(credit: Chris Farina, Top Rank)
LOS ANGELES – For the last six years, whether Vic Darchinyan was enjoying his dominant reign as a two-division kingpin or tallying a handful of losses when he moved up for more belts, only one man has remained his nemesis. That man is the owner of a thunderous counter left hook that once tranquilized "The Raging Bull," leaving Darchinyan bloodied and humbled, taking his belts en route to superstardom.
Ever since 2007, Darchinyan has chomped at the bit for a a chance to avenge his first professional defeat to Nonito Donaire.
On Nov. 9, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, the 37-year-old Armenian will be released from the bucking chute and into the squared circle as part of an HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader.
It’ll be a welcome sight for Darchinyan fans, who at one stretch had more dates on TV than a Kardashian. The 10-round bout is contracted at 126 pounds, making it the first time both fighters are moving up to the full featherweight limit. Their 2007 meeting was at 112 pounds.
However, there aren’t many people giving Darchinyan a puncher’s chance of beating Donaire. Many are even wondering why the rematch was made in the first place.
Timing, precision, quick reflexes, and counter punching: Those are all obstacles Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) presents for what many believe is a one-dimensional fighter. The consensus 2012 Fighter of the Year similarly finds himself in redemption mode following his befuddling loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in April.
Darchinyan, however, sounds unfazed. He’s salivating at the thought of finally getting a long-overdue rematch.
“I’m extra motivated for this fight,” Darchinyan said while he slowly peeled the tape off his fists. “I’m going to do everything possible in that ring to destroy him, and send him to the hospital. I don’t care what will happen to him. I’m just coming to break his head, that’s all. That’s how bad I want this fight and a victory.”