On Saturday night in Corpus Christi, Texas, four-division world champion Nonito Donaire makes his long-awaited return to action after losing to Guillermo Rigondeaux by unanimous decision last April. His opponent will be the always ready Vic Darchinyan.
Donaire's Round 5, one-punch stoppage of Darchinyan in July 2007 is among the most famous knockouts of the past decade. It's a rematch that has been over six years in the making in large part because Donaire's manner of winning left no doubt in anybody's mind as to what would happen if they ever met again.
But with Donaire coming off the loss to Rigondeaux, Darchinyan is now, no doubt, viewed as the perfect come-forward fighter to make Donaire look impressive in his comeback fight.
The first fight was contested for Darchinyan's IBF flyweight title. This meeting will take place four divisions higher, with both men making their debuts at featherweight.