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By Paul Upham: IBF/IBO flyweight world champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan arrived in Sydney on Thursday morning more confident than ever about what lies ahead in his career. After starring in the lead fight on what was left of the Corrales-Castillo III card in Las Vegas last weekend, Darchinyan declared that he was not only ready to face any of the other world title holders at flyweight, but any of those in weight classes above him as well.

Darchinyan Prepares for Mijares in Showtime Blockbuster

Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan
Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan

By Paul Upham in Marrickville: Getting the fight made was the hard part. For IBF junior bantamweight boxing world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, beating WBC/WBA world champion Cristian Mijares is a task that he can now take care of himself. He just needed the Mexican’s signature on the contract.

“This fight is exactly what I wanted,” Darchinyan told SecondsOut. “Now I can show the whole world what I can do. People say very good things about Mijares. They say he is very smart and he is going to outsmart me. But that is the same thing they said about Dimitri Kirilov. Before that fight, people said he would beat me by being smart. Then they saw what I did to him on Showtime. I knocked him out.”

The Mijares vs. Darchinyan match on November 1, which will be co-promoted by Gary Shaw and Lou DiBella at a venue to be announced and televised in the USA on Showtime Championship Boxing, will create junior bantamweight boxing history. No boxer has ever held the WBC, WBA and IBF world titles at 115lbs simultaneously before.

A former IBF/IBO world champion at flyweight, Darchinyan 30-1-1 (24) moved up in weight and knocked out Dimitri Kirilov in five rounds on August 2 on Showtime to win the IBF world title at 115lbs.

Born in Armenia, Darchinyan returned to the country of his birth immediately after the victory and only returned to Australia where he now lives, on September 19.

“I had a great time in Armenia, but it was getting too long,” he said. “After being in America, I went straight to Armenia after my last fight. I missed Australia. There is a lot less pressure on me here. In Armenia, everyone recognises me. It makes it hard for me to train.”

On Wednesday, Darchinyan trained for two hours at his “Raging Bull” gymnasium in Sydney, Australia, sparring six rounds with former junior welterweight world champion Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou. While he is confident of victory, Darchinyan respects the ability of 26 year-old Mijares 36-3-2 (15) from Gomez Palacio, Mexico, a strong and skilful warrior, and is preparing diligently.

“Lovemore told me that I boxed really well today,” said Darchinyan. “My punches were hard and my feet are moving well.”

32 year-old Darchinyan, one of the most aggressive knockout punchers in boxing today, will continue training in his own gym until October 10, when he will travel to the USA. The 2000 Armenian Olympian is not only excited that he is fighting for three world titles in the one fight, it pleases him that he is facing a quality fighter who is currently No.8 in The Ring magazines’ pound for pound best boxer in the world rankings.

“Mijares is one of the best in the world,” said Darchinyan. “I just want to fight and beat the best. Then I can prove that I am one of the best boxers in the world. Mijares will not be able to handle my pressure and he will not be able to handle my power. I thank Showtime and my promoter Gary Shaw for making this fight, because now the whole world can see it.”

Paul Upham
Content Editor

All photos by Paul Upham /
Lovemore Ndou, left sparred six fast rounds with Darchinyan
Lovemore Ndou, left sparred six fast rounds with Darchinyan
Darchinyan uses his left uppercut
Darchinyan uses his left uppercut
Darchinyan wants to prove himself against the best
Darchinyan wants to prove himself against the best

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