By Miguel Rivera
Former world champion Omar Narvaez has been able to solve the contractual differences that endangered the fight against Puerto Rican contender Emmanuel "Manny" Rodriguez, and the veteran confirmed that he will be in Brooklyn, New York, on March 4.
The duo will collide in a final eliminator for the right to challenge Lee Haskins, the IBF's 118-pound world champion, at a future date.
The Argentine pugilist had threatened promoter Osvaldo Rivero with cancel his participation in the event if there was no improvement in economic benefits.
However, Juan Orengo, manager of Rodriguez, indicated that Narvaez will make the trip, for a contest that will be staged at the Barclays Center.
"Omar had signed for the fight. The problems were with his promoter. There were issues that did not matter to us, but it seems that Omar was looking to put pressure on his people and he came away with what he wanted," Orengo explained to reporter Carlos Gonzalez. "We'll see each other in March."
Originally, the fight was agreed upon for the first week of January in Argentina. Nevertheless, Rivero postponed the event due to conflicts with the television stations in the country. Eventually, the IBF leadership determined that the fight would be moved to New York.
"Narvaez had signed the contract and not only risked a suspension, but also a lawsuit on our part if he did not comply," Orengo said.
Last week, Rodriguez became the father of a girl and that serves him as added motivation.
"Manny is ready. There will be no excuses. He has to fight at mid-range and finish him. Although Manny is coming back from a nine-month inactivity, it will not affect him at all because he's kept training and running," Orengo said.
Last June, Rodríguez dominated Alberto Guevara for 10 rounds on route to a unanimous decision victory. Narvaez, for his part, has also not fought since June 2016.