Christopher Diaz: Emanuel Navarrete Doesn’t Know My Strength
Ahead of his title fight with Emanuel Navarrete, Christopher Diaz isn’t convinced that his opponent truly knows what he’s in for.
Diaz will challenge Navarrete for the WBO Featherweight Championship on April 24. This will be Diaz’s second shot at a major world title. He fell short in his first opportunity, losing a WBO Junior-Lightweight Title bout to Masayuki Ito back in July 2018.
Speaking to Sara Hernandez, Diaz said he doesn’t believe Navarrete is aware of his strength and hunger going into the title fight (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“Navarrete has to come well prepared. It will be a very tough fight for him and tough for me too. But I think he doesn’t know the strength and hunger that I have.
“I am motivated, well-focused. It’s a 50-50 fight, competitive for both of us. I think I am the most competitive opponent that Emanuel Navarrete has had so far in his career. I’ve fought before against two elite boxers like Shakur Stevenson and Masayuki Ito.”
Diaz then vowed to be a bit wiser than he was against Ito and Shakur Stevenson, the only two losses of his pro boxing career.
“I’m going to be smarter in the ring that night. My fight plan is to try to make him fail, use my movement, and to not take so many punches in order to make a difference in the preliminary rounds.
“I think a lot of leg movement is going to be the key to victory that night since Navarrete cannot fight a boxer who moves a lot on both sides – and I have that ability. It has been my best camp, I am in the best moment of my life as a person, and I think the time has come to shine.”
Navarrete vs. Diaz will air live on the major ESPN network and on FIGHT SPORTS in over 30 countries. Check your local listings.