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Boxing’s Mr. Excitement
NEW YORK (BASN) — Unified WBC/WBA super flyweight champion, Vic Darchinyan is still one of the most exciting fighters in boxing. It’s no wonder why Showtime continues to include “The Raging Bull” in the budget to the delight of their monthly subscribers.
During a very special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, Darchinyan (34-2-1, 27 KOs) of Australia, successfully defended his unified 115-pound championships with a hard-earned 12-round unanimous decision against Mexican Rodrigo Guerrero (13-2-1, 9 KOs).
It was Darchinyan’s fourth title defense since August 2008. The ShoBox card occurred this past Saturday night at The Show in the Agua Caliente Spa and Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA.
Darchinyan, a fan of the knockout, enjoys using solid boxing technique to punish opponents before finishing them on style. Darchinyan landed a series of powerful punches during what turned out to be an exciting slugfest.
Even Darchinyan was surprised by Guerrero’s resilience after 12 rounds.
“I have never had an opponent stand up to me like he did,” said the young 34 year-old champion. Darchinyan was ahead on all three official judges’ scorecards: 120-108, 118-109, and 117-111. Darchinyan did get the big KO, but the scores was a numerical replica of the champion’s dominance.
Guerrero was game and he took full advantage of the opportunity to fight for Darchinyan’s world super flyweight championships on a nationally televised broadcast.
Guerrero surprised the champion with a few power shots of his own, but it takes more than determination, a little more finesse, and more experience to uncrown Darchinyan.
“If I don’t train hard for this fight, if I take this guy lightly, this is a much harder fight, and maybe I lose,” Darchinyan said honestly. “This kid is a very good fighter. I hit him with a lot of good punches, but he took them all and kept coming back.”
The points defeat spelled the end of Guerrero’s 11-fight win streak.
“I am not happy that I lost, but I feel really good that people finally got to see who I am, that I can fight and that I came here to win and not to lose or fall down,” said Guerrero, who suffered a cut on the right eye following an unintentional head butt in round four.
The victory was Darchinyan’s second consecutive since losing a non-title bid to move-up in weight to 118 to challenge for the IBF bantamweight championship. Darchinyan dropped a 12-round unanimous decision to then defending champion Joesph Agbeko in July 2009.
That bout was also aired live on Showtime.
The Darchinyan-Showtime relationship should never end
Darchinyan spells excitement. Darchinyan spells ‘knockout’. As a result, Darchinyan has become a household name on Showtime. In fact, his last six fights were aired live on the network.
Even after Darchinyan lost his IBF/IBO flyweight titles on a knockout loss to Nonito Donaire in July 2007, Showtime has continued to support Vic Darchinyan.
“People love my style,” Darchinyan once stated. Showtime was behind him following the Donaire defeat when the Australian moved-up in weight to become the Undisputed World Super Flyweight Champion.
Darchinyan KO’d Dimirty Kirillov (KO 5) to claim the IBF super flyweight title before knocking out unified WBC/WBA champion Cristian Mijares (KO 9) in 2008 to unify the 115-pound championships.
Since then, Darchinyan has successfully defended his 115-pound titles four times; winning three by knockout. Perhaps the most grueling was an eleven-round TKO of Jorge Arce in February ’09.
It was a brutal fight in which Darchinyan was stunned several times and pushed to the limit, but his technical skills and raw power eventually broke down a bloody Arce.
The fight was stopped due to the cuts above Arce’s eyes. D archinyan has won two in a row since a failed bid to claim the IBF bantamweight title from Agbeko last summer.
Showtime’s busy fight schedule
Aside from Vic Darchinyan, Showtime’s fiscal budget also includes the epic Super Six World Boxing Classic. Thus far, observers of Group Stage 1 have witnessed intriguing fights that include:
– Carl Froch’s 12-round decision win against 2004 U.S. Olympian Andre Dirrell.
– Arthur Abraham’s stunning final-round KO of Jermain Taylor.
– And 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward’s resounding technical points win over Mikkel Kessler to claim the WBA super middleweight championship.
The Super Six World Boxing Classic will return on Saturday, March 27, as Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) of Germany tackles with Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) of Flint, MI. Dirrell will have the distinct home advantage, as the bout will take place at the legendary Joe Louis Arena in Detroit beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Group Stage 2 will resume with an international doubleheader beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 24. Froch (26-0, 20 KOs), the unbeaten WBC 168-pound champion, makes title defense number three against former two-time world champion Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) in Germany.
The second-half of the program features Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) making a hometown title defense against Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) in Oakland. Green is a fill-in for Taylor.
Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions will present their first fight card in the history of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 2, at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The main event will feature undefeated junior middleweight Erislandy Lara (10-0, 6 KOs) of Cuba against Danny Perez (34-6, 17 KOs) of California. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. Plus, featherweight Carlos Velazquez of Puerto Rico will also appear on the show.
Last and certainly not least, Israel Vazquez (44-4, 32 KOs) vs. Raul Marquez (38-5, 34 KOs) IV will be the featured main event of a Showtime doubleheader on Saturday, May 22, at 9 p.m. ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The co-featured attraction is IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0, 14 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (19-0, 12 KOs).