Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is putting together a card on November 9th on HBO with former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KO’s) moving up to face WBO super featherweight champion Roman Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KO’s) i the main event in a fight that will be televised by HBO in either Dallas or San Antonio, Texas.
In the co-feature, former three division world champion Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) will be fighting 37-year-old former 2 division world champion Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s).
Donaire’s manager Cameron Dunkin told ESPN “Donaire is ready to fight Darchinyan but Darchinyan is also saying he won’t fight at 126 [featherweight] pounds, so I’m going to talk to Carl [Moretti] about changing opponents. Nonito wants to fight at 126 pounds and win a featherweight title. OK. I’m sorry about that because Donaire is going to fight at 126. So that is what it is.”
You can’t blame Darchinyan for not wanting to fight at featherweight, because he hasn’t been the same fighter since he moved up from the super flyweight division. He’s smaller than Donaire, and he already was knocked out by him in the 5th round in 2007, so it’s hard to understand why Arum is trying to put that fight together now. It’s way too late. Darchinyan is nearing 40, and he’s lost two out of his last four fights.
Granted, Donaire is coming off of a humiliating defeat at the hands of WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux last April, but that doesn’t mean that Darchinhyan has to put himself in the position where he’ll be fighting a guy that’ll outweigh him by as much as 15 pounds by the time he enters the ring. Donaire has been walking around at 140 recently, and that’s an in shape Donaire. You got to figure that’ll be the weight that Donaire weighs when he steps inside the ring to fight.
Mikely Garcia defeated past his prime Juan Manuel Lopez by a 4th round knockout last June. However, Mikey lost his WBO featherweight title on the scales after having not made weight. That’s why he’s moving up a division to challenge for the WBO super featherweight title against Rocky Martinez.