By default Armenian banger and WBA and WBC light bantamweight champion Vic Darchinyan is headlining a Showtime Event that is to take place this Saturday, March 6th, at Aqua Caliente Casino in the desert in Southern California. Darchinyan’s title defense against little known Mexican fighter, Rodrigo Guerrero ( 13-1-1,9KO’S) was supposed to be a supporting bout to an important Super Six Tournament showdown of his countryman King Arthur Abraham and American Olympian Andre Dirrell. Citing back injury Dirrell requested postponement jeopardizing a sold out event. But Showtime executives, as well as casino people, based on past experiences, decided to go ahead with the card. Showtime suites were not worried. Darchinyan has been in this situation before, when the main event got cancelled, and he has delivered. As the matter of fact, little big man consistently delivered excitement to Showtime viewers for the past several years. His brush and cocky attitude, unique fighting style and raw punching power in both hands are guaranteed to bring excitement to fans in the arena as well as on television.
I have covered quite a few fights with Australian based champion, from inhalation of Russian title holder, Dimitri Kirilov in Washington to a total destruction of Mexican, Jorge Arce in California, and by now I do not even have to interview him. I know what he is going to say. Here is the sample. “I do not respect any opponent. I will demolish him. I will punish him and then I will knock him out.”
A member of 2000 Armenian Olympic team in Athens, with wealth of amateur experience, Darchinyan comes into the squared circle not to box, but to fight; his only goal is to destroy his opponent and that inspires admiration of fans, win or loose.With a professional record of 33-2-1 with 27 wins by way of knock out, one loss has been on Vic’s mind for the past several years. In August of 2007, completely distracted Darchinyan, with his wife about to have a new born baby in Australia, got knocked out by an arising star Nonito Donaire. Lightning fast left hook that Vic never saw dropped him for good for a first professional loss of his career; it was named a knock out of the year. A few minutes after the bout was called of Darchinyan still did not know what happened.
Darchinyan has been calling out Donaire for a rematch ever since that horrible night in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It remains to be seen whether it was a good idea, but the politics of boxing, such as Donaire switching promoters, have prevented this rematch from taking place for the last two and a half years. But may be the time has come. As of late, both pugs have been fighting insignificant opposition and both need a big name opponent desperately to advance in their careers. In the words of a Hall of fame promoter Bob Arum, every good match up needs time to be baked. But at the same time one does not want to over bake the cake. Last time out in Las Vegas, Donaire destroyed a late substitute, Mexican Manuel Vargas within three rounds. Should Darchinyan get rid of his opponent on Saturday as expected, the stage will be set for long anticipated rematch. Let’s hope that boxing politics or promoters disagreements will not be able to stand in the way of what boxing fans want to see.