Belts on The Line
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Who won Navarrete vs Villa?
Emanuel Navarrete beat Ruben Villa by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Friday 9th October 2020 at The Bubble, MGM Grand in Nevada.
The scorecards were announced as 114-112, 114-112, 115-111 in favor of winner Emanuel Navarrete.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 KG).
This contest was for the WBO featherweight championship of the world.
Navarrete vs Villa stats
Back in October 2020, Emanuel Navarrete stepped into the ring with a record of 31 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 27 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Ruben Villa made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 18 wins and 0 draws, with 5 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Navarrete had a massive power advantage over Villa, boosting at 87% knock out percentage over Villa's 28%.
Emanuel Navarrete was the older man by 3 years, at 26 years old.
Navarrete had a height advantage of 1 inch over Villa. That also extended to a 5-inch reach advantage.
Emanuel Navarrete fought out of the orthodox stance, while Ruben Villa was a southpaw.
Navarrete was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 14 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 4 years and 5 months earlier than Villa, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He had fought 83 more professional rounds, 228 to Villa's 145.
Emanuel Navarrete went into the fight ranked number 1 by the WBO at featherweight.
Ruben Villa was ranked number 2 by the WBO in the 126lb division.
Navarrete vs Villa form
Emanuel Navarrete had stopped all of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Victor Uriel Lopez on 20th June 2020 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.
Previous to that, he had beat Jeo Santisima on 22nd February 2020 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBO World Junior Featherweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had won against Francisco Horta on 7th December 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBO World Junior Featherweight championship fight at Auditorio GNP Seguros, Puebla, Mexico.
Before that, he had beat Juan Miguel Elorde on 14th September 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBO World Junior Featherweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
He had defeated Francisco De Vaca on 17th August 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round in their WBO World Junior Featherweight championship fight at Banc of California Stadium, California.
Ruben Villa had beaten 5 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Alexei Collado on 31st January 2020 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Hirsch Coliseum, Louisiana, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Jose Enrique Durantes Vivas on 20th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at La Hacienda Event Center, Texas.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Luis Alberto Lopez on 10th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Omega Products International, California.
Before that, he had beat Ruben Cervera on 11th January 2019 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at StageWorks, Louisiana.
He had won against Miguel Carrizoza on 13th October 2018 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at Salinas Storm House, California.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Emanuel Navarrete had been fighting more than Ruben Villa.
Going to this contest, Emanuel Navarrete had last fought 3 months and 19 days ago, while Ruben Villa's last outing had been 8 months and 8 days ago.
Navarrete's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 1 month and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 28 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.6 rounds on average.
Villa's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 11 months and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 46 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.2 rounds on average.
What time did Navarrete vs Villa start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada, United States, which was around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Navarrete vs Villa?
Emanuel Navarrete was a 33/100 (-300) favourite going into the contest, while Ruben Villa made his way into the ring at 9/4 (+230) with oddsmakers.