Darchinyan ready for action

Jul 6, 2007 - 12:31 PM By Mark Staniforth

Special to PA SportsTicker

Vic Darchinyan believes his insatiable appetite for knockout victories will see him extend his unbeaten record to 29 fights when he defends his IBF flyweight title against Nonito Donaire in Bridgeport, Connecticut Saturday night.

The Armenia-born Australian has not been extended the full distance since August 2003, and his last victory over Victor Burgos in March left his opponent hospitalized with serious head injuries for over a month.

With his genuine desire for exciting, attacking fights against the best possible opponents, the 5-5 Darchinyan has lit up the lower weight divisions in a way arguably not seen since the mid-1990s reign of Michael Carbajal.

"People need to understand it is very important for me to win every fight by knockout," Darchinyan said. "I'm not one-dimensional but people want action. That's what they remember and that's why I fight like I do.

"Sometimes, I allow a guy to hit me so he thinks he can, and then I nail him the next time. But I want challenges. I want guys who truly believe they can beat me."

The 31-year-old Darchinyan says he has an extra incentive because his fight against Donaire's older brother Glenn ended in a controversial sixth-round stoppage last October.

Referee Tony Weeks deemed Donaire's broken jaw had come via an unintentional foul on Darchinyan's part and took the bout to the scorecards. Darchinyan won, but was denied the knockout he craved.

"Glenn Donaire flat out quit on me," Darchinyan said.

"Nonito is a good kid and definitely a better fighter than his brother, but once he feels my power, he is going to wish he was someplace else. No one can withstand my power."

Filipino Donaire has won 17 fights against one early career defeat, with 10 wins coming by way of stoppage.

"Everything he does is vulnerable," Donaire said. "He just tries to take you out."

In the co-feature, Connecticut's Travis Simms (25-0, 19 kos), puts his WBA light-middleweight title on the line against Joachim Alcine (28-0, 18 kos), in a clash of unbeaten prospects.

"My goal is unifying this division, showing them there should only be one champion," Simms said. "Travis Simms is that champion. I am willing to step up to the plate and prove it."

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