Emanuel Navarrete overcame an early injury to battle out a 12th round knockout over Jose Sanmartin and claim the interim WBA super bantamweight title.
With 46 seconds remaining of the final round, Navarrete unleashed a powerful body shot which proved to be sufficient to slay Sanmartin in front of his home supporters in Mexico.
Victory was all the more impressive for the 23-year-old after he damaged his left hand in the fourth round, and handed the initiative to Sanmartin.
I don’t think Sanmartin threw more than ten punches that round, absolute beatdown by Navarrete.
— Gennady Joelovkin (@theJoekes) June 3, 2018
The Colombian took control of proceedings with his straight arms and hooks, although Navarrete attempted to keep him at a distance with his job.
With victory looming for Sanmartin, Navarette’s corner urged him to go for broke and he did just that – throwing a succession of combinations in the 11th which saw him dominate the round.
As the clock ticked down, Navarette connected with a hook to the body which saw Sanmartin hit the canvas and fail to meet the referee’s 10 count.