And still, the WBO junior bantamweight champion. And still, a dominant fighter, at least when he fights below 118 pounds. And still, only an attraction in his home country in Argentina.
All of these things remain true for Omar Narvaez (41-1-1, 22 knockouts), who retained his 115-pound world title for the ninth time on Saturday night with a seventh-round TKO of David Carmona (16-2-4, 8 KOs) at Villa La Ñata Sporting Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The time of stoppage wasn’t immediately known.
Narvaez, despite being 16 years older than the challenger at 38, was able to impose his strength and experience on the Mexico City native. Carmona entered the WBO rankings by winning a minor youth title, but had no notable wins heading into the fight.
Fighting from a crouched position, the southpaw Narvaez was able to neutralize Carmona’s left jab by holding his right hand high. With Carmona’s primary weapon rendered obsolete, Narvaez pressed forward with impunity, using his awkward swings to penetrate Carmona’s porous defense.
An overhand left from Narvaez seemed to produce a knockdown in right one but was ruled a slip by the referee.
Narvaez’s body work became a factor beginning in the third stanza, as Carmona struggled to find the space to operate. A right hook to the body visibly affected Carmona in that round, leaving him vulnerable for Narvaez’s left crosses.
Things only got worse as the rounds progressed. Two minutes into round six, a straight left hand to Carmona’s midsection produced the first knockdown of the fight. Carmona rose up at nine but was pummeled for the remainder of the round in such a manner that a 10-7 score wouldn’t be excessive.
The proud challenger came out with a final stand in round seven, but after a pair of left crosses left Carmona once again compromised, the corner made the responsible decision to stop the fight.
Narvaez is rated No. 1 by THE RING at 115 pounds and is a former WBO flyweight titleholder. Narvaez has now won six straight since his lone defeat, a unanimous decision loss to Nonito Donaire Jr. in 2011 in his only appearance on American soil.