Hometown crowd helps Narvaez retain crown
CORDOBA, Argentina -- WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez beat Rexon Flores of the Philippines by unanimous decision before a home crowd early Sunday to successfully defend his title for the eighth time.
Narvaez started cautiously before stepping up the attack. From the ninth round, Narvaez began to connect frequently. In the final round, he delivered with the right and left hand to the head. Flores managed to land a few powerful blows early, and Narvaez was bleeding from the nose by the sixth round.
Narvaez first won the flyweight crown from Adonis Rivas of Nicaragua in 2002. He raised his record to 22-0-2, including 15 knockouts. Flores dropped to 16-3-4.
Judges Omar Quijada of Panama and Daniel Fucs of Brazil scored the bout 119-109 for Narvaez while Alejandro Lopez Cid of Mexico had it 120-108.
Flores lost two points for rules violations, including low blows and head shots that forced the referee to intervene more than a dozen times.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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