Omar Narvaez (39-1-2, 20 KO’s) vs. Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-10-1, 10 KO’s) –Argentina
The last time U.S. fans saw Narvaez, he was putting on a non-performance against Nonito Donaire in 2011 but truth is he’s not a bad fighter. He’s been a world champion since 2002, holding the WBO flyweight and super flyweight titles, the latter of which he’ll be defending this weekend. He’s based his entire career, save one bout, in Argentina and is seen regularly on TYC Sports “Boxeo de Primera” broadcasts.
Hisataka’s had plenty of world title tries, but has yet to win one. In recent years he’s become a “win some-lose some” type of fighter. One good thing to be said about him; in his 10 losses he’s only been stopped once, that being his pro debut in 2001. Narvaez wins this one by a shutout over 12 rounds.
Maurice Harris (26-17-2, 11 KO’s) vs. Amir Mansour (18-0, 14 KO’s) –Dover, Delaware
Harris is a former USBA heavyweight title holder who’s been around a long time. You may
remember him as the victim of The Rings knockout of the year in 1999 when he was starched by Derrick Jefferson on HBO. He’s faced quite a few top names in his 21 years as a pro, but never got the big win to push him forward.
Mansour is the current World Boxing Federation Intercontinental heavyweight champion, and Harris is the latest in his trip through the division’s journeymen. He was inactive for all of 2012, but scored two first round knockouts this year over Dominique Alexander and Jason Gavern. Harris should serve as another KO statistic on Mansour’s record.