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Omar Narvaez vs. Nikolay Potapov For WBO Interim-Title

Editor's Note: The WBO says the fight is a final world title eliminator and not for an interim-title.

By Elisinio Castillo

Former world champion Omar Narvaez said he was given the number one ranking under the World Boxing Organization, at bantamweight.

And in August of this year, he expects to face Russian boxer Nikolay Potapov for the interim-title, as South African Zolani Tete was recently declared as the full champion of the sanctioning body.

Narvaez, 42 years old, was enthusiastic about this new possibility that emerged after several failed attempts to stage an IBF bantamweight eliminator against undefeated rising Puerto Rican boxer Manny Rodriguez.

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Potapov, born in Podolsk and now residing in Brooklyn (United States), is 27 years old, right-handed, and undefeated in 18 fights (17 wins and a draw).

On March 11, he won the bantamweight title of the North American Boxing Organization (NABO) by beating Mexican Antonio "Carita" Nieves by way of a split decision. It was a controversial battle held in Detroit, where some ringside observers felt the win should have gone to Nieves.

Prior to the win over Nieves, the majority of Potapov's fights have taken place in Russia.

Narvaez has been away from the ring since June of last year, when he won a unanimous decision victory over Breilor Teran. It was the third win in a row for Narvaez since a quick knockout loss at the hands of Japanese sensation  Naoya Inoue in December of 2014.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 1hourRun on 05-30-2017

This is hilarious! Tapales loses the title on the scale, Shohei Omori could of won it but Tapales KO him, Tete gets the title by default and now Navarez is a eliminator. I love the lighter weights -- they don't…

Comment by giacomino on 05-29-2017

Have been a big fan of Narváez since the early days of his WBO flyweight reign but he should have retired three or four years ago, and most certainly after losing his last belt in 2014. He was a small…

Comment by ceylon mooney on 05-29-2017

hard to say what narvaez has left. wonder how hed to against raeshee warren or payano or another recent champ. i really dont think he could keep up with guys like that. i think tete would eff him up. yea,…

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