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Filipino pug loses world title match

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Las Vegas, United States–Filipino boxer Jeo Santisima failed in his bid to win a world boxing title when he lost to World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight world champion Emanuel Navarrete.

Filipino Jeo Santisima (right) exchanges punches with WBO super bantamweight champion Emanuel Navarrete at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP

Navarrete dominated Santisima on the way to an 11th-round technical knockout Saturday (Sunday Philippine time) to retain his World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight world title.

Mexico’s Navarrete made his fifth defense of the crown in convincing style against the Filipino challenger, who was a heavy underdog fighting for a world title for the first time.

After a conservative start, Navarrete began to ramp up the pressure in the third round.

Santisima managed to back Navarrete into a corner in the fourth, but the champion unloaded on him in a big fifth round, rocking Santisima with a left hook.

Navarrete had Santisima in trouble again in the 10th and finally finished him in the 11th with a series of unanswered blows that prompted referee Russell Mora to wave it off at 2:20 of the round.

The champion’s impressive finish came despite an apparent problem with his right hand.

“I hit him weirdly with my right and I hurt my thumb,” said Navarrete, who switched to a southpaw stance a few times late in the fight. “But I had to plough through it and get the win tonight.

Navarrete improved to 31-1 with 27 wins inside the distance. Santisima fell to 19-3 with 16 knockouts.

The fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was on the undercard of the heavyweight world title rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.


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