Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Vic Darchinyan Dominates Evans Mbamba in Armenia

By Alexey Sukachev

East or West, being at home is best. Eleven years after his last domestic fight, Vic Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs), the greatest Armenian pugilist of all time, made his much-awaited homecoming. At the Karen Demirchyan Sports Complex in the Armenian capital Yerevan, one of the best active bantamweights successfully retained his IBO title with a one-sided and impressively overwhelming twelve-round unanimous decision over tough-as-nails but very limited Evans Mbamba (18-2, 9 KOs) of South Africa.

The Ring #5 ranked 118lber looked his usual aggressive self from the opening bell. Darchinyan, 35, just came inside to battle with 29-year old South African and did his best to bomb Mbamba away. He was partially successful in the first round, when a crushing left uppercut to the breast section momentarily stunned Evans and put him down during the middle of the opening stanza. However, the guest fighter calmly got up and showed no signs of shock but soon thereafter switched into a full-fledged survival mode, which sadly lasted till the end of the contest almost without any breaks.

Darchinyan was very confident, boxing out of his trademark crab stance, while Mbamba, also a southpaw, was staying at the ropes, utilizing a tight nutshell to avoid any significant damage. In the next three rounds, Darchinyan showed all of his vast offensive arsenal to no effect as the South African demonstrated a tremendous chin and overall durability as an adequate answer to Vic's aggressiveness. However, Mbamba did little to upset the local national hero and was just content to survive and survive and survive...

Round five saw a tiny comeback from the challenger, who tried some huge overhand left bombs, which mostly hit air. Despite those unfruitful passages, Mbamba was able to open a slight cut over Darchinyan's left eye. In the sixth stanza, Vic immediately turned back the tide and landed some meaningful punches through Mbamba's tight guard. Both fighters were boxing good in round seven but Darchinyan had a considerable advantage in activeness, power and speed to take the round. Rounds eight and nine were in favor of Darchinyan, who mixed his body shots with right hooks and left crosses to tag Mbamba time and again. The South African was fighting in spurts but failed to deliver something bothering either to the head or to the body of the champion.

Sensing that his hometown roaring crowd needed something more than just a dominant performance, Darchinyan went in for kill when he came out for the tenth round. He put Mbamba down a couple of times, which were ruled slips and pushes by referee Phil Austin, who was overly active and interrogating throughout the contest. Darchinyan was delivering all kinds of punishment while the African fighter was just sitting at the ropes and backing up behind his guard relying much on his durability.

Darchinyan enjoyed a one-sided (possibly ten-eight) tenth stanza and did everything he could to finish off the challenger. He was unable to do so but at the end of the day it didn't matter a bit, as all three judges gave the fight to Darchinyan with identical (and surely wide) scores, which were sadly announced in Armenian rather than in English.

BoxingScene scored it 120-106 - for the Armenian national hero, who was ranked #1 by the WBA, #2 by the WBO, #5 by the WBC and #6 by the IBF, coming into this fight. Mbamba, who fought for the second time out of his native state, was best known for his one-sided loss to then-WBC interim champion Tomas Rojas in 2009.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sebastianb7312 on 09-04-2011

[QUOTE=sako5;11079288]You can't really say Abraham lacks of defensen, though. :rofl:[/QUOTE]Nah.. Arthur is decent..I can agree with you his defense is at a B level... but if he had Vics heart.. Wow! The world is his oyster...Arthur for the last 3…

Comment by minasyan on 09-03-2011

Respect for fighting in Yerevan, better then any other fight in America. Well done Vic.

Comment by sako5 on 09-03-2011

[QUOTE=sebastianb7312;11078916]Ring magazine rankings matter only too to a certain extent.. I mean Angulo is ranked 2nd after Cotto and he didn't fight for more than a year until recent.. So it's all hype...I really am dissapointed in Vic.. Although I…

Comment by THE JUGGLER on 09-03-2011

montiel vs darchiyan make it happen.

Comment by buster007 on 09-03-2011

[QUOTE=sebastianb7312;11078916]Ring magazine rankings matter only too to a certain extent.. I mean Angulo is ranked 2nd after Cotto and he didn't fight for more than a year until recent.. So it's all hype...I really am dissapointed in Vic.. Although I…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (18)
Top Headlines Joshua: Wilder Needs to Stop Crying, Feeling Sorry for Himself Toka Kahn-Clary Stops David Berna in Two Rounds Photos: Gassiev, Wlodarczyk - On Weight, Ready For WBSS Battle Joe Joyce Makes Pro Debut, Stops Ian Lewison in Eight Round Luis Ortiz Suspended By WBA, No Longer Mandatory To Joshua Photos: Corrales Very Overweight: Machado, Andrade, Fox Ready Photos: Pedro Campa vs. Carlos Jimenez - Official Weights Golovkin's Coach To Charlo: You KO'd a Cripple, Wait Your Turn! Photos: Braekhus Prepared For Lauren Kiss Attempt at Weigh-In Isaac Zarate Will Aim To Impress Against Christian Esquivel Rob Brant: I'm Confident I'll Win Entire World Boxing Super Series Barrett: When I get in the ring I turn from a goldfish into a shark! Photos: Ryan Burnett, Zhanat Zhakiyanov - Ready For Unification David Benavidez on What He Learned From Gennady Golovkin Schaefer: Dorticos-Gassiev One of Boxing's Most Exciting Fights Demetrius Andrade: Fox Was The Only Guy Willing To Fight Me! Lara Sounds Off: Lubin Was a Child! I'll Beat Charlo! I'll Beat Hurd! Haye Says He Needs To Curb 'Control Freak' Behavior as Promoter N'Dam: 1000% Confident I'll Beat Murata - He Won't Touch Me Frank Warren Talks Josh Warrington vs. Dennis Ceylan, More Badou Jack: I Want To Fight a Racist, a Scumbag - Maybe Kovalev Porter: I Don't See Myself Retiring Without Fighting Errol Spence Wilder Urges: No More Hype, Joshua Fight Needs To Happen Now! Gabe Rosado: I Want Canelo, Daniel Jacobs, Lemieux Rematch! Fox: They Think I'm a Chump; I'll Show I Belong Against Andrade Gabe Rosado Batters, Stops Glen Tapia in Sixth Round Gabe Rosado vs. Glen Tapia - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Saunders: Lemieux is GGG's Leftover Dog Meat - I Want The Dog! Video: Abel Sanchez Talks Golovkin vs. Canelo, Gassiev, More Buster Douglas Backs Wilder Over Joshua, Shakes Head at PED Use Gabe Rosado vs. Glen Tapia - LIVE Results From Las Vegas Gassiev: WBSS is Best Way To Unify, Show I'm The Best at Cruiser News: Devin Haney, Shiro vs. Guevara, Reymart Gaballo Machado: Roach Gives Me Confidence, I'm Ready For Corrales Sullivan Barrera vs. Felix Valera Part of HBO Triple on Nov. 25 Video: Richard Schaefer Talks World Boxing Super Series Ronnie Shields: Lara's Style is His Style - I Won't Change it For Critics! Photos: Ruiz vs. Montano - Boxeo Telemundo Weights Milan Melindo vs. Hekkie Budler Rematch Ordered By The IBF Schaefer: WBSS Has Elevated the Entire Cruiserweight Division
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement