Vic Darchinyan as cocky as he is made true to his promise as he knocks out the unified champion Cristian Mijares in nine rounds last Saturday.
Vic was considered an underdog and a one dimensional fighter but he out boxed and out powered Mijares knocking him out first in the first round wiping Mijares smile as Vic continues to dominate Cristian throughout the fight.
Cristian was clearly intimidated by Vic’s power and was content in counterpunching and looking for that lucky shot but that did not happen and the once slick and confident Mijares found himself in a slump and got a wake up call at the end of round 9 where he was down and the referee didn’t even bothered to count.
I never doubted Vic’s power and never doubted his ability to win but Mijares has gained a lot of my respect when he outpointed Jorge Arce and Alexander Munoz. Mijares could have made a different game plan against Darchinyan. Slugging it out with a power puncher is never a good idea. He was too eager to score that Donaire punch to Darchinyan that when he moves in he was tagged by different combinations.
Nonito Donaire the lone boxer who scored an upset against Darchinyan last year was successful in defending his belt against baby face Mthalane from South Africa. Scoring a TKO after Mthalane was cut heavily in his eye. The two fighters Darchinyan and Donaire still has a score to settle and winning both of their fights have paved way for a showdown early next year.
Donaire is leaning in fighting Jorge Arce so Vic will have to unify the belt by fighting WBO Fernando Montiel. That would be one of the greatest showdowns in the 115 division especially if both are fighting on the same card. The winner against Montiel and Darchinyan will fight against the winner for the Donaire and Arce fight.
An eliminator matchup with the winner crowned as the ultimate champion in the super flyweight division.
Donaire exposed the weaknesses of Darchinyan when he knocked out cold Vic on their fight last year but many failed to exploit it. Darchinyan has been solid throughout the year and I give my hats off to him.
The consensus would be Vic has to fight Donaire avenging his humiliating loss last year. Vic believes it was just a lucky punch he might not admit it but coming from that fight Vic has turned into a different fighter. He has shown tremendous improvement throughout his career. Nonito got what it takes to knock Darchinyan out and Vic has learned his lesson. Now its time to see the two slugged it out for pride and bragging rights. Vic Darchinyan has silenced his critics and for sure he is gonna be one of my top pound per pound list but unless he knocks Donaire out Donaire will still be on top of the food chain.