The ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire defends his WBC and WBO bantamweight titles against undefeated Argentinian southpaw Omar Narvaez on Saturday, October 22 at the Madison Square Garden.
Donaire with a record of 26 wins, 1 loss with 18 knockouts makes his first defense of the two belts he won last February with a second round stoppage of Mexico’s Fernando in Las Vegas.
Narvaez, 35 wins, 0 loss with 2 draws and 19 knockouts, is a former Olympian and a former WBO flyweight champion. Narvaez held a flyweight belt from 2002 until 2009.
In May 2010, he won the WBO junior bantamweight belt and has since made three defenses in convincing fashion. He has won 21 fights in a row since a 2003.
Narvaez, making his US debut at age 36, gives up eight years to his Filipino-American rival and is stepping up in weight class to the 118 pound division to face Donaire, who sees his height and reach advantage as minimal edges.
After this fight Donaire is moving up to junior featherweight where plenty of mouthwatering fights await against the likes of Toshioka Nishioka of Japan and Jorge Arce of Mexico which shall be scheduled next year.
Donaire would at least earn US$ 750,000 in this fight with Narvaez.