Robert Garcia breaks down Nonito Donaire’s fight with Omar Narvaez

22 Oct

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Respected coach Robert Garcia – responsible for a breakthrough in young champions from his boxing academy in Oxnard, California – will work the corner for unified bantamweight world titlist Nonito Donaire on Saturday, October 22 at the Madison Square Garden, New York City and believes his fighter will dispose of challenger Omar Narvaez in the latter rounds as the undefeated Argentine will enter the contest looking to survive.

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Profile of Garcia. Credit: Stacey Verbeek, Dallas

“Narvaez is a great fighter, greater champion and if I’m not mistaken 16 title defences… now he’s moving up to challenge Nonito [at 118lbs],” said Garcia on Top Rank TV.

Providing his pre-fight analysis, Garcia, who successfully plotted the second round downfall of Fernando Montiel in February, believes Donaire will break Narvaez down despite a potentially tentative start from the former flyweight and super flyweight star.

“Taking nothing away from him, he’s defensive and will try to survive at the start and take the fight at the end in the later rounds, that’s what I think he’s going to do and we’re ready for that,” noted Garcia. “He is tough, tricky and experienced and I might be worried about that but Nonito is very fast, very powerful so little by little I think we’re going to break him down and do our job in the later rounds.”

Responding to the reports that Narvaez’s training camp had been hugely successful with the 36-year-old undergoing two arduous sessions a day, Garcia – who is the same age as Narvaez – commented: “Any great fighter will want to train hard when they fight Nonito, just like when fighters challenge Manny Pacquiao because they want to see if they can beat him and it’s the same thing with Nonito right now.

“Nonito’s skills and power is something out of this world, you don’t see other fighters with the techniques and the speed that he’s got. Not Narvaez… no one’s stopping him. Nonito will bring the fans some excitement and people will leave the arena very pleased.

“This is just the beginning,” he added. “We’ve got to be real, Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Sergio Martinez are all at the end of their careers [Whereas Nonito is starting his pound-for-pound career].”

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