Nonito Donaire defended his WBC and WBO 118-pound titles against Omar Narvaez with a shutout decision on Saturday, but THE RING’s No. 1-rated bantamweight was unable to put on the show he wanted to in his New York City debut.
Donaire (27-1, 18 knockouts), who won by unanimous scores of 120-108, was the aggressor throughout the bout and he soundly outworked Narvaez in every round. However, the 36-year-old veteran’s vast experience and savvy southpaw style made it difficult for the 28-year-old talent to zero in with his vaunted power punches.
Narvaez (35-1-2, 19 KOs), a 115-pound belt holder from Argentina, bothered Donaire with his constant lateral movement and educated right jab. The high guard of the former longtime flyweight beltholder blocked most of Donaire’s combinations, which were delivered straight down the pike.
It was a frustrating night for Donaire.
“Now I know how Manny Pacquiao felt against (Joshua) Clottey,” he said during his post-fight interview on HBO, which televised the bout live in the U.S.
“I did everything I could. He may be great in Argentina but he didn’t come to fight today.”
Donaire’s thoughts are already focused on tomorrow. The former flyweight titleholder says he’s moving up in weight.
“I’m definitely moving to 122 (pounds),” he said.
Potential opponents for Donaire next year include WBO titleholder Jorge Arce and WBC belt holder Toshiaki Nishioka.
A full post-fight report will be filed by Lem Satterfield.
Photo by Chris Farina-Top Rank.