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Johnny Navarrete decisions Jorge Paez Jr.

Photo credit: Javier Padilla/El Debate
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Junior middleweight Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. suffered his third consecutive defeat Saturday night in a bout that likely pushed him to finally put his career in perspective.

Paez dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to Johnny Navarrete at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Navarrete, who has won his last four bouts, improves to 33-8-1 (15 knockouts). Paez falls to 39-9-2 (23 KOs).

Paez, the son of the flamboyant former IBF/WBO featherweight titleholder known as “The Clown Prince of Boxing,” has now lost four of his last five bouts.

Navarrete was the more effective fighter during the course of the fight. He was able to get off first, consistently landing right hands to the head of Paez, who looked very sluggish and seemed one step slower than Navarrete.

Scores were 98-92, 97-94 and 96-94 for Navarrete.

After the fight, Paez admitted he is considering retirement.

“This sport is not a game,” said Paez.

In a minor upset, Eduardo Ramirez (19-1-2, 7 KOs) defeated junior featherweight contender Edivaldo Ortega (24-1-1, 11 KOs) by unanimous decision over 10 rounds. Ortega entered the fight unbeaten and ranked No. 8 by the IBF and No. 7 by the WBO.

Former IBF junior bantamweight titleholder Rodrigo Guerrero (25-6-1, 16 KOs) won a stay-busy fight, outpointing Saul Hermosillo (6-15, 1 KO).

Former IBF minimumweight titleholder Mario Rodriguez (19-12-5, 12 KOs) fought to an eight-round draw against Jose Manuel Sanchez (14-2-1, 8 KOs) in flyweight action.

Hard-hitting lightweight Adrian Young (23-3-2, 18 KOs) defeated Carlos Jimenez (10-8-1, 6 KOs) by unanimous decision over eight rounds.



Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.



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