Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan
By Paul Upham: WBC/WBA super flyweight boxing world champion Vic Darchinyan flew out of Australia on Friday headed for training camp in Las Vegas. The “Raging Bull” faces WBC No.1 Tomas Rojas on December 12 at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, televised in the USA on Showtime.
The 33 year-old, Armenian born Australian citizen, was originally planning to travel to the USA after the Danny Green-Roy Jones Jr fight in Sydney on December 2, but has now changed his mind.
“I would love to be here for Danny’s fight,” Darchinyan told SecondsOut, “but I don’t think it would have been enough time for me to get my timing right and adjust to the weather. I need a minimum of two weeks in America for my fight. I am going to have three or four sparring sessions when I get there.”
After his shock points loss on July 11 to Joseph Agbeko at bantamweight, Darchinyan 32-2-1 (26) wants to get back to his best style, which saw him knockout Mexican Cristian Mijares in nine rounds in November 2008.
“Yes, I knew Mijares was a smart boxer in front of me,” explained Darchinyan. “He was skilful and I can’t rush and try to knock him out with one punch. That’s what I want to get back to. I want to take my time and be patient. I want to knock Rojas out, but it will come. I am not going to try and knock him out in the first round like I did in my last fight. I did wrong. Agbeko was not better than me. He just fought a smarter fight.”
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 have seen a couple of his tapes. He is tall,” said Darchinyan. “I think he is taller than Irene Pacheco who I fought in the past. I don’t want to watch too many of his fights, because then I think it is too easy to beat him. When I don’t know too much about them, I think they are great champions. That is important for me.”
With a win over Rojas, Darchinyan wants one more big fight at super flyweight against arch rival Nonito Donaire, the first boxer to defeat him, before moving back up to bantamweight to hopefully challenge new IBF world champion Yonnhy Perez.
“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? Then, Yonnhy Perez. He is my new target. He is good fighter. Good defence. In the future I will beat him in a big show.”