22 Mar

Fanyan: "Can't Say Navarrete is an Overwhelmingly Strong Boxer"

In an interview with the National League of Professional Boxing of Ukraine, WBF world champion in the super lightweight division (up to 63.5 kg) Aram Fanyan (24-2, 6 KOs) shared his views on the fight for the vacant WBO world lightweight title (up to 61.2 kg) between Denys Berinchyk (18-0, 9 KOs) and Emanuel Navarrete (38-1-1, 31 KOs).

"Right now, any fight abroad is a big deal for Ukrainian boxing, especially if it's a fight for a world champion belt. Denys is a versatile boxer, he can fight both orthodox and southpaw, he hits from different angles, he's very fast.

Fighting in the USA is the dream of every boxer because America is the Mecca of professional boxing, and we all want to fight there sooner or later.

Denys has a chance to win because this is boxing, and there's always a chance. I can't say that Navarrete is an overwhelmingly strong boxer, so it all depends on how Denys prepares. Overall, I would rate the boxers' chances as 50-50," said Fanyan.

Previously, the promotional company Top Rank officially announced the Berinchyk vs. Navarrete fight, which will take place on May 18 at Pechanga Arena, San Diego, USA.

Denys Berinchyk and Emanuel Navarrete will fight for the WBO lightweight title, which became vacant after Devin Haney (31-0, 15 KOs) moved to the super lightweight division.

Denys is the official contender, while Navarrete will utilize his "super champion" status at WBO junior lightweight (up to 58.96 kg), which gives him the right to fight for the WBO championship title upon moving up in weight class.