Narvaez to return in September, Hernandez-Ramirez rescheduled
Omar Narvaez will return to the ring against Diego Pichardo Liriano in September in Narvaez’s native Argentina on a date and at a venue to be confirmed, his matchmaker announced.
Narvaez, the former longtime flyweight and junior bantamweight titleholder, will enter the ring without a major belt for the first time in 14 years.
“The fight will take place in the second half of September with a title and a venue yet to be determined,” said Damian Pellechia, spokesperson for Narvae’z promotional outfit, O.R. Promotions. “Pichardo represents the most demanding opponent at the national level for the return of ‘Hurricane’ Narvaez and [Pichardo] is also a regional titlist for the IBF. We believe we are giving Narvaez a proper opponent for his return.”
Narvaez (43-2-2, 23 knockouts), currently ranked No. 5 by THE RING at junior bantamweight, will be looking to reestablish his confidence in front of his countrymen in what looms as a relatively easy bout against Pichardo Liriano (16-6-1, 3 knockouts), a talented but limited southpaw born in the Dominican Republic and campaigning in Argentina since his professional debut in 2011. In his 4-0 unbeaten run since last October, Pichardo Liriano has defeated Roberto Sosa and Carlos Ruiz.
In his last fight last December, the 39-year old Narvaez lost his title in a demolishing, second round, stoppage loss to Japan’s Naoya Inoue, after a record-setting reign as WBO flyweight titlist followed by a shorter run as junior bantamweight beltholder for the same sanctioning body.
The bout between RING cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Victor Ramirez, originally expected to take place in a suburb of Buenos Aires in August, has been rescheduled for September, following a request by Ramirez that was begrudgingly accepted by Hernandez.
An official announcement on the date and venue of this bout is still pending as well.