By Miguel Rivera
Is there a rivalry brewing between the two biggest boxing stars in Argentina? In a recent interview, WBO super flyweght champion Omar Narvaez (38-1-2, 20KOs) seemed to take aim at WBC middleweight champ Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28KOs).
He said Martinez was lucky that he won last month's defense against Martin Murray, and said the British fighter would have won the fight if it had taken place somewhere else. He also appeared to take shots over Martinez spending time overseas and the boxer's recent stadium fight that attracted over 40,000 fans.
"It was a very close contest. If it had taken place in another place, Martinez would not have won. I always chose to be in my city and with my family. I prefer to live here with a low profile. I will not gain the money that others earn, but I preferred to live close to my family and my children. I had the opportunity to go away to Europe and to the United States but I wanted to remain in my country, with my family, and I am happy," Narvaez said.
Later he added: "I am satisfied because I usually do not do a lot of publicity like some others, but with ten days we are able to fill Luna Park Stadium. The people go away satisfied, my fights are real victories and they never had to help me with the points nor give me a victory when it wasn't one."
Sampson Lewkowicz, the adviser to Martinez, said it "was a shame" that Martinez's own countryman would come after him like this.