Emanuel Navarrete Explains Why Christopher Diaz is Under More Pressure Going into the Fight

Published 04/23/2021, 6:00 PM EDT


WBO Featherweight Champion, Emanuel Navarrete will enter the ring for the first time this year. ‘Vaquero’ will make the first defense of his belt against the 26-year-old Christopher Diaz. And ahead of the bout, Navarrete has explained why Diaz will be under more pressure.

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The two will fight as the main event of a stacked card on Saturday. Navarrete goes into the bout as the favorite; however, he will face Diaz in Kissimmee, Florida, which is the city where ‘Pitufo’ stays. So despite being champion, ‘Vaquero’ has said that Diaz will be under more pressure.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – JUNE 20: Emanuel Navarrete with his trainer during an unofficial fight At TV Azteca on June 20, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. The event is organized and broadcasted by TV Azteca as part of a TV Show. Sporting events are not permitted in Mexico as a preventive measure to halt the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Jaime Lopez for Zanfer/Jam Media/Getty Images)

The 32-1 boxer spoke to the media at the press conference ahead of the fight and opened up about Diaz getting the majority of the support.

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Even though that you know, 90% of the fans are going to be cheering for ‘Pitufo’, I feel like the pressure is going to be on him because he needs to perform for his people, for his fans.”

This comment from the Mexican showed he is not bothered by whom the fans support. This also revealed the champion’s mindset going into the fight. He seems focused on getting the victory, regardless of who is the favorite.

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What can we expect when Emanuel Navarrete takes on Christopher Diaz?

These comments from the Mexican showed that he is locked in and will go out to make a statement. However, this will not be a straightforward task for ‘Vaquero’. So what can fans expect when the two featherweights meet in the ring?

Although Diaz is the underdog in the fight, he has shown his chin against Shakur Stevenson. The Puerto Rican went 10-rounds with the hard-hitting American. Since then, Diaz has won his next 2 fights by decision. Therefore, he is a tough campaigner.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Emanuel Navarrete (R) punches Jeo Santisima during their bout for Navarrete’s WBO junior featherweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Thus, fans can expect an exciting fight with 2 contrasting game plans. Both fighters have their advantages going into the fight. It will come down to who executes their game-plan better.

What do you make of these claims from Emanuel Navarrete? Do you think he is right in saying Christopher Diaz will be under pressure when they meet on Saturday?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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