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Sweet Revenge? Vic Darchinyan vs Nonito Donaire

Say what you will about Vic Darchinyan being the prototypical Aussie bullyboy, but he never gave up wanting to rematch his first career loss to Nonito Donaire, a devastating highlight reel knockout  for the ages. The rematch will be Saturday, November 9th in Corpus Christi, Texas. This will also be something of a comeback fight for Donaire who suddenly went from being the toasted P4P darling in the fashion of fellow Filipino Manny Pacquiao to boxing’s “Who knows ya and wadda ya done lately kid?”

First Meeting

First Meeting

Darchinyan was a tiger at 28-0, 22 KO who had the boxing world by the throat going into that first Donaire fight. He left the fight in tatters after scary minutes on the canvas in recovery from Donaire’s perfect counter left hook. Raging Bull was born to fight though and has been in against top competition since then, as good as any fighter currently operating, but things didn’t always go his way as his current 39-5-1 record attests. Yet that sole KO loss burned ever so brightly as a brand on his soul that he had a fever to avenge, so finally, here we are.

As to the recent Donaire downfall, he mysteriously fell apart during the leadup before his last fight, a dastardly loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux. Reports had him being mostly self trained with Robert Garcia phoning in a some instructions before compounding his dissolution by divorcing his BALCO associated physical trainer Victor Conte. Reduced boxing preparations on top of being  deprived of those secret magic potions left Donaire very vulnerable with his expectant wife as his only soulmate going into a difficult fight. Indeed, the focus in interviews seemed to be Donaire’s preoccupation with the development of his son and his wife’s health, not his chosen profession.

He looked foolish trying to chase down the rapidly fleeing Rigondeaux as any fighter might appear and was additionally ill prepared for those moments when it came time to trade punches. Though he came to held his own as he adapted to the wily Rigondeaux, he was well off his 2012 Fighter of the Year form. In the 10th round insult would be added to injury when he wasn’t credited by referee Benjy Esteves Jr. with two clean consecutive knockdowns that would have put him up on the two close cards with more impetus going into the last two rounds. Instead he was only credited with one knockdown and completely gave up the last round to protect his damaged eye.

To add intrigue to this rematch, Donaire has recently made amends with his dad who happened to be in his corner when he avenged the brutal loss by his brother Glenn to Darchinyan. A nasty dispute later separated the family as the Nonito star ascended, but now Dad is splitting duties with Garcia in the lead up to the rematch. How the “co-training” works for Nonito is unknown, however on his worst night Donaire could have won his last fight but for poor circumstances, thus he will be the odds on favorite.

Darchinyan may be near the end of his career at almost 38 years of age, but he recently signed a deal with Top Rank to make this fight, so it’s impossible to measure the boost that this opportunity may bring him. He operates out of an awkward lobster like southpaw style and it’s not like he has ever been terribly outclassed in the ring save that thunderous night against Donaire.

Now both are in a different place looking a bit vulnerable, but you can bet on seeing a genuine fight.

Showtime Finale Rematch–Mares vs Agbeko + Vic Darchinyan

Abner Mares defends his IBF banty title in the rematch against Joseph Agbeko December 3rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

King Kong

King Kong

The fighters are about as evenly matched as a good matchmaker could dream for with the only edge going to the dirty fighting of Mares, turning it something of a promoter’s nightmare if Mares remains true to form. Will the referee allow a 3rd straight dirty fight by Mares after he eked out wins over Vic Darchinyan and Agbeko previously with low blows, punches after the bell and other rabbit tricks that used to be known as the Dark Arts of boxing?

Fighters used to be more circumspect and less obvious in practicing the Dark Arts, but to be fair, fighters only use what they can get away with, and regrettably the Showtime supermiddle and banty tourneys have been full of dubious refereeing. The supermiddle finale is allegedly due early next year in what could be a dirty way to start the new year. 

Incidential fouls are to be expected in a high action bout when punches start to flow in bunches, so let’s hope the ref does his job properly this time around to sort out what could be a very lively bout between two game and skilled practitioners of the sweet science.

The “undercard” is  a main event unto itself. 

The longtime undersung former WBA banty champ Anselmo Moreno defends his new superbanty WBA title against the raging Vic Darchinyan who has to be the toughest little man in boxing today. Yes, the former flyweight titlest continues to plow up new divisions and is making his superbanty debut.

Moreno is 31-1-1 with 11KOs against some pretty fair competition. Darchinyan is 37-3-1 with 27 KOs against the best competition of his era, so by records looks to have the edge going into the fight with more power against better class.

The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

Normally a fight between two southpaws makes for an awkward, difficult fight to watch and judge, but both fighters are offensively oriented with contrasting styles and attributes, meaning a good fight is in the cards.  

Darchinyan can be said to be the slugger even if his power has not kept up with his rise through the divisions. He’s 35 years old, ancient in the little man world of boxing, and will be giving up a lot of height and reach to the rangy 5-8 Moreno who is a prime 26 years old.

Moreno has a good jab and credible defense to go along with his two handed attack. Darchinyan has his trademark crouching lobster style with the right hand mostly used as a distraction and defensive purpose to disguise his big left hand where the power is.

Each fighter made his chops early on in the flyweight division and now they finally meet in the Panamanian Moreno’s American debut. They are very durable fighters, so this is likely a 12 round decision in the making.

Could be a classic card of some really great banty fights if, and only if the referees show as much class as the fighters. We shall see.

The Showtime Banty Tourney Final

It’s been a nice run with Showtime signing what is generally agreed to be the best 4 bantamweights fighting today to a tournament, but I’m not sure if it translated into a greater appreciation of the little big man divisions, much less any additional respect for when the best agree to fight each other.

It was something of a risky format for the biggest name, Vic Darchinyan, who lost his match to young Abner Mares in a controversial decision, but then again, Darchinyan is amazingly enough 35 yrs old now, so maybe it was the kind of gamble that a fighter like him has to take at this point.

Darchinyan is now matched against Yonnhy Perez in the “consolation” bout after Perez dropped his bout against Joseph Agbeko. Should be as competitive and closely contested as the previous bouts in this tourney have been, but hopefully without any further controversy if we can just get some good officiating to match the skills and hearts of the fighters.

The headliner features Abner Mares whose career had stalled out before the tourney going up against Joseph Agbeko for his IBF title. Agbeko has gained the most thus far from the tourney after previously holding the IBF title for a couple of years. King Kong was going nowhere fast after Perez dethroned him back in 2009, but the tourney provided the backdrop for the rematch, so Agbeko showed up in shape with his A-plan and took back what was his.

Mares could make the tourney his coming out statement if he can handle the always tough as nails Agbeko, but I have the feeling Agbeko is the hungriest fighter of the lot in the form of his life, so we will just have to see.

Impossible to say who the favorites will be, but I’m sure the bookies will come up with something enticing, so there it is, Saturday, April 23 at Nokia Theater, Los Angeles if you need a boxing fix or just something with plenty of excitement.

The Real McCoy P4P War—Montiel vs Donaire

Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire may not register with the average boxing fan who tend to concentrate on the heavier divisions that better reflect the size of the general populace, but these are two Ring ranked P4P bantys, a rarity to see two little fellas so highly ranked from a lower division.

The Gentlemen

The Gentlemen

Rarer still is a genuine banty superfight Saturday, this February 19th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas when the  modern day Mexican legend Montiel puts up his rankings along side his WBO and WBC belts against the latest Filipino Flash, Donaire.

Now, rankings are a funny thing with Donaire, 25-1, 17 KO ranked P4P higher at #5 to Montiel, 43-2-23, 33 KO at #7 according to Ring, yet the vastly more credentialed Montiel is properly #1 in his banty division whereas Donaire is #5.

Boxrec, the “other” major independent rating medium, doesn’t see fit to rate them highly as P4Pers, so go figure the intractable mysteries of boxing rankings in between figuring all the known physical laws of the universe and solving the immutable human condition if you dare.

More compelling from a fight point of view is that both are on a high arc of development, probably at or close to their peaks as fighters, and little men have a tradition of being the most exciting fighters of all the weight classes. Add in the considerable ring achievements of both, and boxing purists are salivating in anticipation of what could be a knockdown, drag out war or a finely tuned boxing classic.

The interesting part for me is that we may have already had something of a stylistic preview of the fight last year when Montiel flew over to Japan to take on another P4P banty champ in the monstrous Hozumi Hasegawa who was in the process of delivering a pitch perfect boxing beating on Montiel before being suddenly derailed by a left hook. It would seem obvious that fight might be a bout of interest that Team Donaire could focus to observe how Montiel might fight a tall, technical boxer that Donaire is. The Jhonny Gonzalez fight that Montiel dropped  a decision would be another example of a tall, technical boxer having much his own way with Montiel.

The Credentials

The Credentials

Montiel may be shortstuff in height and reach, but this fighter with his proven power and credentials is never truly out of any fight. The latest training reports have him using some modern training wrinkles not usually associated with traditional Mexican warriors, so he’s fine tuning his own strengths for his own game plan and timetable for this fight. If he prevails, he could be known as the Asian Assassin to counter the Manny Pacquiao moniker as the Mexican Assassin.

Young Donaire is no slouch in the power department though, being the only fighter to ever knockout champions Vic Darchinyan and Volodymyr Sydorenko, so any fighter coming in on Donaire is potentially in grave danger of being whacked out muy pronto.

The Power

The Power

I suspect that Montiel will be a slight favorite, but really, this is a pickem fight. I favor young Donaire who has been held back somewhat since his signature win over Darchinyan almost 4 yrs ago, but damned if I’d bet the skinny dime that separates the ability of the two.

I see Donaire outboxing Montiel early on, but what happens next depends on who pulls their fistic genius out of the vast reservoir of talent to nail down the win.

The dustup is for far more than skinny dimes, bragging rights, or ABC trinkets though. The future financial rewards to the winner might be the greatest ever bestowed on a little man, so mucho grande dinero is riding on the outcome.

And they said boxing was dead……NOT!!!!!!!

Showtime Banty Tourney—Darchinyan, Mares, Perez, Agbeko

Showtime revised the successes and failures of their much acclaimed Super Six Supermiddleweight tourney and put together a tight little Banty Tourney featuring tough guy Vic Darchinyan, 35-2-1, 27 KO going against young gun Abner Mares, 20-0-1, 13 KO, and IBF champ, Yonnhy Perez, 20-0-1, 14 KO squaring of against rough former champ, Joseph Agbeko, 27-2, 22 KO.

Super Banties

Super Banties

The grizzled 34 yr old south paw Darchinyan is the star of the bunch, always good for some great funny or intimidating prefight quotes, but he’s also the oldest going up against the youngest with the 26 yr old Mares perhaps being the future of the division.

Mares is coming off a toe to toe war against Yonnhy Perez that was part science, part slugfest and a majority draw as it turned. He may be the youngest, but he also looks to be the smallest, and Raging Bull Darchinyan hates taking prisoners, so this fight has classic written all over it. The vacant IBO title goes to the winner who goes straight to the finals to challenge the IBF champ.

The Perez/Agbeko IBF title rematch reprises their first classic where Perez showed how ring craft can overcome am awkward, butting, brawling type of fighter that Agbeko is. They are more evenly matched in ages, Perez being 31 and Agbeko 27, but El Columbiano Perez is clearly the biggest, rangiest fighter in the grouping, assets he uses well at distance, but his main strengths are adaptable skills for every occasion and durability. King Kong Agbeko worryingly hasn’t fought in over a year which may compromise his main assets of youthful strength and durability when he has to make the 118 lb limit.

I have to think Darchinyan and Perez will be the favorites, but it’s the fans who are guaranteed winners with the bunches of punches thrown from every conceivable angle in this tourney, a great mix of styles and attributes.

Congratulations Gentlemen, well done.

This Saturday, December 11, you’ve been forewarned.

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