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Vic Darchinyan's Manager Discusses Yamanaka Title Bout

Australia's three-division boxing world champion Vic Darchinyan has been given the chance to fight for another bantamweight crown, with an April 1 challenge to Japan's WBC champion Shinsuke Yamanaka.

The fight is expected to be staged in Tokyo.

Southpaw Yamanaka, 29, (15-0-2 11 KOs) will be making the first defence of the title he won last November.

All of his professional fights have been in Japan, but fighting in that country holds no fears for Darchinyan.

"In Vic's T-shirt sales, Japan ranks number two behind Armenia and Russia, so he's got a lot of Japanese followers," Darchinyan's manager Elias Nassar told AAP.

"He loves the style of Japanese fighters because they are warriors and they come to fight and that's the way Vic thinks boxing should be.

"He (Yamanaka) is very aggressive, he won't be intimidated and doesn't take a backward step."

Darchinyan's professional record dropped to 37-4-1 (27 KOs) after his points loss last month to WBA bantamweight Super champion Anselmo Moreno.

Nassar said Darchinyan received a lot of offers following the loss, but had a warning for all those people who considered his charge a trial horse.

"Vic has always been very good off the rebound, people start to doubt him and he becomes an underdog and he wants to prove everyone wrong and puts in a stunning performance," Nassar said.

"They put one and one together and they see he is 36 years old, he's at the end of his game and a lot of people suddenly think Vic is a stepping stone.

"You want to be careful what you wish for if you think Vic Darchinyan is a stepping stone."

Nassar said Darchinyan was still in the United States but had already resumed training and was ecstatic at the prospect of fighting in Japan.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by rey guey on 01-17-2012

you gotta give Vic props, he unlike a lot other fighters fights anybody. Yamanaka gets tagged a lot and so does Vic so it should be a great fight. this fight is going to be a war

Comment by Burat Mo on 01-17-2012

With Yamanaka, Uchiyama, Nishioka, Iota, Japan is way ahead of Armenia and Russia in boxing. The Tshirt is an influence from Marquez who always wears fake print tshirts made in Mexico.:soapbox:

Comment by Burat Mo on 01-17-2012

How can Darchinyan coming from another loss be given a chance again for a world title. Now I know because WBC sucks.:lame:

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