Emanuel Navarrete vs. Ruben Villa is a very intriguing match-up. Navarrete (31-1) has looked sensational in many fights in a row now starting with his first win over Isaac Dogboe. Ruben Villa is undefeated with a record of 18-0 and he is very good technically. One area where Villa might be lacking in is the power department. He does not seem to have power to hurt the elite guys in the division but he is like we said technically very proficient. Navarrete has good punch variation and he has an engine that goes strong for 12 rounds. In fact an interesting point is that Navarrete has been able to stop several guys late in fights which is very impressive. (sign in to view our prediction & pick)
We like Emanuel Navarrete to win the fight. Navarrete is physically stronger, throws more punches and he punches harder by far of the two. For Villa to win this fight, he is going to have to be perfect the whole fight and manage to keep out of the way of Navarrete for the entire fight which we don’t believe that he can. Villa will outbox Navarrete in some rounds but he will not be able to sustain it. Navarrete will ultimately win more rounds and there is reason to believe that his pressure will break down Villa towards the end of the fight. Our Pick is Emanuel Navarrete to win this fight for a price of -250 (1.40 decimal odds). And in case Navarrete breaks down Villa towards the end of the fight, which is something that very well may happen here, you can place a small bet on Emanuel Navarrete to win this fight in Rounds 10-12 for an incredible price of +1600 (17.00 decimal odds).