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14 NOVEMBER 2018


SecondsOut Team Picks: Donaire Vs Narvaez

Saturday night at Madison Square Garden In New York Nonito Donaire defends his WBA and WBO bantamweight titles against tough Argentine boxer Omar Narvaez As usual our brave army of writers once again put their reputations on the line to pick a winner.


Ay age 28 Nonito Donaire is fast approaching his prime while 36 year-old Narvaez is on the decline. The speed, power and accuracy will prove too much for the challenger. I expect Donaire to get the job done around the eight round mark

Donaire tko 8
Clive Bernath
Editor In Chief

I read a statement by challenger Omar Andres Narvaez recently where he said that Americans do not know him but he will show us who he is by leaving the ring with all the belts in his fight against WBC/WBO Bantamweight Champion, Nonito Donaire at the Theater at the Madison Square Garden on Saturday. I watched some videos of his fights and while he is aggressive and there is a reason that he is unbeaten, I did not see anything that will allow this 36 year old Argentine to overcome this lightning fast, power punching 28 year old Filipino in spite of having more experience. Donaire will be too fast and hit too hard for the Super-flyweight champion and will stop him in six, surprisingly easy rounds.

Donaire ko 6
Jerry Glick
New York
New York City

Nonito Donaire is really making a name for himself in the lower weight classes. He has the height and athleticism to move up to 126lb, eventually even as high as lightweight. That blowout of Fernando Montiel was as impressive as it was shocking. Omar Narvaez is a game and tough challenger but he’s 36 and won’t be able to match the champ’s energy and ability. It won’t be an easy fight, it never is against tough veterans, but Donaire should win via unanimous decision.

Donaire pts 12
Rocco Nguyen
Alexandria, VA

"Nonito Donaire continues to impress the boxing world. His knockout of Montiel was a great finish and he certainly made more fans that night. His stock will continue to rise if he continues on this path. He now faces an undefeated Argentine, Omar Narvaez. Narvaez, having won titles at flyweight and super flyweight, now moves up to challenge Donaire for his bantamweight titles giving up a few inches in height and a few lbs. Donaire will continue his streak by scoring a mid-rounds stoppage, leaving no doubt that he is among the sport’s lb for lb best."

Donaire w tko 6
Derek Gionta
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Donaire all the way. Not to take anything away from Narvaez, but he isn’t exactly the opponent we all want to see for Donaire. I don’t expect Donaire to obliterate him but he will outclass him. Donaire by late stoppage, roughly round 8.

Donaire w tko 8
Mike Sloan
Las Vegas


Omar Andres Narvaez is one of the most underrated little men in the sport. His title reign at 112 was nothing short of HOF recognition. With that said, he is fighting the top pound for pound fighter of tomorrow. I have not been able to find Nonito Donaire’s weakness and there is not an active fighter between 112 and 122 today that I think can beat him. Narvaez is rugged and very strong, but I don’t think he will be able to bully Donaire and maul him along the ropes to tire him out enough to secure victory. In fact, I expect a pretty one-sided drubbing of yet another world class fighter at the hands of Donaire. Speed kills. Narvaez will lose just about every round, but last the distance. I cannot rule out a Donaire KO late either, but will give Narvaez the benefit of that.

Donaire pts 12.
Derek Bonnett

Narvaez is a good, tough, well decorated veteran. Were he fighting anyone else I would give him more of a shot, but Donarie is something special. This kid has got it all and I think he just keeps getting better. I see a pretty easy mid-rounds TKO for Donarie.

Donarie Tko 5 Narvaez
Matthew Hurley
Boston, Massachusetts

Nonito Donaire is a naturally bigger more powerful fighter than Narvaez and despite the challenger’s proven quality I can’t see this going the distance. The Filipino Flash is the type of fighter who, at this point in his career, can only beat himself. Nonito has a functional four inch reach advantage, which means he can keep this long or mix it as he pleases. I’m sold on the affable champion and think he will be a fixture within all pound for pound lists for years to come.

Donaire tko 8
Tom Gray


While this fight is being showcased as the return of the "Filipino Flash", one should not over look just how good of a fighter he is facing in Omar Narvaez. The 36-year-old is undefeated and has a career’s worth of championship fight experience. The one thing going against him will be his size. While Manny Pacquiao has proven in recent years that a good big man is no longer a lock to defeat a good small man, in this case the odds seem insurmountable. That is because Donaire’s chilling knockout of Fernando Moniel in a unification bout sent him rapidly up the pound for pound ranks. His momentum stalled due to boxing politics, but he seems to be at the peak of his skills; and he should be able to use Saturday night as his farewell to the 118lb division. Narvaez won’t go silently, but he will eventually be out-gunned and his corner will stop the fight.

Donaire - tko 9
Jason Pribila

Donaire = 9


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