WBO super featherweight champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (38-1-1, 31 KOs) had to settle for a twelve round majority draw against challenger Robson Conceicao (17-2-1, 8 KOs) in their co-feature bout on Thursday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Navarrete looked slowed tonight and was beaten to the punch throughout the fight with the 2016 Olympic gold medalist Conceicao. What saved the chunky-looking Navarrete from losing were knockdowns in the fourth & seventh rounds.
The scores were 114-112 for Navarrete, 113-113 and 113-113.
Conceicao responded well after being dropped and took the fight to Navarrete, backing him up and landing clean.
In the later rounds, Navarrete came on to get the better of the exhausted 35-year-old Brazilian Conceicao. Navarrete appeared to have Conceicao close to being knocked out in the eleventh round. Conceicoao bounced back and fought well in the 12th to finish strong.