Emanuel Navarrete [38-1-1, 31 KOs] and Robson Conceição [17-2-1, 8 KOs] fought to a majority draw in Shakur Stevenson vs. Edwin De Los Santos co-feature on Thursday evening at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Navarrete, the reigning WBO junior lightweight world champion, retained his title in a hard-fought battle. The three-division Mexican champ struggled with Conceição’s movement, but eventually found him in the fourth round with combinations around his guard that dropped the Brazilian Olympic gold medalist.

Conceição showed heart and endurance, returning to exchange in the center of the ring in round five. He often caught Navarrete with counter right hands and seemed to gain momentum, but he was sent to the canvas again in the seventh round.

Conceição thrived in the later rounds, going blow for blow until the final seconds of the twelfth round.

One judge had it 114-112 for Navarrete, which was overruled by two scores of 113-113.

Navarrete said, “The decision is well-deserved. Robson is a great fighter. He left his heart in the ring. There were some details with regard to technique, but we accomplished what we said we would do. We gave a great show for the fans. And, at least, I am very happy to come away with the title.

“He deserves the rematch, but that decision doesn’t depend 100 percent on me. But, if it does happen, I would train even better. He knows how I fight, and I know how he fights, so it would make for an excellent fight.”

Conceição said, “It was a hard fight. He is very strong. It was a difficult. But I know what I did tonight.

“It was a good fight. It deserves a rematch. If we do get the rematch, we will both train harder and will give an even better fight.”


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