Donaire vs. Darchinyan 2 & Garcia vs. Martinez: A bridge to nowhere

Normally when two elite fighters are co-featured on a card together you can expect the winners (favorites) to be matched up in a (super) fight of sorts at some point in the near future.

It’s a formula that’s been used to build or as Bob Arum would say “marinate”, certain fights that have been labeled by the fans as must see fights.

Usually the promoters put each fighter in a showcase type fight for future highlight replays that will be used as fuel to stoke the fire of a talked about fight.

Some fights never come to fruition due to the inner political issues of the business of boxing.

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Donaire/Darchinyan Interview Transcript

We have a terrific card coming up this Saturday at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, which will be televised Live on HBO® beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open up with the two top-rated contenders — both undefeated — in the junior middleweight division fighting for the vacant WBO title and coincidentally they are both former U.S. Olympians – Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan taking on Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade; that will be followed by Nonito and Vic in their rematch; and the telecast will conclude with Roman “Rocky” Martinez defending his WBO junior lightweight title against former WBO featherweight champion, the undefeated Mikey Garcia. Robert Garcia will have his hands full Saturday night as he will be working the corners for both Donaire and Garcia.

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Darchinyan vs. Donaire, War for the Once Was vs. The Is

The clock is ticking, as both Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan are eyeing a victory this coming Saturday night on HBO from Texas, as they step into the ring against each other for the second time. For Darchinyan, this will be a long awaited chance to redeem himself to the boxing fans that have witnessed Darchinyan being handed a rather nasty loss in his first fight against Donaire.

Ever since that night, Darchinyan has voiced his quest for the rematch over and over, but being that boxing is a political as well as a business career, it’s not always about being humble and giving your competition chances that are unnecessary and don’t make long term sense.

At last, Darchinyan, by way of Rigondeaux beating Donaire, has arrived at this golden opportunity to not only avenge a loss, but to skyrocket his career to all new heights.

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Darchinyan: I’m going to stop Donaire

darchinyan4334Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s) realizes that he’s been brought in as the sacrificial lamb for Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s)to slaughter this Saturday night on HBO to make Donaire look better than he is and to make boxing fans forget about the sight of a bleeding Donaire being clowned by WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux last April. Darchinyan doesn’t care that he’s being brought in as a kind of a tune-up fight for Donaire instead of a credible opponent, because he plans on embarrassing Donaire by knocking him out in front of the entire nation on HBO at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.

Darchinyan said this on Tuesday’s conference call “I think so, yes. I think so. That’s why he [Donaire] chose me after the loss to Rigo. I think also that Nonito was exposed. I’ve been training hard for Nonito. I will stop him.

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Donaire battles Darchinyan this Saturday on HBO

donaire422Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) and Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s) will be mixing it up this Saturday night on HBO from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. It’s been exactly six years since Donaire and Darchinyan last fought in 2007, and it didn’t turn out too well for Darchinyan with him getting stopped in the 5th round.

Chances are that Darchinyan won’t do any better on Saturday night than he did back in 2007. A lot of boxing fans wanted to see a Donaire-Darchinyan rematch over the years, but it seems like a lot of the interest in that fight died down a long time ago after Darchinyan started losing regularly. He’s now been beaten in two out of his last four fights, and he’s even struggling to beat lesser fighter.

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Robert Garcia: People Will See the Best Nonito Ever

When Nonito Donaire lost his fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux back in April, it was an unexpected outcome for most of the boxing fans. Not that everyone thought that Donaire would win, but none expected him to be dominated and toyed with the way Rigo was able to.

After that loss, Donaire’s ‘Flash’ was gone, and his stock plummeted in the eyes of the boxing fans and the media. Everyone gets a second chance, and thanks to Rigo, two people will have that chance come November: Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan.

Ever since Darchinyan got knocked out by Donaire in July of 2007, he has been seeking a rematch. While Donaire was on a rise dominating his rivals, he was not interested in offering a shot at redemption to Darchinyan. Despite the fact that there was great interest for the rematch at first, it has slowly faded as time went by.

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Donaire-Darchinyan on November 9th in triple-header on HBO

donaire012Guillermo Rigondeaux may not be back on HBO, but the guys that he easily beat Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) is in what will likely be a mismatch against 37-year-old past his prime Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s0 on November 9th in a triple-header in Texas. Top Rank, the promoters for the show, will also have Mikey Garcia moving up in weight to face WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez, and junior middleweights Vanes Martirosyan vs. Demetrius Andrade.

In other words, we’re looking at two mismatches – Donaire-Darchinyan and Garcia-Martinez – and one competitive fight on paper between Andrade and Martirosyan. I’m not sure if this is a really great card to be honest. I like Garcia, but I don’t like him fighting a paper champion. I’d rather see Garcia fight Jhonny Gonzalez or Abner Mares.

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Donaire likely to fight Darchinyan in rematch in November

donaire012Bob Arum is looking to match Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) against Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s) in a fight that’ll take place in November, according to Dan Rafael. Why Arum is interested in making this match after all these years is anyone’s guess.

It’s likely that he sees Darchinyan as one of the few recognizable names that he can put with Donaire. It’s also a fight that is a winnable one for Donaire, and he clearly needs a victory after getting soundly beaten by WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux last April.

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Rodriquez stops Escalera and edges closer to the top; Darchiyan’s experience too much for Del Valle

Vic Darchinyan - by Paul Strauss: Edwin "La Bamba" Rodriquez 22-0-0 (KO 15) pulled off a bit of a surprise when he jumped out with heavy shots in the first round of his fight with Jason Escalera 13-1-1 (KO 11) in the MGM Grand at Foxwood Resorts, Mashuntucket, Conn.   Rodriquez took chances winding up and telegraphing his looping heavy shots.  He realized he could get away with it, because Escalera failed to counter and instead went into an upright shell, failing to move his head.  Several of the big bombs got through to the body, and many bounced off Escalera's gloves, getting through to his head.  Escalera was rocking right away in the opening stanza.by Paul Strauss: Edwin “La Bamba” Rodriquez 22-0-0 (KO 15) pulled off a bit of a surprise when he jumped out with heavy shots in the first round of his fight with Jason Escalera 13-1-1 (KO 11) in the MGM Grand at Foxwood Resorts, Mashuntucket, Conn. Rodriquez took chances winding up and telegraphing his looping heavy shots. He realized he could get away with it, because Escalera failed to counter and instead went into an upright shell, failing to move his head. Several of the big bombs got through to the body, and many bounced off Escalera’s gloves, getting through to his head. Escalera was rocking right away in the opening stanza.

Rodriquez’ trainer Ronnie Shields liked what he saw, but he continually cautioned Edwin to fight smart and at the right distance. As the fight progressed, Shields knew Rodriquez was winning, but he also knew that he was getting hit with shots he shouldn’t be. As advertised, Escalera showed signs of being a decent puncher, but he didn’t listen to his corner men’s advice about moving his head and punching to the body. Hence, he was spending way too much time catching shots, rather than throwing them. There are good things about his style, though. He has good balance. He keeps his feet underneath him when he punches. He doesn’t over extend, and he throws nice, crisp, straight shots, but most of the time Rodriquez wasn’t there to receive them.

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