BASN Boxing Spotlight: Darchinyan vs. Mijares

By Francis Walker
Updated: October 31, 2008

Cristian Mijares (left) is a solid boxer and and Vic Darchinyan (right) is recognized for having devastating knockout power. Some believe that Mijares will have an edge what should be an entertaining battle of southpaws. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/Showtime

Cristian Mijares (left) is a solid boxer and and Vic Darchinyan (right) is recognized for having devastating knockout power. Some believe that Mijares will have an edge what should be an entertaining battle of southpaws. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/Showtime

NEW YORK — When Vic Darchinyan (30-1-1, 24 KOs) takes on Cristian Mijares (35-2-3, 13 KOs) the two will attempt to unify the world super flyweight championship. The winner will clearly become the undisputed world champion at 115 pounds.

Darchinyan vs. Mijares will headline a Showtime Championship Boxing doubleheader from the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

“I’m going to put on a show for my Armenian fans at The Home Depot Center,” Darchinyan said during a recent public workout. “I want to become the undisputed world champion after this fight.”

WBC/WBA super flyweight champion, Cristian Mijares (left) and IBF champion, Vic Darchinyan (right) will collide on Saturday, November 1, at Home Depot Center to determine the undisputed world super flyweight champion. Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

WBC/WBA super flyweight champion, Cristian Mijares (left) and IBF champion, Vic Darchinyan (right) will collide on Saturday, November 1, at Home Depot Center to determine the undisputed world super flyweight champion. Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

Darchinyan is Showtime. He’s the type of fighter that looks for the knockout in every round of each bout using an aggressive one-punch, southpaw style. Darchinyan also has a 100% victory-knockout ratio in world title fights (9-1, 9 KOs).

The 32 year-old Armenian understands that Mijares, 27, Mexico, is a very good boxer and that it’s going to take more than one punch to defeat him.

“On Saturday, you’re going to see a different Vic Darchinyan,” the Armenian added. “I won’t try to take him out with just one punch. You’re going to see a much smarter Vic on Saturday night.”

As a former competitor at 112 pounds, Darchinyan’s stellar eight-bout KO streak in title fights came to a crashing halt in an IBF title defense against Nonito Donaire on July 7, 2007.

Vic Darchinyan hits the speed bag in preparation for his bout on Saturday. Photo credit: Jorge Garcia/Showtime

Vic Darchinyan hits the speed bag in preparation for his bout on Saturday. Photo credit: Jorge Garcia/Showtime

Donaire, looking to avenge older brother Glenn Donaire’s loss to Darchinyan in October 2006, captured the IBF flyweight title in spectacular fashion. Looking to apply increasing pressure, Darchinyan walked straight into a solid left jab that dropped him on his back. Darchinyan couldn’t recover.

“In my one loss my opponent didn’t beat me, I beat myself,” Darchinyan referring to his loss to Donaire. “You won’t see any of that against Mijares. I’m going to prove that I am focused to be the undisputed world champion.”

Darchinyan has since moved up in weight to 115 and has fought three times (2-0-1, 2 KOs). Darchinyan struggled with journeyman Federico Catubay before stopping him the twelfth round in October 2007. Darchinyan fought Z Gorres to a 12-round draw in February.

When Darchinyan steamrolled through Kirlov to capture the IBF title in August 2008, the Russian only had nine stoppage wins in 33 professional bouts and hadn’t registered a knockout win in more than five years. There was no question that Darchinyan’s aggressive-punching style would be too much for Kirlov.

Darchinyan will definitely have a fight on his hands when he meets Mijares, another southpaw.

“I’ve fought southpaws before,” Darchinyan said. “It’s no different for me.”

Having competed in 11 world title fights, Mijares enters this contest as the unified WBC/WBA champion. Mijares is recognized for his boxing skills and granite chin. Amongst his biggest wins was a very shocking lopsided 12-round decision over Jorge Arce, who entered their bout with an unbeaten eight-year, 26-fight win streak.

Mijares has fought three times this year. In his previous bout, Mijares stopped Chatchai Sasakui in August.

“Mijares is a very good fighter, but that’s OK when you fight someone that doesn’t have the power that I have,” Darchinyan said. “He’s fought guys that don’t have my power.”

Dirrell-Organov rounds out Showtime doubleheader

Unbeaten super middleweight prospect Andre Dirrell plans to excite the Home Depot Center and everyone watching on Showtime on Saturday. Photo credit: Jorge Garcia/Showtime

Unbeaten super middleweight prospect Andre Dirrell plans to excite the Home Depot Center and everyone watching on Showtime on Saturday. Photo credit: Jorge Garcia/Showtime

Andre Dirrell (16-0, 11 KOs) and Victor Oganov (28-1, 28 KOs) will battle in a 10-round super middleweight contest in the co-feature. Dirrell hopes to position himself for a world tile fight next year and to do that he must remain undefeated against a fighter with a 100% career knockout-victory percentage.

“I’m well prepared for this fight,” Dirrell said. “I know he’s a knockout artist, so I’ve been training with guys who can knock me out. I am mentally and physically prepared.”

Oganov was 28-0, having not fought past seven rounds round in his professional career. That was until he fought Fulgencio Zuniga in September 2007 on ShoBox: The New Generation. Zuniga withstood Oganov’s power and actually out-boxed him.

With a 100% career-knockout percentage, Victor Oganov shouldn't be underestimated. He challenges unbeaten Andre Dirrell Saturday on Showtime. Photo credit: Jorge Garcia/Showtime

With a 100% career-knockout percentage, Victor Oganov shouldn't be underestimated. He challenges unbeaten Andre Dirrell Saturday on Showtime. Photo credit: Jorge Garcia/Showtime

The pressure of being in a real fight must have overwhelmed Oganov, 32, Russia, as he was stopped in the ninth round.

Dirrell, 26, Flint, Michigan, is considered one of the rising future stars of the 168-pound class and is far better then Zuniga. Dirrell is expected to and will shine on Saturday. At 6-foot-2, Dirrell is much bigger than the 5-foot-9 Oganov. Dirrell, overall, is more athletic, durable, faster, stronger, and has the better boxing skills.

“I’m in tip-top shape,” Dirrell stated. “All I have to do is use what I’ve been working on in training camp and show the viewers on Showtime and the fans at The Home Depot Center that I am an exciting fighter.”

Bute vs. Andrede revisted

There’s lots of talk about how Librado Andrade (27-1, 21 KOs) was robbed of the IBF super middleweight championship against Lucian Bute (23-0, 18 KOs) last week Friday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Had Andrade returned to his corner, as instructed by no-non sense referee Marlon Wright, Bute would have clearly lost his world championship.

There was no way Bute would have survived that vicious onslaught in the final round. The man was clearly out on his feet. Buteshould be ashamed of himself for going to war with the challenger in the final round, after boxing intelligently in the previous eleven rounds.

Andrade’s best chance to win the fight was to use his pressure style to force a very probable knockout. When it finally happened, Andrade’s neglect toward the referee’s instruction cost him.

For the record, Bute was winning on this writer’s scorecard 115-111 at the end of twelve rounds. Had Bute not ran out there trying to go to war with Andrade, his victory would have been easier to swallow for many.

If Bute isn’t intimidated by Andrade’s strength, he bests him again in then rematch. There should be a rematch.

Mikkel Kessler – WBA super middleweight champion

Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) retained his WBA super middleweight championship with a third round TKO stoppage win against Danilo Haussler (29-3-1, 7 KOs) last Saturday in Germany. It was Kessler’s first successful defense of the WBA 168-pound title he regained on June 21, knocking out previously unbeaten Dimitri Sartison in the twelfth and final round.

Earlier this year, Kessler was accused of pulling out of an intriguing fight with Edison Miranda here in the United States in June. What was considered a lost opportunity for Kessler proved to be a win-win for him.

Not only did Miranda get starched by IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham in a rematch, but Kessler made more money fighting his native Copenhagen, Denmark for a chance to regain a world super middleweight title by beating Sartison.

Kessler is back on top of the super middleweight division once again. His only loss occurred in November 2007 against Joe Calzaghe (L12) in front of more than 50,000 at Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Calzaghe was recognized as the No.1 man in the division with Kessler at No. 2.

For the record, Kessler owns a decisive 12-round shutout win over Andrade.