Almost all boxing fans and boxing people in the business know the “Brown Bomber” Joe Louis had 25 title defenses. Few know that Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. had 27. Saturday 38 year-old WBO Super Fly Champ Omar Andres Narvaez, 42-1-2 (23) of Cordoba, Argentina made his 26th title defense. He had 16 title defenses as the WBO Fly champion and just made his 3rd defense of his WBO Super Flyweight title.
Narvaez won the WBO Flyweight title in July of 2002 and the Super Flyweight title in May of 2010. His only defeat in 45 fights was when he attempted to move up to bantamweight and challenge Nonito Donaire, 26-1, for the WBC/WBO titles at Madison Square Garden, NY, in October of 2011 losing over 12 rounds.
Only 7 of his 45 fights have been outside of his home country of Argentina. He won a SD12 in December 2002 over Andrea Sarritzu, 17-1-1, and in a rematch it ended DSD12 with the same Sarritzu in August of 2003 with both bouts in Italy where his opponent was from.
In November of 2003 Narvaez won RTD10 over Russian Alexander Makhmutov, 42-6, in France in his first of 3 French appearances. This was followed by a WTKO11 over Bernard Inom, 13-0, in December of 2005. In his final bout in France he defeated French Olympian Brahim Asloum, 21-1, over 12 rounds in March of 2007. In Spain he defeated Ivan Pozo, 28-4, of Spain WRTD7 in May of 2008.
Early in the career of Narvaez he had one of his 2 draws DMD4 against Carlos Alberto Montivero, 10-1-1, of Argentina. There was never a rematch.
In 2012 and 2013 Narvaez had 3 fights each. If he has 2 more this year he will surpass Chavez.