Sharkie's Machine: Donaire KO's Darchinyan in Five

donaire07.07.07 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. 7-7-7 didn’t turn out to be lucky numbers for Vic Darchinyan (28-1,22 KO’s) Saturday night in Connecticut, where he defended his Title against Nonito Donaire, the brother of a former beaten Darchinyan opponent, Glenn Donaire.

Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (18-1, 11 KO’s) had superior boxing skills and used his jab to keep Vic out of range and ineffective. Donaire repeatedly landed counter punches that were clean and hurting Darchinyan, who didn’t appear very strong against the bigger Donaire.

I thought Donaire was winning every round as he easily out-boxed Darchinyan, consistently landing clean counter shots when the reckless Vic came forward.. Darchinyan looked amateurish as he missed most of his punches and could never land anything that would force Donaire to change what he was doing, which was simple boxing. Donaire used his jab, to control the ring and Darchinyan, who rarely landed anything.

By the fifth round, Donaire had Darchinyan so figured out that he patiently countered a two handed attack with a staggering left hook straight into Vic’s cheek and nose area, that dropped him to the canvas. Vic struggled to get up but only managed to ramble into the ropes and was consequently waved out by the referee.

Darchinyan appeared to be badly hurt and the ring filled with medics until finally, Vic got up and cleared the cobwebs with a stroll around the ring, escorted by someone from his camp. As his marbles resettled, he couldn’t believe what just happened. He lost his first fight.

This was a check in the mail for Vic Darchinyan, who for all the excitement he brings, fights sloppily, throws bomb after bomb and is very often open to the marksmanship of any good boxer who can keep his cool under the pressure. Nonito Donaire proved up to that task Saturday night.

Donaire’s record suggests that he was there to lose. His last five opponents had records of 5-9, 35-24, 5-6, 13-2 and 35-6. He was accustomed to facing bigger men than Darchinyan and his boxing skills proved the deciding factor against the rugged, yet undisciplined Vic Darchinyan.

During the post fight interviews, Donaire was floating on a cloud. He was humble and nervously excited. He credited Vic for being a great fighter. And repeatedly mentioned his pride of winning a fight that his fellow Filipino fans didn’t expect him to win.

Darchinyan was not pleased. He said he wasn’t hurt. He said he wanted a rematch, he asked Donaire for a rematch, Donaire deferred to his management (Gary Shaw) on that question.

This loss could be a blessing in disguise for Vic Darchinyan if he takes advantage of the lessons he should learn from this. He must improve his technical skills on defense and try to be more adept at using his jab to set things up instead of rushing in wildly…even though, that is what makes him so exciting to watch. This loss can make him a better fighter. I look forward to seeing how he comes to fight next time up.

The check was in the mail for Arce too. Cristian Mijares (30-3) showed superior boxing skills and administered a beating to the charismatic, Cowboy hat wearing rising Mexican star. Maybe Jorge Arce should fight Vic Darchinyan now. Both are very similar. Neither have much defense, both like to throw bombs and because both have such similar styles, this could be a hell of a fight. The winner could redeem some of the mystique lost from their previous loss.

As for Donaire, he’s a Champ now. This is a dream come true for all young fighters. If he keeps using what works, he may be around for a long time. He showed a lot of calm and poise that enabled him to execute the perfect game plan against a big puncher with an unorthodox style. Congratulations Nonito Donaire!

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Article posted on 09.07.2007

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