Vic Darchinyan waited six years for a rematch with Nonito Donaire (32-2-0, 21 KOs) only to be knocked out again, this time in round nine of a featherweight fight at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The fight was like a chess match until the last ten seconds of each round when Darchinyan would let go with a flurry punches. It was even through round six with Darchinyan edging rounds seven and eight then bam Donaire knocked Darchinyan down with a left hook. Darchinyan beat the count but was on shaky legs. Donaire proceeded to back him up into the corner and wing left hands at him until referee Laurence Cole had seen enough and stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:06 of round nine. Sadly for Darchinyan who was ahead on two judges scorecards, 76-74 at the time of stoppage he didn't get the revenge he was seeking but he gave it his best shot.
Vic Darchinyan had a stellar amateur boxing career of 158-18 with 105 knockouts concluding with the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia where he represented Armenia reaching the quarter finals. Darchinyan made his pro debut shortly after on November 3, 2000 winning by points. Just four years later on December 16, 2004 Darchinyan won his first world title when he defeated long reigning IBF World flyweight champion Irene Pacheco (30-1-0, 23 KOs) by 11th round TKO. Darchinyan sent Pacheco to the canvas in the 10th and 11th rounds forcing Pacheco's corner to stop the fight. It was an auspicious time for Darchinyan. In winning the IBF World flyweight title Darchinyan also became the first Armenian to capture a world title. Then a month later Ring Magazine named Darchinyan fighter of the month. Three months later on March 27, 2005 in a a unification fight Darchinyan defeated IBO flyweight champion Mzukisi Sikali (29-5-2, 17 KOs) by 8th round TKO capturing his title too. After absorbing a combination of punches Sikali turned away in a "no mas" manner prompting the referee to step in and wave off the fight. It was the last fight Sikali fought. He was stabbed to death six months later fighting off muggers.
Darchinyan vs Donaire
Vic Darchinyan continuing on a winning streak after defeating Jair Jimenez, Diosdado Gabi and Luis Maldonado all by TKO defeated Glenn Donaire (16-3-1, 10 KOs) by a 6th round technical decision in his 5th IBF flyweight title defense and 4th IBO flyweight title defense on Saturday, October 7, 2006 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The fight was stopped by the ringside doctor because Donaire suffered a possible broken jaw. The referee ruled that the injury came from an accidental head butt. But there were no signs of a head butt on replays. Donaire had suffered a 4th round knockdown from a big right hand before the stoppage in the 6th round. The 6th round TD should have been a TKO because Donaire retired due to a jaw injury caused by a punch not a head butt. After the fight Darchinyan stated Glenn Donaire flat out quit on me.
Darchinyan vs Burgos
Vic Darchinyan scored a 12th round TKO over Mexican Victor Burgos (39-15-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday, March 3, 2007 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Burgos took a knee in round two after getting hit by a body shot. Darchinyan continued to dominate pummeling Burgos with left and right hands. But Burgos kept making it a fight, coming back at Darchinyan and even staggering him in round seven. In round twelve after a cummulation of punches Burgos looked wobbly prompting the referee to step in and stop the fight at 1:27. Burgos slumped on his stool in the corner after the fight and appeared to be slipping in and out of consciouness. He was taken out of the ring on a stretcher to Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he underwent the emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.
Darchinyan vs Donaire
Vic Darchinyan lost his "O" on Saturday, July 7, 2007 at the Harbour Yard Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut when he was KO'd by Nonito Donaire (18-1-0, 11 KOs) in the 5th round by a flush left hook face. The floored Darchinyan tried to get up on his feet but stumbled toward the ropes as referee Eddie Claudio called a halt to the bout. Nonito Donaire avenged his brother Glenn's broken jaw by Darchinyan last year.
Vic Darchinyan knocked down by Nonito Donaire in round five
Gorres vs Darchinyan
Vic Darchinyan fought to a controversial draw with Filipino Z Gorres (27-2-2, 13 KOs) in a 12-round the IBF super flyweight eliminator fight on Saturday, February 2, 2008 in Cebu City in the Philippines. Despite knocking Gorres down four to five times during the bout. New Zealand referee Lance Revill ruled knockdowns as slips and slips as knockdowns. Angry boxing fans threw bottles into the ring during the fight causing the chairman of Games and Amusement to admonish the crowd. Gorres accused Darchinyan of fighting dirty. Gary Shaw, Darchinyan's promoter said he plans to file a protest with the IBF over the results.
Kirilov vs Darchinyan
Ringside: Vic Darchinyan defeated Russian super flyweight Dimitri Kirilov (29-4-1, 9 KOs) by 5th round KO on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington on Showtime. Darchinyan stalked Kirilov from the opening bell landing left hands repeatedly. In round five Darchinyan knocked Kirilov to the canvas with a combination. Kirilov beat the count but was on the canvas seconds later from a left hand. Kirilov remained on a knee as the referee counted him out. It was an impressive performance for Darchinyan who took home the IBF super flyweight title in addition to his win.
Darchinyan destroys Kirilov.
Mijares vs Darchinyan
Vic Darchinyan defeated Cristian Mijares (36-4-2, 15 KOs) by way of 9th round knockout on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. In addition to Darchinyan's victory he captured Mijares' WBA and WBC super flyweight titles along with successfully defending his own IBF super flyweight title making him the world's first unified super flyweight champion in history. Darchinyan knocked down Mijares in the first round with a left upper cut. Darchinyan, a southpaw dominated Mijares the entire fight repeatedly nailing him with right left combinations. Then in the final moments of round nine Darchinyan landed a straight left that sent Mijares back on the canvas out cold. Referee Lou Moret stopped the count at 7 as doctors rushed into the ring putting an end to the fight. At the time of stoppage Darchinyan was ahead by scores of 79-72, 79-72 and 79-72 after eight rounds.
Darchinyan vs Arce
Vic Darchinyan, IBF, WBA and WBC super flyweight champion fought and defeated challenger Jorge Arce (51-5-1, 39 KOs) by 11th round TKO in front of a crowd of 5,450 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday, February 7, 2009. The ring doctor stopped the fight at the end of round eleven with Arce cut and bloodied. It was a virtual shutout for Darchinyan who had won every round except one. Scores were 109-100 on all three judge's scorecards at the time of stoppage.
Agbeko vs Darchinyan
Darchinyan lost by 12-round unanimous decision to IBF bantamweight champion Ghanian Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko (27-1-0, 22 KOs) in an IBF bantamweight fight at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, July 11, 2009. Scores for the nationally televised Showtime fight were 116-111, 114-113 and 114-113 all for Agbeko. Darchinyan did get credit for a knockdown in round seven which the timekeeper mistakenly let go for 4 minutes. He also suffered a cut over the left eye and a bad cut over his right eye from an accidental headbutt (Agbeko is known for headbutting). Darchinyan was fighting for the first time at bantamweight hoping to become the second boxer in history to win titles at flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight.
Darchinyan vs Rojas
Vic Darchinyan defeated WBC interim super flyweight champion Tomas Rojas (31-12-1, 22 KOs) by 2nd round knockout on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. Darchinyan hit Rojas with two lefts to the side of the head followed by left thrown straight through the middle knocking down Rojas for the count. In addition to his victory Darchinyan successfully defended his WBA and WBC super flyweight titles for the second time. The fight was televised live on Showtime as a doubleheader with Timothy Bradley vs Lamont Peterson.
Darchinyan vs Guerrero
WBA and WBC champion Vic Darchinyan defeated Rodrigo Guerrero (13-2-1, 9 KOs) by 12-round unanimous decision in a WBA and WBC super flyweight title fight on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. Scores were 120-108, 118-110, and 117-111 all for Darchinyan. Guerrero fought with tremendous heart remaining on his feet the entire bout despite taking punch after punch from power punching Darchinyan. In addition to his victory Darchinyan retained his flyweight titles. Darchinyan vs Guerrero headlined the Showtime's ShoBox fight card.
Darchinyan vs Mares
Vic Darchinyan lost his IBO bantamweight title by controversial 12-round split decision to Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) in a semi-final bout on Showtime's bantamweight tournament on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Emerald Queen in Tacoma, Washington. Scores were 115-111, 112-113 and 111-115. Press row and many viewing the fight including myself had Darchinyan winning. Mares was down in round two and lost a point in round four for repeated low blows. Darchinyan was down in round seven but not hurt by the punch. Mares will advance now to stage two of the single elimination tournament fighting Joseph Agbeko who was the winner of Perez vs Agbeko and Darchinyan will fight in a third-place match against Yonnhy Perez.
Darchinyan vs Perez
Vic Darchinyan defeated Yonnhy Perez (20-2-1, 14 KOs) by 5th round technical decision on Saturday, April 23, 2011 in Showtime's bantamweight tournament at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. Darchinyan was on fire from the opening bell. In round one he rocked Perez with an overhand left followed by a combination. In round two Darchinyan knocked Perez down with a left uppercut. In round four Darchinyan rocked Perez with a straight left and a left hook to the chin. In round five there was an accidental clash of heads and Perez suffered a cut over his left eye. The fight was stopped on recommendation of the ringside doctor at 1:07 of round five and went to the score cards. Scores were 50-44, 50-44 and 50-44 all for Darchinyan. In addition to his victory Darchinyan also won the vacant IBO bantamweight title.
Moreno vs Darchinyan
Vic Darchinyan lost by 12-round unanimous decision to Panamanian Anselmo Moreno (32-1-1, 11 KOs) in a 12-round WBA Super World and IBO bantamweight title fight on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Scores were 112-115, 110-117 and 107-120. Darchinyan lost a point in round four for shoving Moreno to the canvas. Moreno, the slicker boxer of the two dominated the fight. Moreno retained his WBA Super World bantamweight title and Darchinyan's IBO bantamweight title becomes vacant.
Donaire vs Del Valle
Vic Darchinyan defeated previously undefeated Luis "Orlandito" Del Valle (16-1-0, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico by 10-round unanimous decision in a NABF super bantamweight title fight on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Darchinyan imposed himself on Del Valle dominating and outworking him. Darchinyan's left uppercuts frequently found home on Del Valle's chin. Total punches landed, Darchinyan 41% to Del Valle 23%. Jabs landed, Darchinyan 13% to Del Valle 6%. Power punches landed, Darchinyan 54% to Del Valle 25% Although Darchinyan had lost two fights in a row he's back making a very good showing at super bantamweight (122 lbs).