Nonito Donaire Jr. versus Omar Narvaez, faced-off during fight’s final press event. “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and “El Huracan” Narvaez held their final press conference on Friday, October 21, 2011 for their title bout at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 22 (Oct. 23 in Manila).
The two boxers both acknowledged each others talents during the press conference.
According to Donaire, Narvaez has “a good record of being a champion, he’s not just a nobody, he is a legend in Argentina. That’s why I can’t take him lightly.”
“The Hurricane” Narvaez returned the favor on Donaire by saying that he is “very happy to be here to fight with a great champion like Nonito Donaire.”
The undefeated Narvez has a career fight record of 35 wins (19 knockouts) and 2 draws.
Meanwhile, Donaire is defending his World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight crowns against Narvaez.
The bout between undefeated WBO Featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez, Caguas, Puerto Rico and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez, Mexico City, Mexico ended unexpectedly. Marquez was unable to continue the fight in the 9th round due to an injured right shoulder. Lopez thus wins by TKO as Marquez was declared unfit to continue.
The Lopez-Marquez bout was promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME. The Lopez vs Marquez bout was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and was televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
Juan Manuel Lopez improved his record to 30-0, 27 via KO. Rafael Marquez drops his record to 39-6, with 35 KO’s.
AJ “Bazooka” Banal wins his bout against Luis Alberto Perez, a Nicaraguan and two time world champion, via disqualification in the main event of “Pinoy Pride”. The Nicaraguan was disqualified when he hit Banal with a right cross in the head while the referee was separating them. Banal went down the canvas and was unable to continue the fight. The referee declared Banal as the winner at the 1:47 mark of the 7th round. “Pinoy Pride” was held at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu.
The judges’ scored the first six rounds: 59-55, 59-55, 60-54 all for Banal.
Other featured bouts includes:
- Mark Jason Melligen against Mexican Bladimir Hernandez;
- Jason Pagara versus Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat;
- Larry Bon Jovi Canillas against Ramie Laput;
- Jun Intor versus Romano Gelig;
- Wilbeth Loberanis versus Joel Lagusan;
- Ryan Canillas against Renjie Sabanal; and
- Rey Melligen against Billy Vullecer.
“Pinoy Pride” will be shown on ABS-CBN. – Philboxing.com