Legendary Argentine super flyweight and current WBO champion Omar "El Huracan" Narvaez (41-1-2, 22 KO) will defend his title on Saturday, May 17 in his native country.
His opponent will be 20-year-old Mexican "contender," Antonio Garcia (13-1, 6 KO). Despite limited experience and a lack of noteworthy wins, Garcia is getting a crack at a world title before his 21st birthday.
For the 38-year-old Narvaez, this will be his 10th title defense of the WBO crown he's held since 2010.
Boxing fans stateside won't get a chance to watch this one live, but television coverage will be available in Argentina. Here's how you can watch.
When: Saturday, May 17 at 9 p.m ET
Where: Anfiteatro Municipal, Villa Maria in Argentina
TV: TyC Sports
The Book on Narvaez
While El Huracan has been a recognized champion in the WBO for over a decade at flyweight and super flyweight, he won't ever get the respect that other long-standing champions have received.
Narvaez has rarely fought outside of Argentina. Only one of his bouts took place in the United States, and that turned out to be his only official loss.
In Oct. 2011, Narvaez moved up to take on Nonito Donaire for his WBC and WBO bantamweight titles. Donaire boxed circles around Narvaez and won every round on all three judges' scorecards.
Since then, Narvaez has been fighting young, green and overmatched guys to pad his record...kind of like Garcia. Narvaez's last opponent, David Carmona, came in without a major reputation in the sport and with a modest record of 16-1-4.
Before that, Narvaez fought Hiroyuki Hisataka, a fighter who had lost two of his last three bouts coming in. It appears some of Narvaez's supporters are attempting to create the illusion that Narvaez has been challenged in recent fights.
Specifically noting Narvaez's huge unanimous decision over little-known David Quijano, Sweet Boxing's Ryan Bivins dispels any notion that Narvaez was pushed in that fight.
Per an interview with The Ring Magazine's Anson Wainwright, Narvaez said: "I would like to unify the titles fighting with the other champions."
Elisinio Castillo of Boxing Scene reported that Narvaez was indeed interested in taking on former champion Daiki Kameda for his IBF title.
However, Kameda lost a split decision to Liborio Solis in Dec. 2013. Because Solis failed to make weight, he couldn't add the IBF title to his WBA belt with the win. That left the IBF title vacant.
Narvaez has apparently elected to take on another young, unproven fighter. He certainly won't gain any points in the eyes of the boxing community with a win.
Can a champion's legacy be tarnished in victory?
The Book on Garcia
With only 14 professional fights, Garcia seems to be headed for a boxing lesson from the veteran champion.
In watching his last bout against Jonathan Vidal, the 20-year-old seemed to get a gift of a decision.
It's safe to say he won't get the benefit of the doubt against Narvaez in Argentina. He's likely to need a knockout—or at least a knockdown—to dethrone the champion.
Oddly enough, Garcia's only loss came at the hands of Carmona, the man Narvaez defeated in his last bout.
This bout is becoming more and more difficult to understand.
From what's available to see of the tough, young Mexican fighter on YouTube and Daily Motion, he has an uphill battle ahead of him this weekend.
With so little professional experience, can Garcia shock the world?
Narvaez is a crafty, tough boxer who loves to counter. He has excellent stamina, and he often looks to wear down his opponents later in his bouts.
Against Garcia, Narvaez should have a field day. Garcia not only is inexperienced, but he also has very slow hands and feet. Against Vidal, he was beaten to the punch in several instances, and his defense left a lot to be desired.
Narvaez is undoubtedly a harder puncher than Vidal, and that could spell trouble for Garcia.
Though he appears to have a solid chin, Garcia is headed for a sound beating on Saturday. Bank on a lopsided unanimous-decision win for Narvaez.
For whatever that'll be worth.
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