WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs) won a lopsided decision over WBO super flyweight king Omar Narvaez (35-1-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night.
So how would Nonito Donaire perform in New York City? Donaire, considered on of the best pound-for pound in the world today, took on undefeated Omar Andres Narvaez. On paper, this was a very good fight. In reality, it stunk.
The blueprint of the fight was apparent very early. Narvaez was in there to survive. He kept his hands up very high and threw very little punches. Once in a while he would try to counter Nonito just to remind everyone we were watching boxing, and not, high speed chess.
Unfortunately, Nonito Donaire did very little to foil Narvaezs' game plan. While this may sound a little peculiar because the The Filipino Flash never stopped throwing punches and never stopped coming forward in the fight. However, this is where the problem arises.
Donaire kept throwing punches to his opponents head, where it was clear that was where he was protecting. Donaire never tried to go to the body, never tried to give angles, turn his opponent. He just kept walking a straight line and wasted energy in an area where Narvaez wanted him to. If this is the work of a top P4P fighter we are in trouble boxing fans.
Since he was only following the dreadful advice of his trainer, Robert Garcia, Donaire cannot be entirely to blame for the stinker we witnessed at the Theater of Madison Square Garden.
Garcia never gave his top fighter the proper instructions to crack the defensive code of Narvaez. He just kept telling him not to get excited and to get closer when he threw his head attack.
The former was exactly why Narvaez was able to last. Just imagine if Donaire had a Eddie Futch or an Angelo Dundee in his corner? Do you think they would have forgotten Narvaez had a body to attack?
Even though Donaire won convincingly he was not exciting and proved he has a long way to go before he can be considered an all-time great fighter in this writer's eyes.
The mark of true greatness in the ring is to be versatile, to show you can go to plan B when plan A is not quite working like you thought it would.
At least Donaire is smart enough to know that was not a good performance and the mark of greatness. He himself was not happy after the fight and deserves credit for that.
Donaire enters this fight riding a nine-year, 25-bout winning streak, which includes an IBF/IBO Flyweight title knockout victory of defending champion Vic Darchinyan, and a fourth-round blasting of former WBA Bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko last December and his stunning KO of n Fernando Montiel in February.
Donaire will make his first -- and only -- title defense against junior bantamweight titleholder Omar Narvaez
Narvaez successfully defended his title 16 times during his seven-year reign before vacating it in early 2010 to campaign at a heavier weight class.
Narvaez, one of Argentina's most popular fighters, has successfully defended his new title three times, all by unanimous decision, against opponents who had a combined record of 54-2 when he fought them.