Latest Stories

Nonito Donaire wins dull fight over Omar Narvaez


CHAMPION. Nonito Donaire retained his twin world bantamweight titles. Photo by Top Rank Boxing, Chris Farina

NEW YORK CITY—Bright lights. Big City. Dull fight.

Nonito Donaire Jr. chased an all-too-protective Omar Narvaez for 12 rounds to retain his twin world bantamweight titles with an unexciting unanimous decision victory Saturday night (Sunday Manila time) before a packed but highly disappointed crowd at Madison Square Garden’s The Theatre.

“I’m so sorry. This is Madison Square Garden and you end up with that fight. I was willing to get hit, you saw me open up myself,” said the 28-year-old Donaire, who raised his record to 27-1 with 18 knockouts.

“The fans didn’t deserve it and I apologized deeply for that and to everybody watching. I mean I wanted a knockout, that was the disappointing part of it.”

Donaire was trying to use the bout to gain enough fan base and merit pay-per-view TV coverage in the future.

But the hitherto unbeaten Narvaez (35-1-2 with 19 KOs) was in survival mode throughout and the The Filipino Flash, who won the WBC/WBO titles with a second round knockout of Fernando Montiel, just couldn’t break through his rival’s defense.

“I dropped my hands, give me a straight, one punch, but he didn’t want to take it, you know, he’s (Narvaez) here just to (survive),” said Donaire, who won $720,000, the biggest purse of his career.

“He’s here to get a good payday,” said Top Rank’s Bob Arum, the promoter of the fight that rewarded Narvaez a career milestone take of $250,000.

Judges Julie Lederman, Steve Wisefeld and Dom Schreck all scored it 120-108 for Donaire, who is moving up from 118 to 122 lb when he fights again next year.

The 4,425 spectators booed many times and even chanted “this is b_ll sh_t” as a frustrated Donaire tried to break through the two gloves covering the face of Narvaez.

The Filipino Flash, who had a small welt on the bridge of his nose in the end, tried to encourage an exchange when he dropped his hands in the fourth, but that, too, didn’t work.

Donaire went to the body in the third round, but was discouraged when referee Benjie Esteves issued a warning for low blow.

For all his lack of aggression, Narvaez, clad in glimmering and sequined red trunks, still had the gall to belittle Donaire’s effort.

“I didn’t feel any of his punches, I was never hurt, I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Narvaez said later.

Donaire actually managed to hurt the Argentine with a solid straight to the face in the third and fourth rounds, drawing applause from the crowd. But these merely reinforced Narvaez’s resolve to just put up a defensive wall.

“Maybe that’s it, he was hurt,” said Arum. “And he was never hurt that way before in his career.”

Donaire’s trainer Robert Garcia asked for more body punches but in the 8th round, he instructed Donaire to just coast along.

Later, Donaire, clad in pink socks and black and pink trunks in support of breast cancer awareness, admitted that his legs were already cramping in the eighth round.

He climbed the ring at 130 lb from 116 ¼ in the weigh-in a day before. Donaire threw 666 punches and landed 99 of them (15 percent). He also fired 400 power punches but only 85 of them hit the target.

Narvaez unleashed 299 punches and landed 74 for 25 percent.

During the post fight interview, Donaire asked Arum the possibility of next meeting Jorge Arce. But Arum hinted he was leaning more on a fight with Japanese Toshiaki Nishioka.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Bob Arum , Boxing , Dom Schreck , Jorge Arce , Julie Lederman , Madison Square Garden , Nonito Donaire Jr , Omar Narvaez , Robert Garcia , Sports , Steve Wisefeld , Top Rank Promotions , Toshiaki Nishioka

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FQSKWTPSWWIMIALTO2E6Z2AHIE Tito vicente

    it was a waste of time watching it.  It was like watching the Mohammed Ali fights, where i could say that a fighter is there to win but not to fight, i would say that these fighters are in the category of those who like to play safe, lacking the courage.

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem
  • Tanchanco, former NFA head; 83
  • Pope seeks to bring faith to ‘ends of the Earth’
  • Meteor shower to light up PH skies
  • Positive in UAE, returning Filipino nurse tests negative
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao top Mayweather contender
  • Rain or Shine, Ginebra clash for No. 6 spot
  • Ateneo eyes quarterfinal spot vs Benilde
  • Style contrast marks OneFC ‘Rise of Heroes’
  • ‘Pacquiao a great ambassador for basketball’
  • Lifestyle

  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  • Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  • Entertainment

  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Awarded TV couple brings Jesus’ life to the big screen
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • Marketplace