"Flash" Of Greatness
By Chris Coreschi
Photos: Chris Farina - Top Rank
Headlining the HBO
Boxing After Dark card was Nonito “The Filipino Flash”
Donaire 27-1(18) taking on undefeated Omar “El Huracan”
Narvaez 35-1-2(19) in a 12 round bantamweight title
fight. Donaire was defending his WBO and WBC titles in
his last fight at 118 lbs while Narvaez' WBO super
flyweight belt was not at stake. Donaire has made clear
his intention to move up to junior featherweight after
this bout even though there are some attractive
opponents for him in the very talented bantamweight
division including the winner of the Mares / Agbeko
rematch. The undefeated Narvaez, fighting in the States
for the first time, was moving up in weight for the
opportunity to fight Donaire.
Round one: The two men meet in the center of the ring,
Donaire appears the much larger fighter. Narvaez has
some success with a lead left hand, Donaire counters
with combinations. Narvaez stands in front of Donaire as
Donaire moves forward. Donaire throws a left hand with
bad intentions as the round comes to a close.
Round two: Narvaez continues to throw the lead left
hand, occasionally mixes in a lead right cross, and
begins to jab more. Donaire continues stalking and being
the more aggressive fighter. Donaire throws the left jab
to try and work his way in and throws combinations off
Round three: Donaire begins to open up a little more
forcing Narvaez to back up. Narvaez lands a quick
counter right hand on the ropes after a left right
combination from Donaire. Ddonaire leaps in and misses
with a combination drawing cheers from the crowd,
Narvaez looks at the crowd who begins chanting “Huracan,
Round four: Narvaez appears to be unwilling to take many
chances with the heavy handed Donaire. Donaire starts
working to the body with more frequency and good
success. A right to the body brings down Narvaez' hands
and Donaire scores with a big right hand that appears to
stun Narvaez. Donaire follows up with another right
right to finish off another strong round.
Round 5: Narvaez continues to fight a defense first kind
of fight. Donaire feints trying to get inside the shell
of Narvaez and Narvaez lands a sneaky counter right hand
off the ropes. The round ends with Donaire continuing to
walk down Narvaez.
Round 6: The round follows the same pattern as the last
couple, Narvaez unwilling to allow Donaire any
opportunity to mount any offense also preventing him
from mounting any. The fans begin to show their
displeasure with Narvaez. Donaire starts swinging a
little more wildly, attempting to make Narvaez fight and
closes the round with a couple of combinations. I have
Donaire pitching a shutout to this point.
Round 7: Donaire is doing all he can against an opponent
unwilling to engage. Narvaez seemed to tighten up after
getting hurt in the fourth round and now seems to want
Round 8: Donaire again comes out firing and Narvaez
closes up. Donaire warned for low blow, Narvaez begins
to throw a little bit more but even when he throws he
appears to be backing up fearful of getting caught with
something heavy from Donaire.
Round 9: While Narvaez spends much of the round coming
forward he just will not let his hands go. Donaire
continues to attempt to engage with no success at all.
Donaire scores to the body and lands three quick
combinations just before the bell.
Round 10: Narvaez spent the first two and a half minutes
of the round hiding then exchanged with Donaire. Donaire
quickly seized the opportunity to open up and landed a
combination. Narvaez backed off and Donaire pursued him
into the ropes and continued to land finishing the round
strong. Donaire still pitching a shutout.
Round 11: The round begins with the fans booing and then
chanting J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets as they tire of Narvaez
unwillingness to engage in any meaningful exchanges.
Donaire continues to throw trying to get Narvaez to
engage, lands a big right to the body then a combination
to the gloves of Narvaez. Credit Donaire with keeping
his poise to this point in the face of an opponent who
just won't fight.
Round 12: Donaire trying to close the show as the crowd
chants “This is bulls**t clap-clap---clap-clap-clap,
This is bulls**t”. Donaire might as well be
shadowboxing, Narvaez should be ashamed of himself.
Donaire is chasing Narvaez around the ring throwing
shots at Narvaez trying to land something. As the fight
ends Narvaez has nerve to jump onto the ropes and raise
his hands, the only time he raised them in the last nine
All three judges score
the bout 120-108. Just a dreadful performance by Narvaez
who after getting hurt in the fourth round was not
interested in fighting, just surviving. Donaire, being
interviewed in the ring after the fight reiterated his
decision to move up to the 122 pound division for his
next fight and expressed to the fans his disappointment
in not providing them with a better show. Compubox
numbers bore out Narvaez' inactivity showing him
averaging 24 punches thrown per round well below the
bantamweight average of 6o.
The co-feature was a 10
round fight for the NABF Featherweight Title. Champion
Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia 27-0(23) fighting out of
Oxnard, Ca taking on Juan Carlos Martinez 17-13-1(5) of
San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Round one saw the fighters feeling each other out, not
taking too many chances. Martinez was the busier fighter
and seemed to do enough to win the round.
Round two saw Garcia start to pick up the pace and land
with more frequency. Martinez continued to throw punches
and pursue Garcia around the ring with limited success.
Round to Garcia.
In round three Garcia began to break down Martinez
landing regularly with both hands. Garcia scored a
knockdown with a hard left hand late in the round. 10-8
round to Garcia.
Round four saw Garcia
completely separated himself from the game but limited
Martinez scoring two knockdowns before forcing referee
Harvey Dock to call a halt to the action at 2:46 of the
round. Compubox showed Garcia landing 26 of 42 power
shots in round 4 for a 62% connect rate.
In a four round lightweight contest, another local
fighter, Mike Brooks of Oceanside, NY 6-0(1) scored a
unanimous shutout victory over Eddie Ramirez of Laredo,
Tx. All three judges scored the bout 40-36.
In a fight that brought the crowd to its feet when it
ended, Tommy Rainone 16-4(4) scored a unanimous decision
over Brad Jackson 13-7-1(7) in a lackluster six round
affair. Scores 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56.
Super Flyweight prospect
Jonathan “La Bomba” Gonzalez 6-0(5) went the distance
for the first time in his professional career with a
unanimous decision victory over Jose Rivera 3-3-2.
Judges Robert Perez and Carlos Ortiz scored the fight
60-53 while Judge Matt Roggero had it 59-54.
Local favorite Sean Monaghan of Long Beach, NY 10-0(7)
defeated Anthony Pietrantonio 7-8(5)of Sharon, Pa via
TKO at 2:51 of round 5 of a scheduled 6 round light
In a six round welterweight contest Mikael Zewski
11-0(7) of Trois-Rivieres, Canada knocked out Keuntray
Henson of Memphis, Tn at 1:27 of round 1.
In the evening's opening bout, a 4 round welterweight
contest, Cletus Seldin 4-0(2) defeated Jose Segura
Torres 2-3-2(1) via TKO at 2:52 of the second round.