Christopher Diaz, who had challenged for the vacant WBO Super Featherweight title in 2018, gets another chance at a title when he takes on defending WBO featherweight champion Emanuel Navarrete on Saturday. The 12-round bout is part of an eight-flight card scheduled for Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla. The event gets underway at 9 p.m. ET. This will be Navarrete's first WBO featherweight title defense. He successfully retained his WBO junior featherweight crown five times.
Navarrete enters as a -800 favorite (risk $800 to win $100), while Diaz is at +550 in the latest Navarrete vs. Diaz odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total rounds expected is set at 10.5. Before locking in any Diaz vs. Navarrete picks, make sure you check out the boxing predictions from SportsLine combat sports analyst Brandon Wise.
Wise, who is the combat sports editor for CBS Sports, first made an impact with SportsLine members with his UFC and MMA predictions, providing additional value because of his knack for not only predicting winners but nailing the method of victory as well.
Since the UFC returned in May 2020 following a six-week period of inactivity due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wise has gone 68-45-2 while nailing the method of victory 50 times. At UFC 256, Wise went 4-0-1 (the main event was a draw) and correctly nailed the method of victory in three of those winners.
Wise also is an experienced boxing analyst and has produced similar results with his predictions. Just three weeks ago, Wise told SportsLine members to back Jamel Herring (+105) against Carl Frampton (-125) for the WBO junior lightweight title. Anyone who has followed Wise's combat sports selections has seen massive returns.
Now, with Saturday's showdown fast approaching, Wise has studied Emanuel Navarrete vs. Christopher Diaz from every angle, identified the best value in the boxing odds and released highly confident picks. Head to SportsLine to see all of his boxing picks.
Emanuel Navarrete vs. Christopher Diaz preview
Wise notes that Navarrete enters the fight with a number of advantages, including an edge in height and reach. Navarrete is 5-foot-7 with a reach of 72 inches, while Diaz is 5-foot-6 with a reach of 64 inches.
Although both boxers have had a lot of success with their power with Diaz recording 16 wins by knockout and Navarrete 27 by KO, neither has recorded a knockout in over a year. Navarrete's last came in February of 2020, while Diaz's last KO was in November of 2018.
Diaz is 10-2 in fights that have come down to a decision, but is 2-2 in his last four bouts decided that way. Fortunately for him, he is on a two-fight win streak with his latest victory coming against American Jason Sanchez last June.
Navarrete is 5-1 in decisions, but has won his last five that way. Now Navarrete faces a determined foe. Wise is only sharing his coveted picks here.
How to make Diaz vs. Navarrete picks
Wise likes the over 10.5 total rounds. He's also made the call on which fighter has more value on the money line, and has locked in a strong prop pick that brings a plus-money payout. You can see all of his picks and analysis here.
Who wins Diaz vs. Navarrete? And which prop is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Brandon Wise's best bets for Saturday, all from the CBS combat sports specialist who was all over Jamel Herring's win, and find out.