Vic Darchinyan & manager Elias Nasser
By Paul Upham in Marrickville: Seven years ago at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Vic Darchinyan sat close to the corner of fellow Australian Kostya Tszyu as the junior welterweight great knocked out Zab Judah to become undisputed boxing champion of the world. Seeing Tszyu with the IBF, WBC and WBA world title belts draped over him, Darchinyan immediately knew what he wanted to achieve in his own career. On November 1, the “Raging Bull” has the chance to do just that.
“I was at Kostya’s fight with Zab in Las Vegas,” said Darchinyan. “Of course, it is my dream to become undisputed world champion. After this next fight, when I win. And I am saying, when I win, I will become one of the greatest fighters in Australian boxing history. Then I want to become one of the best boxers in the world pound for pound.”
IBF super flyweight world champion Darchinyan faces WBC/WBA world champion Cristian Mijares on November 1 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, televised in the USA on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Darchinyan held his final media conference at his “Raging Bull” Gymnasium in Sydney on Thursday, before flying to Las Vegas to set up training camp on Saturday.
“It is a great fight for me,” Darchinyan said. “I think in the past, when I lost against Nonito Donaire, it was good for me. Before that loss, I was screaming out about unification at flyweight. But no one would fight me. Now, thank God, it is happening and I can unify the three world titles. I want to become undisputed world champion. You will see that it is going to happen.”
Originally born in Armenia and now a citizen of Australia, 32 year-old Darchinyan 30-1-1 (24) is one of boxing’s most aggressive punchers in any weight class and while conceding that Mijares is a very good boxer, is still predicting a knockout win.
“In American they are talking very highly about Mijares,” he said. “When I knock him out, they are going to see that I am the real world champion and it is going to happen. I proved that in my last fight. Everyone said Dimitri Kirilov was going to have too many skills and be too good for me. From the first round I took over. I was faster than him and I was smarter than him. I knocked him out.
“Mijares is highly respected at the moment, but he is not the same fighter everyone is talking about. I am going to prove it. He is a smart fighter, he is a good fighter, but when I catch him with my power, he won’t be able to do against me what he did to other guys. They are waiting for me to jump on him, but it is not going to happen. I am going to be smart and I am going to outsmart him. Cristian Mijares is a good fighter, I know he is a good fighter, but I can respect him after our fight. But now, I have no respect for him, just like any fighter who steps into the ring with me.”
The Mijares vs. Darchinyan match, which will be co-promoted by Gary Shaw and Lou DiBella and will create super flyweight boxing history. No boxer has ever held the WBC, WBA and IBF world titles at 115lbs simultaneously before.
A skilful and tough Mexican from Gomez Palacio, 26 year-old Mijares 36-3-2 (15) impressed in beating Jorge Arce in April 2007 and followed that with good wins over Jose Navarro and Alexander Munoz.
“Mijares is now rated No.8 by The Ring magazine pound for pound,” explained Darchinyan. “I am going to ask the media before the fight, what number will I be when I knock him out? It has happened many times. I promise that my fights are going to be exciting fights and I knock them out. Just like Kirilov, (Diosdado) Gabi and (Luis) Maldonado. I beat Irene Pacheco who had never lost and he was one of the best flyweights in history. I will knock Mijares out. I promise it, I will do it and I will delivery it.”