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Omar Narvaez outpoints Felipe Orucuta, makes 11th defense of title


After 14 years in the business, Omar Narvaez remains unbeaten in his home country.

The 39-year-old Narvaez retained his WBO junior bantamweight title with a majority decision win over Felipe Orucuta on Friday at Anfiteatro Municipal in Argentina. The scores were 116-112 twice in favor of Narvaez, while the third scored it a 114-114 draw.

Much like in their first bout in May of 2013, which Narvaez won by split-decision, the hometown fighter plodded forward and picked apart openings in the defense of the longer 28-year-old from Nicolas Romero, Mexico.

Narvaez began to tire in the middle rounds as Orucuta’s work rate increased, backing Narvaez up. Narvaez regained the upper hand in Round 7, walking Orucuta down while stepping inside his counters to land southpaw lefts of his own.

Needing just to stay on his feet to win, Narvaez closed the show with an emphatic statement, pounding Orucuta around the ring in round twelve with left hands to the head and body which kept Orucuta on the defensive at a time when he needed something dramatic.

The win was Narvaez’s 11th successful defense of his 115-pound belt and eighth straight victory since he moved up to bantamweight to face Nonito Donaire Jr. for his only career defeat in 2011. Narvaez is currently ranked No. 1 by THE RING at junior bantamweight.