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BREAKING | Navarrete stops Elorde misery in 4th

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By Ponciano “John” Melo Jr.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — It was a masterclass from the defending Mexican champion.
Juan Miguel Elorde, the grandson of Filipino boxing legend Gabriel “The Flash” Elorde, hit a rough patch on his way towards boxing glory under the renowned Elorde name.
This after Emanuel Navarrete put on a show on Mexican Independence Weekend, breezing through the Filipino en route to a 4th round TKO at the T-Mobile Arena, Sunday Manila time.
Navarrete retained his WBO super-bantamweight agains the Pinoy challenger after a sweeping right hand that finally put an end to the onslaught.
The Mexican champ moves up to 29-1 with 25 KOs after referee Russell Mora stopped the bout 26 seconds into the fourth round of a fight that acted as a swift precursor between the heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Otto Wallin.
It was never meant to last.
Elorde, who stood toe-to-toe with Navarrete in the first round, stalked his opponent and waited for his foe to commit a mistake, only before the Mexican hit his stride in the second round after a left uppercut and a series of combinations.
It only went to the deciding fourth, however, when Elorde was saved by the bell after a technical knockdown before the 3rd round, leaning on the ropes to keep him up.
“Im happy that I put on a great performance,” said Navarrete after the bout.
“Hopefully my opponent is okay. But I’m proud to win in my first Las Vegas show, and to do it during Mexican Independence. Viva MExico!” he added.
Asked about the referee stoppage, the Mexican says that it was the right thing to do, this amid the Elorde’s corner was reportedly heard saying to the referee that if the Filipino was hurt further, they’re stopping the fight.
But even after a valiant stand from the younger Elorde, actually tagging Navarrete with a right in opening seconds of the fourth, the Mexican was too strong, too good and too much for the 32-year-old Pinoy.
“Most importantly it was a good performance, the ref did a good choice. At the end of the day, I came away with the hardfought victory,” said Navarrete in Spanish.

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Fil-Brit Tiktoker Salt Papi puts the world on notice in latest boxing win

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Fil-Brit Tiktoker Salt Papi puts the world on notice in latest boxing win

A new Pinoy boxer rising? This might be the case if we’re talking about the social media influencers-turned-boxers.

Tiktoker Salt Papi was the talk of the town after his vicious knockout against Youtube sensation Josh Brueckner, a taller, bigger guy.

The Filipino-British boxer landed a perfect right hand right to the face of Brueckner in just the first round.

They served as an undercard of KSI vs. Faze Temperr.

Pro boxer and rising star Ryan Garcia was impressed by Salt Papi’s victory convincing him that the latter should next face Jake Paul.

They are both undefeated in boxing and all of their wins are via knockout.

After the victory, Salt Papi posted a video clip on his Instagram showing a comparison of his knockout to Manny Pacquiao’s iconic KO hit to Ricky Hatton.

The post received lots of comments including boxing’s only eight-division world champion himself.

Pacquiao wrote on the comment “Pwede Na” in which Salt Papi replied with a “salamat po.”

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Jon Jones takes on Ciryl Gane in heavyweight championship

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Jon Jones takes on Ciryl Gane in heavyweight championship

In a shocking announcement, Jon Jones confirmed that he is upping his division and will fight Ciryl Gane for the UFC heavyweight world title.

The development was leaked after T-Mobile Arena displayed an ad about the fight that was later on confirmed by the former pound-for-pound UFC fighter.

“Day one of four, just a few weeks out from my first heavyweight championship against Ciryl Gane,” said Jones.

The mega-bout is expected to take place on UFC 285. Jones has been out of the Octagon for almost three years now.

“Absolutely, I’d love to have Henry [Cejudo] coaching me for this Ciryl Gane fight. Hopefully our schedules can align and we can get on the same page,”  said Jones.

“Bones” Jones at the age of 35 has a record of 26 wins, one loss, zero draw, and one no contest.

While Gane has 11 wins, one loss and zero draw.

The date of the collision has yet to be announced as of writing.

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Pacquiao signs with Rizin for more exhibition bout

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Pacquiao signs with Rizin for more exhibition bout

Boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is set to continue putting on the gloves as he surprisingly signed under Japan’s Rizin Fighting Federation.

The MMA promotion made it known through their social media with details that the former Philippine senator will box this year against a Japanese fighter.

He recently came back to the sport with an exhibition bout against Korean YouTuber DK Yoo.

“I have agreed with Rizin to fight next year. That date will soon be announced, and also my opponent that Rizin will choose, and I’m open and excited to fight a Japanese fighter,” Pacquiao said during his signing with Rizin.

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