Vic Darchinyan-Nonito Donaire Conference Call Transcript

Question: Vic, do you have any opening comments?

Darchinyan: It is nice to be here in America training. My training session is very good. I am looking forward to this fight and I am going to show a good fight..

Question: Nonito, can we have some opening comments from you?

Donaire: It is a pleasure to be here. Like he said, it is something I am looking forward to as well.

Question: Nonito, this is a big fight for not only you, but for the family. Since Vic already owns a victory over your brother, do you get any added incentive from that? Any revenge on your mind?

Donaire: Well, it is not so much for revenge. Like I have been telling everybody, it is more of living the dream to be a world champion. It is that hunger. It is just a pleasure; it is the dream of fighting to be at this level. It is a great feeling.

Question: Vic, in your last fight, your opponent ended up in the hospital and for a while it was touch and go. Can you tell us what was going through your mind right after that fight and in the days immediately following?

Darchinyan: After my last fight, it was very hard (on me) because my opponent was very bad. He was in a coma in the hospital. Thank God, everything passed and now I am concentrating on my training and concentrating on my fight. I am confident in my training and ready for this fight.

Question: Vic, it is important for you to win all your fights by knockout because you say the best way to draw attention to the lighter weight classes and guys like you is to win by knockout. The one title defense you did not get a KO came against Glenn Donaire, Nonito’s brother. You wanted to try to get that decision reversed. How does that play into your upcoming fight against Nonito?

Darchinyan: I think everyone will agree with me, it was a knockout. It was not a head butt. It was not the elbow. It was a knockout. I broke his jaw; he broke the corner and he screeched and put his hands up. I am very upset. It is still in my mind; is my title fight going to be settled by knockout? It is not revenge against his brother. It is revenge for me because I knocked out his brother. Now, I am going to knock him out twice because it still is in my mind. I did have a knockout. He put his hands up and puked in a corner. I am going to show how ready I am for this fight and how is will be a very good drama if he can stand up 10 rounds.

Question: Vic, you are known as a very energetic and aggressive fighter. Are you going to change at all and how (has his last fight against Victor Burgos) mentally affected you? Obviously, seeing what happened, you seemed kind of upset after the fight

Darchinyan: I was very upset. But no, I thank God he is OK. No, I am not going to change my style. I am not going to change anything. I am going to go again for a knockout, and I am going to knock out Nonito that night. I feel my power is better now. I can feel it in every training, every sparring. I can punch.

Question: Do you think Nonito is better than his brother?

Darchinyan: I think he is better than his brother, and I think he has learned some lessons, maybe running lessons. He is going to start running in the ring.

Question: Nonito, why do you think you will be able to defeat Darchinyan and what did you learn from his fight with Glenn.

Donaire: All I have to say, first of all, is I am really hungry and I am going to work hard for this fight and I will give it all I have got. So do not underestimate the hunger of a person like myself who lived for this dream ever since I was a little boy. So that is one thing. But for all these fights, it is all the same thing. He fought the same way. He did not change. He is vulnerable and that is one thing that I need. It does not matter what style he fights. It does not matter how he is going to come at me. But his vulnerability is the key to beating him and I know I can beat him.

Question: Where do you see him vulnerable? Is it in defense? Any comparison to other fighters who have been undefeated with roughly similar styles as punchers?

Donaire: Well, everything that he does is vulnerable. I mean, everything that he does, that is just his way or thing. He tries to take you out. But the guys that he fought, they were very small and those guys – they are going down the hills and they are small. And that is why he can bully them. But that is just the way he is and he is vulnerable.

Question: Nonito, you have been fighting recently at 115. So you could be naturally bigger than Vic. But the question is, will making 112 pounds be easy for you?

Donaire: It is always easy when you are determined, when you know that you are on to something. You know, your mind, your body – you work hard for it. There should not be any doubt of me making that weight because I work my butt off to get to here. This is the dream right here. I am going to make it happen.

Question: Vic, the fact that you are fighting a guy that has been fighting at 115 play into the thinking and into making this fight for you because you have been saying you want to move up to 115 or 118 or 122?

Darchinyan: In my career, I have fought guys at 120-125. But I have fought guys who are 120-125 and I beat them by knockout. I have fought guys bigger than Nonito and all of my opponents are bigger than me. I like bigger guys. I like it because I keep getting more powerful. Make sure you do not do like your brother. Be like a man, no hands up and go to corner.

Question: Vic, what is the difference between fighting in the United States in an event like this compared to fighting in another country?

Darchinyan: I have fought most of my professional fights in Australia. But before that, I was an amateur. I did more than 300 amateur fights and 170 were international fights. I have been all over the world. I have fought everywhere and in every city, every country in Europe and in America.

Question: What is it like fighting in America at an event like this?

Darchinyan: I fought in America in the amateurs too. I fought in the Olympic Games, I fought for a world title. I love this crowd. I like people – they like power here in America. They do not like people who run. They like people who come and destroy. America is my style. I love it and I love fighting in America.

Question: Vic, you had a great amateur career, but it seems like in recent fights, you have been so determined to win by knockout, you do not always utilize all the boxing ability that people know you have. Is that because you are looking for a knockout, or is it because you do not have to utilize boxing? What is your mindset there?

Darchinyan: My mindset is all about a knockout. When I am punching a person, I can feel it. If I am punching a human, I can knock him out. Also, where it is coming from? My power, I know it is not enough. I know when I am punching, I become much stronger and stronger. When I knock out someone, I know it is not the end and that I can punch harder. It is all part of my mentality. I am ready for it. Of course, I would love to be a heavyweight. I know I am going to destroy everyone. All my power, everything, all my knockouts are because I believe it. I believe I can punch harder and I can knock out everyone.

Question: Nonito, I have seen you and your brother fight. How would you describe the difference between you and your brother’s style?

Donaire: My brother is a lot smaller than I am and he is a brawler. For me, I am a smart fighter and that is the difference between us. We are completely opposite in fighting styles.

Question: How do you think that plays into a fight with Darchinyan? What do you feel is going to be effective for you?

Donaire: It is a classic brawlers-boxer style for this fight, I think. The best fighter wins. I think I have the speed and power to do it, and he believes he has the power to do it. But I have the speed advantage.

Question: Where are you sparring right now or where are you training?

Donaire: I am training at Wild Card (North Hollywood, Calif.) right now. I have been sparring with a lot of left-handed fighters, so I am well prepared for this fight.

Question: Vic, you have been fighting at the flyweight level. Does that weight hurt you? Is it time to move up now? Is that why you are fighting Nonito?

Darchinyan: My point is not to stay in one weight division and defend and defend. I would like to do something in boxing. I want to make my name bigger. Everyone is going to remember me. First of all, I have stayed as a flyweight because I wanted to unify. I waited a long time. We tried to unify it and have talked to WBC, any champion for unification. Now I believe it is not going to happen. So I want to move up to super flyweight and maybe see if I can unify at super flyweight. I have two belts and everyone who thinks they are stronger than me or can beat me, come on. I have a belt for you. Come and pick it up. I do not want to keep my belt if someone is stronger than me. I do not want to just hide and just defend (against) small opponents (who are ranked) No. 15, No. 20, – like the WBC champion, who has 18-20 defenses. Anyone who thinks he is better than I am, well, I am ready for him. So that’s why I want to move up now to super flyweight.

Question: Nonito, is your plan to utilize your boxing ability and speed and be more of a boxer/puncher in this fight?

Donaire: Whatever comes my way, whatever style he makes, I always have something to counter whatever it is that he is trying to come up with. If he uses his strength, I have strength in myself. I have more first round knockouts than he does. He has more knockouts than me, but consider who he fought. Yeah, he fought and knocked the guys out, but I myself have a lot of strength. I have been fighting at 118 and all those guys up there and I’ve knocked them out. I’ve dropped each and every one of them. It is just unfortunate that I was the short notice kind of fighter except recently. I am confident with my strength. So whatever he brings, I am going to try to come up with something better.

Question: Nonito, it is every boxer’s dream to get a shot at a world title. What does it mean to you, and what was your first reaction when you heard that you were going to get a chance to fight Vic Darchinyan for the IBF/IBO flyweight titles on SHOWTIME?

Donaire: Well, the moment they even said I had a chance for a world championship, I did not care who it was. Just to be fighting for a world title, I mean, as a fighter, I do not think you should be saying no to anything. You are a fighter, you are here, you are ready to fight and give your life because you are a fighter. That is what I am going to come into the ring with that mentality to go all out.

Question: Vic, how did you receive the name “Raging Bull”?

Darchinyan: “Raging Bull” came out from my first fight in professional boxing. At that time, I did not know any English. The first time I came to Australia, I had my first pro fight. And they told me you look like a raging bull, we are going to give you a new name, “Raging Bull,” and Armenians explained to me what Raging Bull means because you are so like a bull coming and you want to destroy your opponent. I loved it because I feel like it is like me. When I am going in the ring, opponents come around from you, you are going to find him and catch him and destroy him. It has been like my style.

Question: The IBF named you recently IBF Champion of the Year in 2006?

Darchinyan: Yes.

Question: Can you comment on being the IBF Champion of 2006 and being Ring Magazine Fighter of the Month.

Darchinyan: I am very happy to be Fighter of the Month. I would be happier to be Fighter of the Year in Ring Magazine. At the moment, I would like to be in the top ten for pound for pound, and in the future when I do more fights, when I prove I am a good fighter and everyone believes me, I would like to be No. 1 pound for pound. It is my dream. When I was a kid, I wanted to be world champion. I have a dream and now I realize that more big things can happen with me. I will become No. 1 pound for pound.

Begin Closing Comments.

Donaire: Like I said, I am looking forward to this fight. It is not that I talk crap or anything. I never do. I am just going to bring what I can out there and I am going to do my best and I am hoping to come out on July 7 as a champion.

Question: (But) If you are able to dethrone Darchinyan, this would be a very, very big and monumental deal in your career?

Donaire: Definitely. Like I said, you have to respect that he is a world champion. He has beaten a lot of fighters and that is why I am hyped for this fight because I know I am fighting the best at 112 and I want to be the best after this.

Question: Vic, can we get some closing comments from you?

Darchinyan: Nonito, what did you think when I fought your brother, was he knocked out or was it a point decision? You are a boxer and you watched the fight and you saw what happened. What did you think?

Donaire: Well, I saw the fight. It was the elbow. He could see it, yeah. (Manager) Cameron (Dunkin) saw it all and it was the elbow.

Darchinyan: You upset me more now!

Donaire: It does not matter if you are upset! But one thing I have got to say, Julie (last name unknown) said hi and she said she was waiting for you yesterday and everything like that. But you can be upset as you want, it does not matter.

Darchinyan: I am telling you, I am promising you!

Donaire: What is that?

Darchinyan: There is going to be fireworks in your head on fight night!

Donaire: You can do whatever you want, we will see what happens. Like I said, I respect you are the champion or whatever.

Darchinyan: You know, every time I go out. I prove what I say. Thank you very much to SHOWTIME and thank you to Americans for watching and supporting me. I am going to show a great fight and you are going to see. What I am saying, is what I promise and what you will see.

Donaire: And I am looking forward to that. Like I said, you can say all you want. That is your belief. I have my own belief in myself.

Darchinyan: You just turned 24. I do not want to upset you.

Donaire: You are making me laugh. You are making me smile. I mean, as much as you say you are angry, we will see what happens in the ring. You can spar big guys. I spar big guys myself.

Darchinyan: Okay, you are good for it.

Article posted on 28.06.2007

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