Kirilov Defeats Navarro
Super flyweight Dimitri Kirilov (29-3, 9 KOs) defeated Jose Navarro (26-3, 12 KOs) on Satrurday night at the Khodynka Ice Palace, in Moscow, Russia, to win the vacant International Boxing Federation super flyweight title. Kirilov, 28, eeked out a close unanimous decision by the scores of 116-112, 114-113 and 114-113. In the early going, Kirilov had trouble trying to solve Navarro’s southpaw style, which included a lot of lead lefts and a high volume workrate. Aside from a flash knockdown of Navarro in the 3rd round when Kirilov caught him with a right hand as he was attempting a punch, Navarro won rounds 1-2, 4-5. The bout changed directions starting in the fifth round after a hard headbutt by Kirilov opened up a cut under Navarro’s right eye.
The cut had an effect on Navarro, making him a little less active and allowing Kirilov to get into the fight. From that point on, both fighters traded rounds with excellent toe to toe action until the 11th round. With the fight on the line, Kirilov rallied to win the last two rounds of the fight behind his powerful right hand. Navarro, though, made it very close and landed the more numerous shots, but none of them were thrown with the power of Kirilov’s right hand.
Kirilov, trained by Freddie Roach, showed little in the way of defense and was hit pretty much at will by the 26-year old Navarro. However, Kirilov’s offense was essentially his best defense, for when he was in the attack mode there was very little that Navarro could do offensively due to the massive shots that were coming at him.