Christopher “Smurf” Díaz he regretted not having achieved the victory against Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete, but he acknowledged that he waged a great battle in the quarrel for the feather scepter of the OMB.
“I’m somewhat disappointed, I really wanted to win, it was an opportunity to (win a) world title,” he commented at the end of the fight. “He is a great boxer (Emanuel), he hit very hard and we both went to war, I had my best fight, I was in great shape, we did everything correctly ”.
The smurf He suffered the first knockout of his career in the last episode, after putting up a great fight. This was the third loss of his career, as he previously fell against Masayuki Ito in 2018 and Shakur Stevenson in 2019.
Navarrete He delivered a harsh punishment in the last round and, with 35 seconds remaining in the last round, knocked him down for the third time in the confrontation.
The Puerto Rican got up, but in the absence of 16 seconds for the bell to ring, his corner decided to end the fight and the Mexican successfully defended his belt.
Response to his detractors
Diaz He acknowledged that he lived up to the moment and silenced the criticism of many who saw him as a weak fighter who could not withstand the power of blows to Navarrete.
“I am not someone weak, I always fight with a lot of heart, I came here to do that,” he said. “I wanted to box with this guy and he is a real problem. He also came to box and caught me. My coach loves me like a son so he was the one who decided to stop the fight.
The cowboy improved to 33-1 (28 KO’s! in what was his first successful defense of the WBO featherweight belt.
Now he could choose to go for the vacant scepter of the FIB in the division or look for Gary Russell Jr (champion of CMB) or Leo Santa Cruz (AMB) for a future belt unification at 126 pounds.