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Rodriguez To Get Haskins Title Shot? Narvaez Dropped By IBF

By Miguel Rivera

He tried and tried, but Emmanuel "Manny" Rodriguez never managed to get in the ring the former champion Omar Andres 'El Huracan' Narvaez.

Apparently, he will have to settle for a win via a sanctioning body knockout over the Argentine veteran. This after the International Boxing Federation (IBF) decided to drop Narvaez from his top rated position for breaching the contractual agreement of the final eliminator with Rodriguez, who were ordered to battle for the position of mandatory challenger in the bantamweight division.

"The IBF has all the documents. They are clear that it was the (the group of Narvaez) who did not comply. They already notified him,"said Rodriguez's manager Juan Orengo to Jose Sanchez.

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Narvaez, a former world champion in two divisions, will now be downgraded in a ranking position outside of the IBF's top ten.

Rodríguez (16-0, 11 KO's) and Narvaez (46-2-2, 24 KOs) were set to collide to establish the mandatory challenger to IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins (34-3, 14 KO's).

The promoter of the Naravez, Osvaldo Rivero, won the purse bid but failed to make the fight. After two cancellations, the promotional rights passed to Rodriguez's team, who also postponed it twice before setting it for March 25 in Fajardo.

Narváez never showed up in Puerto Rico to face Rodriguez, who instead faced a last-minute opponent. The IBF ruled that the Argentine boxer did not sign the contract for the fight and had no legitimate reason not to appear in Puerto Rico.

It is not immediately known whether or not Rodriguez will be declared Haskins' mandatory challenger or if he will be ordered to face someone else in another qualifying fight.

"I think they will put him in as the mandatory, but because it's not official I have not made any plans," said Orengo. "With this experience [with Narvaez] I learned that in boxing - anything really is possible."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by giacomino on 04-03-2017

It was always a stupid qualifier. Narvaez is 41 and his prime was eight or nine years ago as a flyweight. It was remarkable he lasted as long as he did near the top but he's beaten nobody since losing…

Comment by PrBoxing88 on 04-03-2017

This kid is really talented n rdy to be champion.

Comment by OctoberRed on 04-03-2017

This was one huge clusterf*ck

Comment by 1hourRun on 04-03-2017

Give Rodriguez a shot already: The next runner up is Rodrigo Guerrero who is booked next week and already took an L to that bum Stuart Hall -- that Haskins just beat in September 2016. Finally we get to fellow…

Comment by The Time on 04-03-2017

Give the kid the mandatory to fight for the title. He deserves it!

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