October 23rd, 2011 By Pedro FernandezCAN YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE THAT THOSE ‘SILLY’ 3 POUNDS MAKE?
San Francisco, CA- When I score 12 round fight, sometimes I break it down to 36 individual fights (or one fight a minute). Truth be told, I employed that mode from round one and after a one-sided affair for four rounds. From that point forward, it was like a replay of the initial four rounds as Nonito Donaire, now 27-1, 19 KOs just out fought formerly unbeaten Omar Narvaez for the vast majority of their 12-round WBO/WBC 118 lb, (bantamweight) title fight at the WA Mu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The broadcast was carried live on HBO.
SCORES LOPSIDED DUE TO EXPOSURE!
That can be taken a number of ways. The first is that Donaire is brilliant no matter what style he faces. Or Omar was a clown built up on Argentine cab drivers. I’m going to go to a third intangible of the Filipino-American fighter of Newark, CA, that being the size difference between big 118 and 115 lbs. While Nonito asserted himself in every round as the three official scorecards of Julie Lederman, Tom Scheck and Steve Weisfeld all tabbed the fight a shutout with identical 120-108 (12-0 in rounds), I thought the size difference, this in addition to Donaire’s ring brilliance over Narvaez,
FLYING COACH AFTER SEEING THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF MSG
I got the impression he couldn’t believe where he was, in New York City, next door to Madison Square Garden against a faster, better and bigger boxer in Donaire, a future potential Filipino icon, and on both HBO and Argentine television. If boxing is 60-70 % mental, the Argentine choked badly on not trying hard enough in my book. Left with a 35-1-2, 29 KOs record, Narvaez heads back to Argentina flying coach, certainly not first class, as he probably would have, had slain the great three-division champion Donaire. I hear calls for Donaire to move up to 122 & then 126 lbs., but judging from the size advantage Nonito had over Omar, can you boxing fans now see the difference that three pounds makes, as 115 lb. was wear Omar had clout and a WBO title.
DONAIRE CAN MAKE MONEY AT 118 BEFORE TAKING WEIGHT RISK
Look, the only “super fight” at 118 is Donaire vs. the “on fire” KO king Vic Darchinyan in a rematch of their July 7, 2007 clash in which Nonito’s one punch KO left Vic dazed to the point that he “denied” being down or out in the post fight interview. The punch, like the KO of Fernando Montiel earlier this year are both “Hall of Fame” video clips. Darchinyan has lost a fight since the Donaire drilling to Abner “Low Blow” Mares (220-, 13 KOs), who will rematch Joseph Agkebo (28-3, 23 KOs) on Showtime in December.
WITH MARES BUSY, DOOP WIDE OPEN FOR VIC-NONITO RETURN
Even though whomever was at fault, and I hear it was Darchinyan’s camp, the Nonito Donaire-Vic Darchinyan rematch needs to happen. Problem is Vic can make money fighting guys anywhere, so the Donaire fight is a great risk, for if he were to get one-punched again, Vic would lose his false sense of greatness, his confidence, and a lot of his backers! Do this fight in San Jose, CA and it’ll draw well. Another issue might be that Vic is reportedly signed to Showtime and Donaire with HBO, TV contracts might nix the best fight at 118. The winner can face Abner Mares-Joseph Agbeko in early to mid 2012.
IF THEY DON’T FIGHT……WELL
We need the “best to fight the best” in order to rekindle the fire in boxing fans who got tired of all the bull spit. This sport needs to work on it’s fan base, needs to have the best run against each other, because the UFC is doing that and acquiring boxing and pro wrestling fans in droves. Boxing promoters can deny such, but they are lying to themselves as MMA surpassed boxing in popularity in 2006.