Narvaez retains belt in 10th round TKO over Whitfield

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Sunday, February 8, 2009.

Last night in front of 5,000 fans at Nuevo Palacio Aurinegro in Puerto Madryn, South America's top boxer was in fine form as WBO Flyweight Champion Omar Andres Narvaez stopped the challenge of top American Raytona Whitfield.

It was a clash of two undefeated men with the taller Whitfield towering over the smaller southpaw champion but what "El Huracan" lacked in height, he more than made up in heart and aggressiveness.

Whitfield tried to keep the champion at bay in the initial rounds with the jab and good foot movement but Narvaez managed to make it a close quarters tear up, negating the American's advantages.

At 33 years of age, Narvaez continued to display his mastery in the ring, as Whitfield was unable to penetrate the champion's tight defense nor stop the southpaw from coming forward effectively.

The middle rounds saw Narvaez mount a heavily one sided campaign and Whitfield's cause was further damaged when he lost points in the seventh and ninth frames for use of the elbow.

By the tenth round, Narvaez was dishing out a high level of punishment, forcing referee Samuel Viruet to stop the bout and Whitfield's chances of taking home the WBO belt.

With the win, Narvaez improves to 29-0-2 and overtakes legendary middleweight champion Carlos Monzon's Argentine record of 14 world title defenses by making the 15th consecutive defense of the WBO Flyweight belt.

Whitfield suffers his first loss despite a good showing at times, dropping to 22-1.