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24 OCTOBER 2014

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Darchinyan is Back and Ready for Rojas


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Will Darchinyan resurface?: Tom Casino/Showtime

By Paul Upham: After his shock loss on July 11, WBC/WBA super flyweight world champion Vic Darchinyan is not wasting any time in attempting to get his career back on track. The two-division world champion defends his titles on December 12 on Showtime against Tomas Rojas at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, USA.

Darchinyan’s move up to bantamweight resulted in only his second professional defeat when IBF world champion Joseph Agbeko handed him a points decision beating.

“I was not patient,” said Darchinyan 32-2-1 (26), criticising his performance. “I was going for a big punch and a knockout. It cost me the fight.”

The 33 year-old, Armenian born Australian citizen, dismissed any suggestions that the extra weight he was carrying in his third weight class had caused him problems.

“No. I felt very comfortable,” protested Darchinyan. “I was training very well. After our first head clash in the fight, I changed everything. I should have taken my time and waited for a good punch. Not going out every round trying to knock him out. I went too hard, I went for the knockout and I didn’t control myself.”

“Raging Bull” Darchinyan’s plans now include trying to secure an elusive rematch with arch-rival Nonito Donaire, the first boxer to defeat him, before moving back up to bantamweight to hopefully win another shot at Agbeko.

“First, after I defeat Rojas, I want to fight Nonito Donaire,” the two-division world champion told SecondsOut. “If he thinks he beat me, if everyone thinks he can beat me, why not take the fight? Come and beat me again and take the WBC/WBA super flyweight titles. He knocked me out. Come and collect these other two belts. It is not easy for you? The only reason I will stay at super flyweight is to get the rematch with Donaire or a fight for any of the other world titles at that weight class. Otherwise, I am moving up. Agbeko is not going to fight me again straight away, so I want to go up to bantamweight and win one of the other major world titles. Then, when I win a world title, I can fight Agbeko in a unification match.”

29 year-old Rojas from 32-11-1 (22) from Veracruz, Mexico is the current interim WBC super flyweight champion and is undefeated in his last seven fights.

“I don’t know too much about him,” admitted Darchinyan. “He lost to Jorge Arce, but was winning every round until he was knocked out by a punch to the liver. I saw that fight. I know he is a tall southpaw and he is the No.1 contender.”


Paul Upham
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