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Narvaez-Zaleta Oct. 3 in Mexico

By Lee Bates

WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (30-0-2, 19 KOs)) of Argentina will attempt to defend his title for the 17th time when he takes on Mexican native Victor Zaleta (9-1, 5 KOs) in Mexico October 3rd. Narvarez, promoted by Osvaldo Rivero has made several defenses of his title in his native Argentina but has shown that he is a true “world champion” defending his title in mulitiple countries since becoming champion in July of 2002. The list includes Italy, Spain, France, and now looks to add Mexico. Though the large gap in professional fights may indicate this bout as a mismatch on paper this is not the case. Zaleta will have a major height and reach advantage as he is extremely tall for a flyweight at 5’8½” to Narvaez who is 5’3″. Zaleta is also very advanced as a professional with his career being moved at the accelerated pace equivalent to that of WBA interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and recent world title challenger Beibut Shumenov. In just his third professional bout Zaleta knocked out former world champion Eric Ortiz and in his sixth professional bout he easily decisioned former world champion Jose Antonio Aguirre. The only blemish on his record is a ten round majority decision loss to then (18-1) Faustino Cupul in Cupul´s hometown but he has since reeled off three consecutive wins heading in to his bout with Narvaez.

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