Vic Darchinyan Looking For Redemption With Donaire

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Former three division world champion Vic Darchinyan is seeking to avenge his stunning 5th round knockout by four division champion and  2012 “Fighter of the Year” Nonito “The Filipino Flash” on July 7, 2007 when they face off in a rematch at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on November 10, Manila Time.

Darchinyan’s manager Frank Espinoza told Standard  that Darchinyan was “doing very well in training” and works out at the Glendale Boxing Gym in California.

He said since the fight will be a ten round, featherweight bout Darchinyan has no problems making the weight. It will be the first 126 pound fight for both Donaire and Darchinyan.

Espinoza told the Standard that Darchinyan “is getting ready and is looking for redemption. He has waited six years for this fight and wants to take advantage of the chance to avenge the loss of his IBF and IBO flyweight belts to Donaire."

The manager said Darchinyan has been sparring with former two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez who has a record of six knockouts in six wins as a pro and became the first Mexican Youth World Champion.

Espinoza reported that another sparring mate of Darchinyan is undefeated Australian IBO super  featherweight champion Will Tomlinson who has a record of  21-0-1 with 12 knockouts..

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told us last Monday before his return to the US after checking on Manny Pacquiao’s training for the showdown with Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in Macau on November 24 noted that Donaire will have a tough fight on his hands against Drachinyan “who really launched Donaire’s career” when he lost in July 2007.

Arum described his Corpus Christi event as “a great card” with former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia who he said “is a sensational fighter” going up against Ramon “Rocky” Martinez for the Puerto Rican’s junior lightweight title in the main event which Arum indicated “should be a terrific fight”  and Vanes Martirosyan fighting for the vacant  junior middleweight title against Demetrius  Andrade with undefeated Jamaican Nicholas Walters (22-0, 18 KO’s) taking on Alberto Garza (25—5-1, 20 KO’s)  of Mexico for the WBO featherweight title.

Meantime, Donaire who has been working out at trainer Robert Garcia's gym in Oxnard has had his father, Nonito "Dodong" Donaire Sr also helping in preparing Nonito for his first fight as a featherweight and by all indications Donaire Sr has been a welcome addition to the training camp.
Arum said that during a meeting with ABS-CBN’S Gabby Lopez and Peter Musgni  he was told that the giant broadcast network “is going to take all four fights.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by U_TALKING_2_ME? on 10-31-2013

Hes looking for redemption? Then he had better bring a gun into the ring because that would be his only chance at redemption.

Comment by Souwester on 10-31-2013

[QUOTE=TangInaMo Floyd;13886757]Same result on Round 5! [url][/url][/QUOTE] I was surprised that Darchinyan was able to get up but then he quickly stumbled to the ropes.

Comment by hyeduk on 10-30-2013

Its gonna be a great card. Everyone was hating on this fight but everyone will be watching it. There will be no Kos. Probably Donaire by UD in a competitive fight. You need to understand that Darchinyan has never been…

Comment by TangInaMo Floyd on 10-30-2013

Same result on Round 5! [url][/url]

Comment by Souwester on 10-30-2013

Great to see Darchinyan taking this fight seriously. It's going to be a war inside the ring on Nov. 9, the loser gets KO'd imo.

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