac Dogboe, Francisco De Vaca, Francisco Horta||Significant Wins||Likit Chane, Goodluck Mrema, Rene Dacquel|
Pick: Emanuel Navarrete (-2250)