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Omar Narvaez Stops Potapov in WBO Eliminator, Earns Tete Shot

By Elisinio Castillo

Former world champion Omar Narvaez is back in the world title picture after securing a technical knockout victory over previously undefeated Russian contender Nikolai Potapov after seven rounds of action.

The fight was a WBO final eliminator for the opportunity to face bantamweight world champion Zolani Tete of South Africa.

At Argentina's Obras Stadium, called Templo del Rock, and before a crowd of over 2,200 spectators, the former flyweight and super fly world champion of the WBO was in full control from beginning to end.

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Now Narvaez, 42 years old, is in a position to fight eliminator against Tete.

"I never really felt the fact that I had not fought for a year and a half. I always prepared very well, perhaps, now better than ever. I knew I had to punish him. Those punches hurt him," said Narvaez, who secured 47 victories (25 by knockout), two defeats and two draws.

In the beginning, the two fighters were feeling each other in the center of the ring. The Argentine boxer sought to keep him at a distance, with an incisive left jab.

The Russian boxer, based in Brooklyn, tried to use his stature and his reach to prevail.

Gradually, Narvaez began to make a difference. With the style that characterized him throughout his career, the veteran found the right openings and landed hard shots.

In the fifth round, Narvaez, with more than 20 years of experience on his back, exerted a clear dominance with his punching, going up and down with punches, to the face and the body. The Russian boxer was all over the place.

In the seventh, the former world champion executed a series of combinations that completely undermined the resistance of Potapov, who was unable to come out to fight in the eighth. The referee Celestino Ruiz would then rule a technical knockout victory in favor of the Argentine boxer.

Potapov, the bantamweight champion of the NABO, lost his undefeated record. In 19 bouts, he won 17 (8 per knockout) and the remaining fight was a draw.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by giacomino on 10-15-2017

Nice win for Narváez. Didn't think he had it in him at 42 to move up and beat anyone beyond domestic level so far removed from his title days. Can't see him beating Tete at this age but I guess…

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 10-15-2017

This guy is the biggest cherry picker in boxing history. Narváez ducked Manny Rodriguez months ago and preferred fight to this bum of Russia than barely won the fight vs the bum of Antonio Nieves (the guy that was killed…

Comment by 1hourRun on 10-15-2017

Respect to Narvaez, 42 year old took the young boy AT BANTAM weight too school and stopped him! and yo! Narvaez was digging to the body coming forward with the combos tho! someone better check this guys blood.

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