By Keith Idec
Vic Darchinyan has been waiting for the chance he’ll get Nov. 9 since the night Nonito Donaire drilled him with that perfect left hook six years ago.
There were times the abrasive Armenian southpaw suspected he’d never get this rematch. Now that he has it, Darchinyan didn’t waste any time telling Nonito Donaire what will happen when they meet again in an HBO “Boxing After Dark” co-feature at American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas.
“Six years ago, I lost to Nonito Donaire,” Darchinyan said during a news conference to announce the card. “No one knew about him at that time. I made him. I’m here to break him. You will see it. I make him. I’m going to break him.”
Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) was 28-0 entering his IBF flyweight title fight against Donaire in July 2007. Donaire, who was 17-1 and a decided underdog, crushed Darchinyan with a left hook to the chin in the fifth round. Referee Eddie Claudio called a halt to the fight after a completely disoriented Darchinyan reached his feet, only to stumble across the ring and fall into the ropes in Bridgeport, Conn.
Before losing his last fight to Cuban southpaw Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) on April 13 in New York, the 30-year-old Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) had won 13 straight fights since defeating Darchinyan. Darchinyan, 37, has lost three unanimous decisions, dropped a split decision and settled for a draw since Donaire defeated him.
“There’s already a lot of tension,” Donaire said, “as you know. ‘I make him and break him.’ That’s from Darchinyan. I expected as much from Darchinyan. You know, I thought that age would subside a little bit of the hatred, but apparently not. Which is why I say that this fight is going to be an incredible fight, because of the fact that for them six years, I’ve taken everything away from him, everything that he has worked for all his life.
“That’s why I look forward to this fight, because I know I will see a guy’s who’s determined. A man who’s out there for vengeance, a man who’s out there for everything he wants back. And I was that guy [that took it from him]. So I guess what I’m trying to say is it will be an incredible fight.”
In addition to the 12-round, 122-pound rematch between Donaire and Darchinyan, HBO will televise two more fights Nov. 9 as part of a tripleheader.
The main event is set to pit Puerto Rico’s Roman “Rocky” Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KOs) against Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs) in a 12-round fight for Martinez’s WBO super featherweight title. The opening bout will match Vanes Martyrosian (33-0-1, 21 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., against Demtrius Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs), of Providence, R.I., in a 12-rounder for the vacant WBO junior middleweight championship.
Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.