The Oklahoma City Thunder have been ready to get this season under...
Darchinyan KO’s Mijares In Cali
Darchinyan-Mijares was the main event attraction of a Showtime Championship Boxing doubleheader from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca. on Saturday night.
Darchinyan’s knockout of Mijares was bigger than the night he halted an unbeaten Irene Pacheco (TKO 11) to capture the IBF 112-pound title four years ago. It was also bigger than than any of Darchinyan’s previous eight world title victories that included a dominant five-round KO of Dimitri Kirilov to become a two-division world champion.
Darchinyan’s dominance of Mijares was indeed the biggest victory of his career because, the newly crowned WBC/WBA and remaining IBF champion dominated a fighter, with greater technical skills and a solid chin, at a higher weight division.
“I promised I will show him I’m skillful, I’m smart, I’m going to destroy him, and I will knock him out,” Darchinyan said immediately following the historic triumph.
Darchinyan’s supremacy of Mijares became abundantly clear in the opening round when he measured Mijares with his left before launching a right-left hook combination that landed flush.
Darchinyan’s initiative led to his being aggressive and overpowering. He dropped Mijares with a solid left uppercut at the end of the first round.Darchinyan’s power in his left hand was eminent. The fight was pretty much a one-sided affair. Darchinyan measured and planted left hands across Mijares’ chin the entire fight, but wasn’t reckless. Darchinyan used a very well-timed and calculated attack that was consistent.
Darchinyan impressed the boxing world not only with his power, but also his technical mastery against Mijares. Darchinyan’s timing and combination punching from both long range and on the inside was shocking. It didn’t matter what adjustments Mijares made, Darchinyan’s superior power was the difference maker.
The end occurred when Darchinyan stunned Mijares following an accumulation of punches that was followed by a solid left uppercut to Mijares’ chin that flattened him square on his back.
“In the ninth round, I knock him out,” Darchinyan said. “I keep my promise. That’s very important for me” Darchinyan stated. “I knock him out.”
Andre Dirrell shuts down Victor OganovSupporting Darchinyan-Mijares was an entertaining co-feature between undefeated super middleweight prospect Andre Dirrell and Victor Oganov.
Dirrell (17-0, 11 KOs) put forth a dazzling display hand speed, power, and defense during a sixth-round TKO victory against hard-hitting Victor Oganov (28-2, 28 KOs) to become the No.1-ranked challenger for WBO 168-pound champion Denis Inkin.
It looked as though the bout would end much sooner because, Oganov was overwhelmed by Dirrell’s aggressiveness. Dirrell’s threw jabs, hooks, uppercuts, and was in position to block Oganov’s punches. Dirrell had Oganov reeling into the ropes; punishing him with sharp combinations that were fast and furious. Toward the end of the round, Oganov was warned by the referee to fight back and he did show his sturdiness.
“He was a lot stronger than I thought,” Dirrell said. “I take nothing away from him tonight. He’s a great fighter, but I did my thing and now I’m number one.”Dirrell shifted gears in the second round by using his jab and footwork. The shorter 5′ 9″ Oganov had a hard time connecting his looping, but hard shots on the 6′ 2″ Dirrell. In the third, Dirrell survived a low-blow that wasn’t called by the referee and Oganov’s solid body attack.
Oganov also suffered a cut on his right eye. The cut became much worse when Dirrell kept poking it with jabs and hooks. Dirrell’s punching power and greater technical skills was too great for Oganov, as the bout was stopped 32 seconds into round six.
Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. bests Matt Vanda in rematch
Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs) beat Matt Vanda (39-7, 22 KOs) in a rematch from their July 2008 bout on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino on Saturday. Many felt that Chavez, Jr. the son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, didn’t deserve the split-decision win over Vanda last year. However, there was no doubt about Chavez Jr.’s dominance in what was a very entertaining rematch.
All three judges scored the bout 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93 for Chavez, Jr., who had difficulty making the 154-pound weight limit. The bout limit was readjusted to 156 which gave Chavez, Jr. an advantage.
In other bouts: IBF flyweight champion Nonito Donaire(23-1, 13 KOs), the only fighter to have beaten Darchinyan, stopped IBF mandatory challenger Moruti Mthalane (22-2, 15 KOs) at 1:31 of the sixth round. The bout was Donaire’s first in nearly one year and it showed because, the champion looked rusty. Donaire didn’t have the same explosiveness that led his dramatic upset fourth round KO of Darchinyan on 07-07-07.
Donaire simply won this fight because he was simply bigger than an overmatched Mthalane, who had never fought outside of his native Africa professionally.
Junior welterweight prospect Lamont Peterson (26-0, 12 KOs) remained undefeated following a decisive 10-round unanimous decision against Lanardo Tyler (19-2, 11 KOs). All three judges scored the near shutout: 99-87, 99-90, and 98-91.
WBA interim super flyweight champion Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) successfully defended his belt by stopping Isidro Garcia (25-5-2, 8 KOs) at 48 seconds into the fourth round.
Darchinyan vs. Arce anyone?
Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Joe Calzaghe looms
The highly anticipated light-heavyweight showdown between Roy Jones, Jr. and Joe Calzaghe will commence on November 15th, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The bout will be aired on HBO Pay-Per-View and it should be one of the best fights in 2008.
Jones, in one of the rare occasions in his career, enters his bout with the unbeaten Calzaghe as an underdog. Jones appeared relax and very confident when meeting with the media at the Bernard Hopkins vs. Kelly Pavlik fight two weeks ago and during a recent stop at a local Manhattan gym in New York City.
Jones is more than a live underdog. He actually has a legitimate chance to unseat Calzaghe from off his unbeaten pedestal. Jones is a former world champion at 160, 168, 175, and won the WBA heavyweight championship in 2003 before moving back down to light-heavyweight to recapture the world light-heavyweight title that same year.
But since his return to 175, everyone points top his three losses (two by devastating knockout) to Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson. Many are not convinced that Jones is back, despite wining the in a row including a 12-round decision against an overweight Felix Trinidad.
Well Jones will have a great opportunity to reestablish his legacy when he fights Calzaghe, perhaps the greatest super middleweight in boxing history.