Longtime WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvarez (32-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina stepped up a weight class to defeat #1 rated Everth Briceno (32-5-1, 26 KOs) of Nicaragua by unanimous decision, winning the vacant WBO super flyweight title on Saturday night at the famous Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aries, Argentina.
The first two rounds were very tactical with the both fighters feeling each other out, but in round three Navarez opened up and seemed to hurt Briceno with a straight left followed by a flurry of punches but Briceno was able to weather the storm and get through the round.
Round four saw Briceno have some success with straight rights but Narvarez rocked him again with some powerful sweeping lefts to end the round. Narvez turned up the heat in round five and had Briceno going on several occasions with sweeping power left hooks and straight rights but again Briceno was able to get through the round.
Briceno was deducted a point for headbutting after being warned multiple times. Round six was fairly tame and Briceno was able to get some work done to the body and an effective jab, but no damage was done.
Round seven saw drama develop as Narvaez was working over Briceno pretty good when their heads clashed and Narvez suffered a cut above his left eye, but the ringside doctor deemed him fit to continue.
Narvaez clearly won round eight as he was aggressive from beginning to end and connecting frequently with a variety of punches from straight lefts to sweeping right hooks. Briceno was deducted another point for headbutting.
Round nine again was dominated by Narvaez and it appeared that Briceno was wobbly for the first in the fight from some well timed power punches delivered by Narvaez. Round ten saw Briceno receive a lot of punishment as Narvaez amped up the heat on his offense and really was unloading on the game but outgunned Briceno.
Round eleven saw yet another point deducted from Briceno for headbutting. Narvarz toyed with Briceno as he stood in front of him but made him miss several times by simply pulling back with subtle movements of his waist which brought the crowd to their feet shouting Hurricane! Hurricane! Hurrricane!, which is Narvarez nickname.
Round twelve saw Narvaez receive another cut, this time on his right eye as a result of another Briceno headbutt. Narvaez really tried for the stoppage but Briceno was resilient and hung tough as he did all night.
In the end, the official scores were 117-108 twice and 118-107 all for Navarez. Narvaez is now a two-divisional world champion having held the WBO flyweight title since July 2002.
Narvaez is virtually unknown outside of Argentina but is a very skilled world champion and unbeaten in nearly ten years as a professional boxer. In amongst the large crowd at the Estadio Luna Park was American actor Lorenzo Lamas who is of Argentinian descent.