Vic Darchinyan (37-3-1 27KO) is trying to make his way back to the to top of the bantamweight division and has taken another step forward by taking out South Africa's Evans Mbama (18-2 9KO) in a dominating performance over 12 rounds.
The fight was held in the Karen Demirchyan Sports Complex in Darchinyan's home country of Armenia. This was the first time that Darchinyan has fought there and it was quite a homecoming for one of the best, if not the best, Armenian boxer of all time.
Darchinyan showed the world why they call him "The Raging Bull" and charged the action on Mbama as soon as the bell rang. He started throwing bombs at Mbama, which he did through the whole fight, and even knocked Mbama down.
After the first round, Mbama seemed to have been more interested in defending himself and finishing the fight in one piece (hmmm, sound familiar? Surviving the fight instead of fighting?). Darchinyan never let up with his assault, while Mbama kept his hands up to defend himself. This seemed to be a recurring theme in this fight, especially during the later rounds.
The fight started to turn ugly as it waged on. Darchinyan was starting to get rough and started shoving Mbama, which caused him to continually slip. Mbama spent the later rounds trying to hold onto Darchinyan for dear life as Darchinyan started to land shots that would stun Mbama. At one point in the fight, Darchinyan even hammered down on the top of Mbama head in the 11th, which wasn't called by the ref.
What should Darchinyan do next?
When the fight ended, Darchinyan blew out Mbama in a convincing unanimous decision.
Darchinyan now needs to decide what he wants to do at this point in his career. He of course wants to have a rematch with Nonito Donaire to avenge his first loss where he was the favorite to win. That seems unlikely though as Donaire already has a match with Navarez and is apparently moving up to 122 soon.
Another option is for Darchinyan to move up to 122 and win a title. That way, he'll have a title and a little more incentive for Donaire to have a rematch with him.
Whatever the case may be, Darchinyan is out there to prove that he's not done yet and one of the best fighters in the lower weight classes of boxing.