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Donaire faces an old small guy in 36-year-old Narvaez in New York on October 22

Nonito DonaireBy Chris Williams: Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KO’s) is facing one more small guy in his next fight on October 22nd before moving up in weight to the super bantamweight division to chase a small handful of names in that weight class. Before doing so, Donaire takes on a 36-year-old super flyweight with limited height, reach, speed and experience in Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KO’s) at the MSG – WaMu theater, in New York, New York.

Donaire, 5’7″, will tower over the small 5’3″ Narvaez, and will have a considerable advantage in power, speed and of course youth. It’s another great match-up for Donaire, as his Top Rank promoters have pooled from a weight division below Donaire to find this guy.

Although Narvaez currently holds down the World Boxing Organization super flyweight title, it’s no big deal because this division is weak, very weak without any real stars. Why Donaire is fighting a guy from a weight division below him seems to be more of the cause of his management wanting to have the appearance of a competitive fight by putting him in with a guy with an unbeaten record.

However, Narvaez is old, small, and most of his wins have come against little known non-top tier fighters from his home country of Argentina. It’s too bad that Top Rank couldn’t match Donaire against a worthy challenger from his own weight class, like Vic Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko, Abner Mares, or Yonnhy Perez. I’d even be up to watching a rematch between Donaire and Fernando Montiel rather than seeing Donaire face the old, small and slow Narvaez. This is a really fight.


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