Indonesian prospect Isaack Junior (20-1-2, 8 KOs) survived the aggression of the Filipino slugger Jecker Buhawe (13-7-3, 8 KOs) to retain his WBO Aspac super flyweight title on Sunday in Palangkaraya City, Indonesia. Buhawe started as an extra aggressive puncher from the first round, but the slick Junior anticipated it with a counter attack strategy. Buhawe cornered Junior in the middle of the last round, but the fight was stopped by referee due to the head butt causing a cut on the challenger’s right eyelid. Junior is currently rated #3 in the super flyweight division by the WBO, and he’s projected to be the next Indonesian world champion.

By Jeff Pamungkas

San Juan, Argentina – WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez returned to his natural weight and won an easy twelve round unanimous decision over rugged Mexican challenger Jose Cabrera (20-3-2, 8 KOs), who tried every trick possible to disrupt the boxing strategy of Narvaez (36-1-2, 19 KOs). The scores were 118-108, 120-106 and 118-108. Cabrera lost a point for a head clash which opened up a cut above the left eye of the champion.

Last October Narvaez moved up to the bantamweight division to challenge the WBC champion at the time, Nonito Doniare, and dropped a lopsided twelve round decision before a packed crowd at The Theater in New York’s Madison Square Garden.


By Jhonny Gonzalez

With great respect and cordiality at the Government Palace in San Juan, Argentina, the flyweight champion of the World Boxing Organization, Argentine boxer Omar Andres Narvaez, and his challenger Jose Tamaulipas ” Matador “Cabrera, met face to face. Like two great gentlemen of sport, Narvaez and Cabrera expressed mutual praise, with both boxers promising that a real battle will take place on Saturday night.

“This will be a great battle, in which two great warriors will come out with everything in the ring,” said Narvaez.

“It gives me great pride to face a boxing figure such as Omar Narvaez,” he said.


By Miguel Rivera

Omar “The Hurricane” Narvaez (35-1-2, 19KOs) will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight title for the third time on March 31 against an opponent to be confirmed. The fight is likely going to happen at Luna Park in Buenos Aires or Trelew in Argentina. Last October in New York City, Narvaez moved up to the bantamweight division and suffered his first loss, by decision, to Nonito Donaire. Narvaez felt the weight was too heavy and he returned to the super flyweight division. Donaire moved up to super bantamweight.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum predicts the clash between Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr of Puerto Rico for the vacant WBO jr featherweight title at the Alamadome in San Antonio, Texas on February 4 “should be a tremendous fight.”

Donaire who won the WBO/WBC bantamweight title with a sensational 2nd round TKO over highly favored Mexican Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel on February 19, 2011 and then scored a shutout twelve round decision against two division world champion Omar Narvez of Argentina at The Theater of Madison Square Garden on October 22, 2011 has been training hard under Robert Garcia who warned that it won’t be an easy fight..

Donaire who is following the path laid out by eight division world champion and Ring Magazine pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao had earlier won the IBF flyweight title with a smashing 5th round demolition of Australia’s Vic Darchinyan and then captured the WBA super flyweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over an overweight Rafael Concepcion on August 15, 2008 before sealing his title bid with an 8th round TKO of Mexico’s Hernan Marquez on July 10, 2011.

Coincidentally, it was on that same fight card in Puerto Rico that Vazquez Jr scored a 4th round knockout of former WBO super flyweight champion “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona to win the 122 pound crown..

Arum noted that Vazquez who lost his title to Mexican warrior Jorge “Travieso” Arce was “beating Arce most of that fight but Arce caught him in the last round and knocked him out..”

He said “I think this fight (against Vazquez Jr) is going to be a big step for Nonito.”

Arum disclosed that should Donaire win he would look to arrange a fight against Arce and then WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan. He said he plans to promote one of those two fights at the new Mall of Asia stadium and that HBO Sports had agreed to send a crew to the Philippines to cover the fight on a Sunday morning.

Arum said that based on the early ticket sales “we expect a huge crowd” since WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesaar Chavez Jr will defend his title against Marco Antonio Rubio “who can really punch and that should be a great fight.”

Chavez’ strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza told the Manila Standard that he was “very happy with the way Chavez is coming along. He is working very hard because he knows that this is going to the fight that is going to take him to the super fights against Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Saul Alvarez.”


By Ronnie Nathanielsz

La boxeadorea porteña Carolina “La Turca” Duer (52,150 kilos) retuvo el cinturón supermosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) al vencer por nocaut técnico en el tercer round a la uruguaya María José Núñez Anchorena (igual peso), en el combate disputado en la ciudad de Lanús, en el sur del Gran Buenos Aires.

La velada se desarrolló en el microestadio del club Atlético Lanús, donde Duer defendió con éxito por tercera vez su cinturón supermosca de la OMB y donde se hicieron presentes, entre otros, Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez, Sergio Víctor Palma, Marcelo Domínguez, y el vicegobernador electo de la provincia de Buenos Aires, Gabriel Mariotto, entre otras personalidades.

La definición del pleito se produjo cuando, desde el rincón, de la boxeadora uruguaya voló la toalla tras haber estado sentida a raíz de una caída que le propinó Duer al aplicarle un certero golpe cruzado de izquierda.

Aunque Núñez Anchorena se levantó tras la cuenta de protección que le realizó el árbitro argentino Carlos Báez, quedó muy sentida y desde el rincón, con buen criterio, tiró la toalla para que la uruguaya no reciba un castigo innecesario.

Duer con esta victoria elevó su palmarés de 10 peleas ganadas (3 antes del límite) y 3 reveses, en tanto la uruguaya Núñez Anchorena quedó con un hitorial de 11 triunfos (9 por nocauts) y 9 derrotas.

En el semifondo, la campeona ligero AMB, la jujeña Alejandra “Locomotora” Oliveras, venció por decisión en 6 vueltas -unánime- a la bonaerense Roxana Laborde, en pelea sin título en juego.

Video de la pelea completa

Carolina Duer vs Maria Jose Nuñez

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — In many ways, Carolina Raquel Duer is a typical middle-class Jewish kid from Buenos Aires. She attended a Jewish day school, spent time working and traveling in Israel and celebrated her bat mitzvah at a Conservative synagogue.

But when she stepped into the ring Nov. 12 at Club Atletico Lanus, she showcased a set of talents not commonly associated with the Jewish women of Buenos Aires.

Duer, 33, is the World Boxing Organization’s super flyweight champion. Making the third defense of her title, Duer defeated Maria Jose Nunez by a technical knockout in the third round. Duer knocked down her Uruguyan opponent with a left cross, Nunez scrambled to her feet before her cornerman — also her husband — threw in the towel to stop the fight.

A crowd of 2,400 was on hand to watch the bout, including the vice governor of the Buenos Aires province and world middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla ” Martinez. National Public Television aired the fight live.

Known by her nickname, “The Turk,” Duer is the daughter of Syrian immigrants to Argentina. She attended the capital’s Jaim Najman Bialik Primary School and spent more than a month in Israel in her younger years working on a kibbutz and touring the country. On weekends she went to the local Maccabi club and attended Jewish summer camp. It was there that her feisty personality was first evident.

“I liked the social activities of the Jewish community, but sometimes I got in trouble because I stood up for some disadvantaged kid,” Duer told JTA. “Injustice has always bothered me.”

Last year, Duer hit a thief who tried to steal her purse on the street.

“The ambulance came,” she recalled. “I don´t think that guy would dare steal from a girl again.”

Her bat mitzvah was celebrated at the Iona Hebrew Center. “It moves me when I go to the temple,” Duer said. “Last time I went for a tragic situation, and I was there with my family. It’s very touching for me. I’m very Jewish in many ways.”

One of those ways is through food. Duer was the producer of a television show about Sephardic food, and she worked as a waitress and bartender in her family´s restaurant.

“Hummus, lajmashin, kibbeh, falafel — I love them, and I know how to cook them, but usually I can eat very little because of my profession,” Duer said. “I’m always training and trying to reach the right weight for the fights.”

Duer’s life changed forever in 2002 when she accompanied a friend who was trying to lose weight to a gym. There she was approached by the legendary Antonio Zacarias, a well-known local trainer, who asked if she had ever boxed before. Zacarias wanted to train her, and Duer loved the idea.

As an amateur she won 19 of 20 fights. In 2007, she turned pro. Three years later she won the WBO title by defeating Lorena Pedazza by decision. She has a professional record of nine wins and three losses.

Like her ancestors — Syrian immigrants were renowned as traders — Duer has an entrepreneurial spirit, which she brings to her boxing. She actively seeks sponsors and carefully manages the business of fighting. Asked how much she expects to earn from the Nov. 12 matchup, Duer declined to answer.

“I won’t tell,” she said, “because I will be envied.”

Duer is the eighth Argentinian woman to hold a WBO boxing championship and the first Jewish one. But she’s hardly the country’s first Jewish fighter. As in the United States, decades ago Jews were leading figures in the Latin American boxing world. In 1940, Argentina’s Jaime Averboch won the welterweight title but died the same year without defending his belt. Recently retired Mariano Plotinsky (“The Demolisher”), who has fought with a Star of David on his shorts, held the WBO Intercontinental title but lost his bid for a heavyweight class world title in 2010.

In the future, Duer hopes to live in New York and train at the legendary Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, home to another celebrated Jewish fighter, Yuri Foreman. She also hopes to get more involved in educational activities.

“I would like to teach kids the difference between boxing and fighting,” she said. “My family were always very good people. I think this is a characteristic that comes from Jewish education.”

Looks like undefeated two-time world champion and current WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina isn’t having any weight issues as he sits down for healthy lunch as he prepares to take on WBC/WBO World Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in his title defense, on Saturday in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, Donaire vs Narvaez will be televised by HBO Boxing After Dark.

Narvaez and his team are at the Affinia Hotel on Seventh Avenue in Manhatthan in front of Madison Square Garden. His team consists of trainer Ruperto Ruiz, his brothers Jorge and Daniel, Dr. Franco De Turris, manager Osvaldo Rivero and Esteban Livera, owner of Luna Park.

Narvaez’s team reports that he trains twice a day. Aerobics in the morning and boxing in the afternoon. He is close to the weight and in good physical condition.

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Narvaez spoke briefly about his upcoming challenge of WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire on October 22nd at MSG’s WaMu Theater in New York City. Although Narvaez is boxing’s longest reigning world champion having held titles at 112 or 115 since 2002 and he made 16 defenses of his WBO flyweight title alone, he is given little chance to win by most pundits, but that doesn’t bother Narvaez at all.

“I know that I am the underdog for this fight. These are the kind of fights that I want to be in because this will bring out the best in me. It would have been nice if we could have fought when we both were world champions at 112 pounds but that is not the case. Everyone is going to find out that I too am fast and strong, as well. I’m going to surprise a lot of people October 22nd. I’m coming to bring those titles back to Argentina,” promised Narvaez as the large crowd at Luna Park Stadium erupted in a roar of support.