You've got to love Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan.
He is, without a doubt, one of the most colorful fighters in boxing.
If you haven’t seen him fight, do a search on YouTube. You’ll be happy you did.
He’s a throwback to the fifties—to the days of Jake LaMotta, Tony Zale, and Rocky Graziano.
A southpaw, he simply stands in front of his opponents and throws monster lefts.
His lefts are something from Russia’s nuclear arsenal. They are thrown with the intent to inflict pain, and a lot of it.
Most fights, he simply dominates. In fact, many fighters seem to be afraid of Darchinyan before they ever step into the ring.
That’s because he talks a lot of trash before, during, and after the fight.
He, quite simply, shows a considerable amount of disdain for all of his opponents.
He was blowing through the flyweight division like the proverbial knife through warm butter.
That was, until he met Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire three years ago.
Donaire was a somewhat unknown fighter at that point and a long underdog to the seemingly invincible Darchinyan.
For almost five rounds, the two stalked each other like two alpha-male wolves, wary of the other, and not committing with any power combinations. Darchinyan was undoubtedly surprised by the size and power of the young Donaire, not rushing in with his usual lack of abandon.
Donaire, through the fight, showed amazing ring generalship, great speed, and excellent defense. He was patient and did an outstanding job of sizing up his opponent.
Then, in the fifth, he caught Darchinyan with a beautiful left hook as Darchinyan stormed in. Floyd Mayweather Jr. might have called it a "check hook".
Darchinyan was knocked down and out, for the first time in his career.
The world had a new IBF Flyweight champion.
The knockout was voted by Ring Magazine as knockout of the year in 2007, deservedly so.
Darchinyan didn’t take the loss lightly.
He has repeatedly called out Donaire for three years, itching for a rematch.
Well, kind of.
The back story to all this drama is that Donaire dropped Gary Shaw as his promoter after the Darchinyan win. Shaw, his feelings apparently hurt, refused to allow Darchinyan to fight Donaire.
After Darchinyan’s win over Jorge Arce in February, 2009, Shaw repeatedly said “no chance” that Darchinyan would fight a rematch with Donaire.
That is, until Darchinyan was stopped by Joseph Agbeko in July, 2009.
Suddenly, Darchinyan wasn’t the invincible fighter everyone thought he was. His star has faded a bit.
He needs the Donaire rematch more than Donaire needs the fight.
Donaire, in the last two years, has become the second most popular Filipino fighter behind Manny Pacquiao. He’s scored great wins over quality opponents such as Luis Maldonado and Raul Martinez.
He’s a superstar in the sport, and he’ll only get bigger.
He’s a charismatic and likable guy who constantly thanks God, his parents, and praises the Filipino people.
After he knocked out Darchinyan, he went out of his way to thank Vic and call him a great fighter, even after Darchinyan had made disparaging remarks about Donaire’s family and the Filipino community.
In other words, there’s a hero and a villain in this story.
Donaire dominated a lesser fighter in Manuel Vargas this past Saturday, stopping him in three rounds. He’s been coy about saying whom his next opponent might be.
Darchinyan faces a good, but not great, opponent in Rodrigo Guerrero on March 6.
Assuming he wins, this fight should happen.
It needs to happen.
Personally, I think Donaire is too big for Darchinyan and has too good of defense.
Darchinyan may be feeling all of his 34-years-old. He has two losses and one draw in his last eight fights.
That said, Darchinyan is extremely dangerous with that left hand, and he’s bent on revenge.
So, here’s hoping that these idiot promoters can get out of the way of a good fight and give the fans, and boxing, what it deserves.
An outstanding fight.
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