Emanuel Navarrete vs. Uriel Lopez: Fight prediction, card, start time, how to watch

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There’s a lot to like about Emanuel Navarrete. The WBO junior featherweight champion puts on crowd pleasing fights and keeps an active schedule, fighting four times in 2019. If there’s one criticism of Navarrete’s recent run, it’s in the quality of opposition.

While some of Navarrete’s more questionable recent opposition at least brought impressive looking records — usually built on wins over lower tier fighters — when he enters the ring in Gimnasio TV Azteca in Mexico City (11 p.m. ET, ESPN), it will to face Uriel Lopez, a fighter who has won less than half of his career fights.

Lopez (13-13-1) has struggled at every level in his career. He lost his first two pro fights and never really got things trending in a positive direction, never winning more than three in a row. He also enters the non-title fight with Navarrete on a three-fight losing skid. For an accurate picture of where Lopez is in his career, those three losses came against:

  • Jeo Santisima, who Navarrete handled with ease in February.
  • Cristian Ramon Cortes Gonzalez, who entered the fight with a 5-14-3 record
  • Alan Salazar, a 10-7-1 fighter

Navarrete (31-1, 27 KO) is a brilliant fighter, as shown in his two fights with Isaac Dogboe, where he won the WBO title and established himself as a world-class talent. Speaking with ESPN, he has laid out some big plans for the coming years.

“Including the belt I have right now at junior featherweight, I want to conquer two more divisions,” Navarrete said. “That’s what I see myself in three-to-five years, becoming a three-division champion.” 

Navarrete vs. Lopez card

Emanuel Navarrete

Uriel Lopez

Junior featherweight

Carlos Ornelas

Edwin Palomares

Super featherweight

Sergio Alfredo Chirino Sanchez

Gustavo Alan Pina


Ivan Armando Garcia Carrillo

Roberto Palomares


Jessica Nery Plata

Edith de Jesus Flores



There’s no mystery to this fight. Navarrete is a truly top-tier fighter and Lopez doesn’t even approach being a C-level talent. Navarette gets the win here whenever he wants. Lopez is fairly tough, having only been stopped three times in his 13 losses, but Navarrete is enough of a talent and has enough power to end it at any moment. Given Navarrete isn’t the type of fighter to play with his food, this should be over early. Navarrete via TKO3

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