By Carlos Jones: 37-year-old Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s) has vowed not to make the same mistakes that led to him getting knocked out in the 5th round by Nonito Donaire )31-2, 20 KO’s) six years ago when they face each other tonight at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Darchinyan feels he’s more cautious now, and that he’s not going to let himself get blasted out by one of Donaire’s big left hooks like he was in 2007.
Darchinyan feels he’s learned his lesson from that loss, and he’s going to make sure he keeps his guard up for the entire fight to take away Donaire’s left hook just as Guillermo Rigondeaux and Omar Narvaez did in their fights with Donaire.
Darchinyan said “I am very motivated for this fight because I lost to him. I know that if I took a couple of seconds to recover, then the referee would not have stopped it…I believe I would have defeated him in that fight. Now I want to come in and expose him and show all the world that I can not only beat him, but beat him easy. I just want to come and demolish him.”
A lot of fans think that Darchinyan is delusional and no longer in touch with reality when it comes to appraising his own diminishing skills. However, Darchinyan does seem to have improved defensively since his fight with Donaire years ago. But the problem is he’s not as good as he was back then due to him having aged and moved up in weight three divisions from flyweight to super bantamweight. Tonight’s fight will be taking place at featherweight, so we’re we’re talking four divisions. The smaller Darchinyan clearly doesn’t belong at anything above the super flyweight divisions, yet he moved out of those lower divisions because the money is better at super bantamweight. But that doesn’t mean that he’s a better fighter, and I think that we’re going to see him struggle tonight against the bigger, faster and stronger Donaire.
If Darchinyan is able to keep his guard up high to block Donaire’s left hook, then he might have a possibility of making it the full 12 rounds, but it’s going to be difficult for him to do that. Donaire has an excellent jab that he can dominate with, and his right hand is an excellent weapon as well. It may not be as powerful as his left hook, but it’s close enough for him to be still very dangerous.
I expect Donaire to get to Darchinyan at some point tonight and put him on the canvas with a big power shot. Once Darchinyan is down and hurt, Donaire will quickly finish him off once he gets back to his feet.