Narvaez beats Asloum, retains WBO flyweight title

LE CANNET, France -- Omar Narvaez of Argentina retained his
WBO flyweight title Saturday with a unanimous decision over Brahim
Asloum of France.

Narvaez remained unbeaten with 24 wins and two draws in 26
fights. All three judges had him clearly ahead, scoring it 118-109,
117-110, 116-111.

It was the second loss for Asloum in 22 fights. His other defeat
also came on points, to Lorenzo Parra of Venezuela in December 2005
for the WBA flyweight title.

Narvaez controlled the opening two rounds, catching his opponent
with sharp jabs, although his tendency to drop his guard allowed
Asloum to connect with strong left hooks to the jaw and nose in the
third -- the Frenchman's best round.

Asloum also wobbled Narvaez with a right in the fifth but could
not follow up against a quicker opponent and began to tire,
backpedaling to stay away from danger. Asloum spent much of the
next three rounds against the ropes trying to fend off rapid
punches, and when he ventured into the middle of the ring, Narvaez
hit him repeatedly.

Trailing on points and needing a knockout, Asloum landed rights
in the 10th and 12th rounds, but never really troubled Narvaez, who
ended with a succession of quick punches to Asloum's head and body.