by Ronnie Nathanielsz
Former three division world champion, hard-hitting southpaw Vic Darchinyan is curently training in the mountains of Armenia, the country of his birth, in preparation for his long desired rematch with former WBO, Ring Magazine junior featherweight/super bantamweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire on November 9, which Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has indicated will takel place at the American Center in Corpus Christi, Texas .
The manager of Darchinyan, Frank Espinoza told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that Darchinyan "has been training in the mountains of Armenia and will arrive in Los Angeles next Wednesday."
Espinoza said "this is a good fight for Vic and he's been waiting for many years" for the rematch after Donaire scored a stunning 5th round knockout to win the IBF/IBO flyweight belts of Drachinyan on July 7, 2007, adding that "at this point in his career he (Darchinyan) is going to get this opportunity."
The manager confirmed that the ten round bout will take place at 126 pounds and allayed earlier concerns by Darchinyan who told the Standard some two weeks ago that he wanted to face Donaire at a catch-weight of 123-124 pounds.
Donaire who last month was walking around at 145 pounds told us last week that he would have to struggle to even make 126 but had been jogging and working out and his weight had come down to 135 which is still nine pounds over the
Espinoza didn't seem bothered by the weight and told us Darchinyan "won't have a problem" pointing out that both Donaire and Darchinyan "have never fought at 126 before" and that he expects the fight to be "a fair contest " among two worthy opponents.
With former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia relinquishing his title to move up to junior lightweight he told us during the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios press conference in Macau that he and Donaire were very good friends and would never fight each other and he was moving up to 130 pounds so Donaire could eventually get a crack at the featherweight title.
Garcia will face Roman "Rocky" Martinez for the WBO junior lightweight title while in a third exciting fight on the card Vanes Martirosyan will clash with Demetrius Andrade for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title.
Espinoza described the Top Rank Promotions card as a "great card and a great night of boxing."Tags: Nonito Donaire , Vic Darchinyan , Donaire-Darchinyan Rematch , Donaire vs. Darchinyan Rematch