Donaire Victorious in East Coast Debut

Donaire won 120-108 on all three scorecards (Photo by Chris Farina, Top Rank Boxing).
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WBC and WBO Bantamweight Titles Retained in Win

They say it takes two to tango, and Omar Narvaez (32-1-2, 19 KOs) was not in the mood to dance on Saturday night in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. WBC and WBO Bantamweight Champion Nonito Donaire (27-1, 19 KOs) was his frustrated partner in a title fight which was also the Filipino’s first bout on the East Coast, and a slow paced unanimous decision for Donaire was the eventual result of the affair.

"I don't know what's going on in his head," an annoyed Donaire said regarding the lack of aggression in his opponent. "He didn't want to fight."

Donaire did all he could to draw Narvaez in for confrontation, but his Argentine counterpart remained completely passive throughout the entire 12 rounds. His kept his hands high and glued to his chin in obvious respect for the power of Donaire, but at no point did he truly get on the offensive.

"I did my best," Donaire remarked. "It didn't come out the way we wanted. I have respect for him, but he didn't come to fight. I hurt him in the (10th) round, and after that, he was in his shell.

Donaire even admitted that he left himself vulnerable at times with the hope of trading punches with Narvaez becoming what he got in exchange.

"I tried to open myself up because I don't mind getting hit, but I couldn't get him to open up," he stated.

After the opening bell sounded, the action was scarce in the first frame, but the overall thought was that the two fighters were just feeling each other out. When the same pattern occurred in the ensuing rounds, the crowd became restless and began to voice its frustration. The inactivity from Narvaez seemed to frustrate Donaire, and that only worsened when he was unable to get him to open up. Both Donaire and the fight fans in attendance grew more impatient, and the Filipino boxer started to throw some sweeping hooks and loaded up some uppercuts in an attempt to silence the angst of the crowd and end a frustrating night early. However, it was not meant to be as Narvaez was able to survive the evening and put the call on the thoughts of the ringside judges, who had a very easy decision to make. When their tallies were revealed, it was flush 120-108s in favor of Donaire, keeping his belts after winning all 12 frames on each scorecard.

"I was bored," Donaire admitted. "When I know that the guy wouldn't open up, I kind of got bored because no matter what I opened - my hands, I opened my face, and the least you can do is hit me with a jab. Hit me with something."

While his run at bantamweight may not have come to a conclusion in the type of manner that he wanted, Donaire confirmed his next bout would be at 122 pounds. Rico Ramos, who currently holds the WBA Super Bantamweight Title, is a likely opponent for Donaire in his debut at the new weight class.

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