Darchinyan wins world title in third weight class against gutsy Barcelona

Vic Darchinyan
Vic Darchinyan
By Paul Upham: Vic Darchinyan won a world title in his third weight class when he claimed the vacant IBO bantamweight boxing world title with a twelve round unanimous points win over Eric Barcelona on Thursday night May 20 at the Parramatta Leagues Club in New South Wales, Australia.

34 year-old Darchinyan 35-2-1 (27), who held the WBC/WBA super flyweight world titles going into the match, was forced to work hard by the Filipino boxer who has never been stopped in 73 professional matches.

Certainly, no one asked Barcelona to check his toughness in at customs upon entering the country. The 28 year-old southpaw from Valencia City, Bukidnon never gave up despite being hammered throughout by the “Raging Bull”.

In his third attempt at a world title, the well organised Barcelona 51-18-4 (19) looked tidy in the opening round and with Darchinyan carrying a broken left hand into the match, it was unclear whether the local favourite had full use of his best weapon.

In contrast, the wild swinging Barcelona was confident to let his hands go in round 2.
Darchinyan was putting his combinations together and not looking for a single punch knockout as is often the case.

Caught by a straight left in round 3, Armenian born Darchinyan dug to the body in reply realising that Barcelona possessed an iron chin and had come to fight.

Barcelona was down in round 5 from a clubbing punch. Down on one knee, he protested to referee Gary Dean, claiming he had been pushed. But if there was any doubt about that knockdown, there was none shortly after when Darchinyan landed a sweet right uppercut which knocked Barcelona backwards into the ropes and down onto the canvas.
Deducted a point by the referee in round 6 for a low blow, Barcelona looked close to being stopped, but came back strongly in round 7.

The rounds were give and take at this time and Darchinyan, while ahead on the official cards, was pushed harder in round 11 when he was buzzed via a head clash.

This enraged Darchinyan and Barcelona went down for the third time in the fight courtesy of a left uppercut, after being wobbled from two straight punches. Back on his feet, Barcelona was hanging on for survival and lost another point in round 12 for a low blow.

The fight ended appropriately with a toe to toe exchange which thrilled the crowd. It was a fight in every sense of the word.

The three judges scored the fight unanimously for Darchinyan 118-105, 120-103 and 116-108.

Thursday 20 May 2010
Parramatta Leagues Club, New South Wales, Australia

Vic Darchinyan w.ud.12 Eric Barcelona
IBO bantamweight world title
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