A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Vic loses, but Chambers shines
IOWA CITY (BASN) — Over the past few fights, Vic Darchinyan boxed and returned to his amateur days. The right jab was followed by his left hand; it looked like Vic Darchinyan became more complete fighter.
That is until he faced Joseph Agbeko and then Darchinyan resorted to the Vic of old as he used his right hand jab as a distance finder before launching his fearsome left. Fighting at 118 pounds for the first time, Darchinyan became a one handed fighter like his early professional days.
Agbeko took advantage of this as he nailed Darchinyan with counter rights, rights that bruised and cut up Darchinyan’s face. In a fight that featured power punches thrown at all angles, it was Agbeko who won the battle of the power punches and the fight.
Darchiyan’s failure to mix up his punches allowed Agbeko to maneuver his opponent to where he wanted him to be. Agkebo proved to be the bigger puncher as powerful rights opened up cuts under both Darchinyan’s eyes.
Darchinyan’s big left didn’t seem to have the same effect on Agbeko as it did on opponents in the lower weight divisions. Part of the reason could have been simply because Agbeko is too good to be beaten by a one handed fighter.
After the fight, Darchiyan observed, “I went for the big punch and I paid for it. I lost. I can’t say anything. I was getting upset and repeating some mistakes. It’s not an excuse. I took a bad tactic and I wasn’t smart tonight.”
Agbeko retained his IBF bantamweight championship and no one complained.
Manny Pacquaio began his career fighting a similar style to Darchiyan but as he moved up in weight, he learned to use both hands and as a result, he could beat bigger fighters at higher weights.
If Darchiyan wants to win in the higher weight divisions against bigger foes, he will have to follow the Pac Man example and become a consistent two hand fighter.
Antonio DeMarco faced Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho in a battle to determine WBC current champion Edwin Valero next opponent. Adjaho’s style confused DeMarco, as the bigger punching Mexican rarely could land a solid shot against the slick Adjaho over the first eight rounds.
DeMarco attacked throughout the bout but he never seemed able to trap Adjaho to unleash his power punches.DeMarco went head hunting and rarely used his fearsome hook to the body.
This changed in the ninth when DeMarco finally nailed Adjaho with a straight left that sent Adjaho reeling against the rope. DeMarco pursued and Adjaho decided to take a knee but before his knee hit the ground, he got nailed with one more shot.
This sent Adjaho face first to the floor and he was counted out. He protested that he was hit while on the ground but replays showed that the punch landed before he actually hit the ground.
DeMarco came away with a knockout victory but throughout the bout, he rarely looked like championship contender but a young fighter still trying to figure out how to trap a cutie.
In a fight that no one in America saw, Eddie Chambers upset Alex Dimitrenko. Fighting in Europe, the slick boxing Chambers out boxed the taller Dimitrenko and demonstrated all his skills.
The light punching Chambers frustrated Dimitrenko and showed the boxing world that just maybe that he is the best American fighter. In the past, I have stated that Chambers’ biggest problem had been his lack of power and this weakness could prove his Achilles heel against the Klitschko’s brothers.
Chambers did show that he could beat any of the fighters underneath the Klitschko’s brother. Still, Chambers does have the option to move down to Cruiserweight and challenge for a title at that weight.
Chambers’ preference would be stay a heavyweight since there is more money to be made in that division but his quickness would work in both divisions and his lack of power would not hamper him as much in the lower weight division.