Boxing - Narvaez defends title again

Omar Narvaez defended his WBO super flyweight title with a split points decision against Felipe Orucuta in Buenos Aires.

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World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina holds up his belt after defeating Felipe Orucuta of Mexico in their super flyweight world title bout at the Luna Park Arena in Buenos Aires May 26, 2013. REUTERS

Argentine veteran Narvaez, 37, had been set to fight Mexican star Daniel Rosas but the youngster withdrew through illness just before the fight.

But some rated fellow Mexican Orucuta as a more likely challenger to catch out the wily Narvaez, who he took all the way in a closely-contested scrap at Luna Park.

The final scorecards – 115-113, 115-113, 110-118 – hinted that it was a difficult one to call, although Narvaez showed the greater discipline against the exciting but at times reckless Orucuta.

Narvaez, who has held the title for 11 years, moves to 39-1-2 (20 k.o.), with his only defeat coming when he tried to step up to bantamweight, losing to Nonito Donaire in 2011.

Orucuta, meanwhile, is 27-2-0 (23 k.o.), suffering his first defeat in two-and-a-half years – the last one having come, ironically, to Rosas.

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