Vic Darchinyan: photo Tom Casino/Showtime
By Paul Upham: WBC/WBA super flyweight world champion Vic Darchinyan will give arch rival Nonito Donaire one last chance to accept a rematch with him. The “Raging Bull” defends his world titles against Rodrigo Guerrero on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California on Showtime. Donaire will be next or Darchinyan says he will move on to other world title fights at bantamweight.
27 year-old Donaire 23-1 (15) upset Darchinyan at flyweight by stunning 5th round knockout in July 2007. Since then, the Armenian born Australian has moved up in weight and won the WBC/WBA/IBF super flyweight world titles, whilst repeatedly demanding a rematch. But the last chance for Donaire to accept the offer maybe at hand.
“You know how he has become popular? I made him popular,” fumed Darchinyan. “Not because he (Donaire) beat me, because I am always challenging him and mentioning his name. I am not going to mention his name now. If he wants to prove that he is better than me, show it now or shut up.”
In a contest of the southpaws, 34 year-old Darchinyan 33-2-1 (27) is expected to dismiss the challenge of Mexican Guerrero 13-1-1 (9) with relative ease.
“People are going to see a smart Vic and then a knockout,” he predicted. “You are going to see me coming back stronger and more patient.”