Come July 11 the junior bantamweight champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan will move up in weight to challenge IBF bantamweight king Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko. The Showtime televised 12 round event from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL promises to be an exciting affair between two all-out sluggers. It's tough to disregard Agbeko in this fight because, after all, he is in fact the champion, but here are a few reasons why, come Saturday night, that will no longer be the case.
Strength of opposition - Just in his last fight, Vic Darchinyan faced the super flyweight phenom Jorge Arce. That win alone gives him the edge in bragging rights as far as tougher opposition. Agbeko has never been in the ring with a fighter of Arce's caliber. Then you throw in the fact that Darchinyan has also been in the ring with the likes of Christian Mijares, Nonito Donaire (which resulted in a KO loss), Dmitri Kirilov, Luis Maldonado and Irene Pacheco. If you take a look at the resume of Agbeko it can only pale in comparison as the only names that stand out are William Gonzalez, Luis Alberto Perez, and a majority decision loss to Wladimir Sidorenko.
Ring Experience - Once again the edge goes to Darchinyan's 34 bouts to the Ghanaian's 27. While Agbeko actually made his professional boxing debut nearly two years before Darchinyan, a two year hiatus from the ring after 2004 along with only one fight at the end of last year makes Darchinyan the more active fighter. When you take it one step further Darchinyan has nearly 80 more rounds fought in the squared circle than his foe.
We can couple this advantage along with the strength of opposition and make the case that not only has Darchinyan logged more miles in the ring but the quality of those rounds are far superior than Agbeko's.
Momentum - For nearly the past two years Agbeko has secured his spot as the IBF bantamweight champion which is certainly nothing to scoff at. He stopped Luis Alberto Perez in 2007 to claim his title and then followed it up with a majority decision win over William Gonzalez nearly 15 months later.
Yet it just doesn't seem to measure up to the high that Darchinyan has been on in that same amount of time. Since his devastating KO loss (if you haven't seen it go check it out on YouTube right now) to Nonito Donaire he has bounced back with four wins and a draw to Federico Catubay. All four wins came inside the distance with the two most recent against Jorge Arce and Cristian Mijares both for the unified super flyweight crown. Not only are the names more impressive, but it also seems that Darchinyan has in this time become a more complete fighter than he had proved himself to be in the past.
Power - Here's a tricky one. We all know that Vic Darchinyan has an incredible punch on him, but it's Agbeko who boasts the better knockout ratio at 81 percent to Darchinyan's 76 percent. But it's not at all uncommon for a fighter to build up an incredible string of KO's on paper while facing sub-par opposition which is exactly the case with Joseph Agbeko. Darchinyan, too, can be accused of taking advantage of soft opposition early on in his career but the difference between these two fighter is that Darchinyan's power has held up at the highest level of the sport whereas with Agbeko that has yet to be seen.
and last but not least...
He's not fighting Nonito Donaire - Okay, okay...I could have really called the article '4 Reasons Darchinyan Will Beat Agbeko', but you can't really talk about Vic for this long and not bring up Donaire, plus 5 reasons just sounded better.
But the fact remains that many have faced Darchinyan and only Donaire was able to come up with a win. It was not just the crushing final blow that had Darchinyan beat, it was the jabbing and the effective counter-punching that Donaire displayed leading up to it. Two things that Vic most likely won't have to deal with on the 11th as he takes on the hard hitting Agbeko who isn't known for his skill-set.
There you have it folks, the 5 reasons why I think Darchinyan will walk away with Agbeko's IBF bantamweight crown.
Just don't come looking for me after you've bet the farm...
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