Filipino Juan Miguel Elorde showed heart and desire but those were not enough in his attempt to lift off the crown from defending WBO world superbantamweight champion Emanuel Navarrete.
Elorde, 32, stood his ground while being bamboozled by an overpowering Navarrete for three rounds until referee Russell Mora stepped in and halted the match at :26 of round four in a title bout held Sunday morning, Manila time at T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Navarrete started out by throwing numerous jabs as Elorde tried to unleash combinations which mostly hit nothing but air.
Navarrete then opened his toolbox by the second round as he added his potent uppercuts and hooks to his arsenal, making Elorde bleed from his nose.
Elorde got rocked by a solid left to the jaw that saw him fall into the ropes which the referee called as a knockdown a few seconds before the end of round three.
A grandson of the late great Flash Elorde, the 32-year-old Filipino challenger still came out of his corner to start the fourth round seemingly determined to show some semblance of offense and toughness.
But the 24-year-old Navarrete was simply too good and too strong as his right hook, which landed squarely on Elorde’s chin that wobbled the brave but outclassed Filipino fighter, forced Mora to finally call a halt to the bout.
The win raised Navarrete’s record to 29-1, 25 ended via knockout while Elorde saw his 18-fight streak end and is now 28-2, 15 KOs.
The Navarrete-Elorde title match served as the main undercard of the 12-round heavyweight bout between unbeaten lineal kingpin Tyson Fury and Swedish challenger Otto Wallin.
(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website).