Darchinyan vs. Yamanaka: WBC Bantamweight Title

By Sevak Sarkisian: Boxing Star Vic Darchinyan is set to take on WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanka in Japan this April. This particular match-up features a nice contrast in fighting style between the two fighters. As most boxing fans already know Darchinyan loves to come forward and brawl, he also loves to use his size and physicality against his opponents.. Though he doesn’t really possess one punch knockout power Darchinyan is heavy handed and breaks his opponents down with his pressure.

On the other hand Yamanaka is more of a boxer-puncher then anything ells. He prefers to stay on the outside work his jab and use his legs. He’s a southpaw with good boxing skills and places his punches well. However he has limited experience at the top level and has never faced an opponent of Darchinyan’s caliber. Looking at things closely, Yamanaka does pose a difficult style match up for Darchinyan because boxing against a brawler most of the time proves to be a good strategy. We should also take into consideration that Darchinyan’s physicality hasn’t been as effective against his opponents since moving up to bantamweight.

However, when I look at this fight closely I can’t see Yamanaka’s limited experience at the top level doing him any good in this fight. His lack of durability and experience are going to be his downfall and pave the way for a Darchinyan win.

Article posted on 23.03.2012

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