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Navarrete vs. Berinchyk: Betting Odds, Where to Watch and My Best Bet

On Saturday, May 18, at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California, Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete will face Denys Berinchyk in a 12-round lightweight bout for the vacant WBO World title. Check the latest Boxing odds.

With championships obtained in three weight classes, Mexico’s Navarrete has one goal this weekend… a fourth weight class and a fourth title as he seeks pound-for-pound respect and big-named opponents.

Navarrete vs. Berinchyk: Betting Odds, Where to Watch and My Best Bet
Emanuel Navarrete | Michael Owens/Getty Images/AFP

Is the unbeaten Ukrainian a good boxing bet this weekend? Find out with our detailed breakdown and preview of the WBO lightweight championship bout between Navarrete and Berinchyk.


  • Date/Time: Saturday, May. 18, 2024 – 09:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Pechanga Arena, California
  • Promotion: Top Rank
  • Scheduled Bouts: 9
  • How to Watch: Box Live
  • Main Event Bout: Emanuel Navarrete vs. Denis Berinchyk
  • Co-Main Event Bout: Giovani Santillan vs. Brian Norman Jr.



Emanuel Navarrete on Fast Track to Four-Weight Glory?

Mexico’s Emanuel Navarrete has been sailing through weight classes like there’s no tomorrow. With a 38-1-1 record, the 29-year-old has collected bantamweight, featherweight, and super featherweight championships, and he’ll make the leap to 135 pounds this weekend in an attempt to claim yet another piece of gold in a new division.

Let’s keep it real: Navarrete’s career management perfectly directed his path to potentially becoming a four-weight champ. He’s avoided the likes of Stevenson, Lomachenko, and “Tank,” and in this weight class, the inexperienced Berinchyk is unquestionably the simplest path to obtaining championship status.

Here’s a look at some boxing odds to consider!

Denis Berinchyk: The Undefeated Underdog

Former Olympic silver medallist and undefeated lightweight pro Denis Berinchyk, the underdog in this clash, once held the European strap at 135 lbs. This Saturday marks his first time competing for a world title after he dispatched Anthony Yigit to earn this position.

Navarrete has certainly reached a tipping point at lightweight, but does Berinchyk have the smarts to stunt the Mexican’s quest to become a four-weight world champion? Based on the level of opposition he’s faced, we’d have to say no… Regarding talent, yes, and the +450 betting line is certainly overzealous, considering the unknowns.

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What Navarrete Said

In a recent interview with BoxingScene, Navarrete expressed his desire to compete in high-level fights versus Top Rank greats such as Davis, Lomachenko, and Stevenson.

We’ve worked hard to get here. We’ll be looking for those fights, without a doubt. There is a desire for those high-level fights. I feel like I need that in my career and that last vote of confidence and acceptance. Those fights will give me that. My work speaks for itself. I feel good, calm, strong, and confident.”


Pro Record
Win/Loss (Last 5)
WBO World (Super Featherweight) 
Championship Titles
184 days
266 days
12 years
8 years


At which point do we accept that Navarrete cannot continue finding success in higher-weight classes? I understand his desire for high-profile bouts, but can you imagine the beatings that Shakur, Tank, or Loma would put on him?

This doesn’t stem from a place of disrespect. I don’t think selecting the lightweight division was smart, and he should’ve asserted dominance and sought undisputed status in his previous divisions. After all, we’ve already seen signs of him being matched at higher weights, and that power and fight-ending potential haven’t been as potent.

At 135, he just isn’t going to be the same fighter. Sure, his unorthodox approach and slick angles from which he attacks are great, but lightweights will put it on him. The question is, can Berinchyk be that guy?

With his KO potential expected to fade at lightweight, Navarrete still has the work rate and diverse skill set to win over Berinchyk. I think the Mexican team knows this, as they’ve opted for a title bout involving an opponent boasting a lack of high-level experience.

Berinchyk is methodical and has played it cool during his professional career; he’s about keeping his hands up, avoiding damage, and scoring points. Unfortunately, I believe this style could allow Navarrete to find success that he wouldn’t in any other title fight in this division.


  • Berinchyk is undefeated as a professional
  • Navarrete has gone the distance in three of his previous five bouts
  • Navarrete makes his lightweight debut
  • Berinchyk has gone the distance in three consecutive bouts

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Ultimately, the boxing betting odds don’t reflect Berinchyk’s potential for success. However, I don’t think he possesses enough aggression that will be needed to prevent Navarrete from scoring rounds and passing the eye test.

That said, the total holds more value than what I anticipate could result in a split decision for either fighter. Berinchyk is defensively sound, and the lightweight division isn’t going to provide the knockouts Navarrete once found so easily.

From a betting perspective, I won’t be touching Navarrete as a lightweight, especially with a -700 price tag as he makes his divisional debut. He does have advantages, most notably high-level experience, this weekend, but I believe the over 10½ is a solid boxing pick as I’d rather back the known durability as opposed to the unknown Navarrete at lightweight.

In conclusion, the over is the play, but I wouldn’t be mad at anyone for taking a sprinkle on Berinchyk… it’s a possible outcome for sure!

My Best Bet: Over 10½ Rounds (-190)



Questions Of The Day

Where can I watch Navarrete vs. Berinchyk?

The main card kicks off at 11 p.m. ET, with Navarrete and Berinchyk expected to make their ring walks around 1 a.m. ET. US residents can see the broadcast on ESPN+, which begins with the undercard at 9 p.m. ET.

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