Emanuel Navarrete was a complete unknown and expected fodder when he stepped up to challenge Isaac Dogboe for the WBO Super-Bantamweight Title last December.
The London-based Ghanaian was an emerging star, but got battered for 12 rounds and looked a sorry state when the final bell when rang as Navarrete won on points.
Cue an immediate rematch last Saturday, with the African’s team posting a list of excuses and promises of why the result would be different.
It was almost a carbon copy as the Mexican retained his title when Dogboe was rescued by his dad, Paul, who in the final round decided the towel had to be thrown in.
His act of mercy could have been done after round nine, with Dogboe totally outgunned against his old rival.
It looks bleak for Dogboe and at just 5ft 2in it's hard to see what he can achieve at Featherweight, a switch he announced while tending his bruises in the ring.
For Navarrete, a ridiculously huge 5ft 7in for a 122lb fighter the only way is up after taking his record to 27-1 (23 KOs).
One thing Mexican boxers can do better than most is throw uppercuts and there isn’t a rival at Super-Bantamweight who can land that with such force as Navarrete.
Navarrete’s face is hard, life has been tough and do not back against him now he has made a breakthrough. It was sickening watching the damage his shots did to Dogboe and that diamond punch will hurt plenty more ring gems.
A clash against WBC king Rey Vargas would be like a battle of the giants, both are huge for the weight. You can only guess what they would weigh on fight night.
What an attraction for Mexican fans between two boxers who have 60 wins between them - 45 by KO.
IBF and WBA Champion Daniel Roman is also a mouthwatering fight. The California man loves action and his recent unification with over TJ Doheny is a Fight of the Year contender.
The division could become even more sexy if naturally smaller, but brilliant Naoya Inoue decided to step up after the Bantamweight World Boxing Super Series concludes later this year.
The Super-Bantamweights could be heading back to around 20 years ago when Marco Antonio Barrera, Junior Jones and Manny Pacquiao were ruling the division.
And if the 122lb business is getting real again, Navarrete is showing why he might just be the last man standing.