After a career-defining win over Fernando Montiel, Nonito Donaire’s career should have soared to greater heights. But it was stalled by different issues outside the ring.
Donaire, with some prodding from advisers, deemed his contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions as null and void.
His contention was that Top Rank promised him three fights a year, which they failed to give him.
He was ready to jump ship to Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions but the lawyers of Top Rank found a loophole in Donaire’s claim.
They found that Donaire could not have had three fights a year for all those years because he was under preventive medical suspensions after some of his fights and that his contract was binding until 2013.
What happened next was what appeared to be what Donaire had in mind all along. The two camps renegotiated the fighter’s contract and they soon agreed on all terms and the first order of business was to find a suitable opponent for Donaire. Thus, we have Donaire Vs. Narvaez.
Return to form
On Sunday, 23 October, the long-awaited return to ring of The Filipino Flash (26-1-0, 18 KOs) will finally happen. He battles Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina. This will be the first time that Donaire will defend his unified WBO and WBC bantamweight titles.
Narvaez will be moving up in weight for the first time and he will be vacating his WBO super flyweight title to challenge Donaire. Nicknamed El Huracan, Narvaez has mostly fought in his home country of Argentina. His career has been carefully planned and this is the first time that he’ll step up to fight a Top 10 pound-for-pound fighter. The Argentinean won the vacant WBO title with a unanimous decision victory over Everth Bricena and he has successfully defended the title three straight times, all via unanimous decision.