Former world super bantamweight champ Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. and Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan face each other for the second time Sunday (Saturday in US) in a triple-header world championship fight at the American Bank in Corpus Christi Texas, USA.
Seven months after losing his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight belt to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux, Donaire Jr. returns in the ring for a rematch with Darchinyan (39-5-1 slate with 28 knockouts) in a featherweight 12-round bout.
Donaire (31-2 win-loss card with 20 knockouts) scored a fifth round technical knockout against Darchinyan in their first meeting in 2007. Six years later, Donaire established a 13-fight winning streak to become one of the world’s favorite fighters.
“I feel good working out and sparring at this weight class because I’m actually training to win the fight not to lose the weight,” Donaire, 31, told boxingscene.com writer Thomas Gerbasi regarding his debut in the featherweight class.
“We are working on a lot of game plans and not to cut down the weight,” added Donaire, who tipped that scales at 125.25 pounds during Friday’s weigh-in. Darchinyan weighed in at 125.75lbs.
Darchinyan, 37, said he is not yet ready to hang his gloves and assured everyone that he’s ready to avenge his loss to Donaire.
“I can run fifteen miles and I can go at top speed without tiring and then recovering,” Darchinyan told the boxing voice website. “My preparation has been very good thanks to my coach, who has great training sessions for me and I am very prepared.”
“Thirty-seven years old? I don’t even feel that, I feel like I am 25,” added Darchinyan, who loves to pummel his opponent. “I am not getting tired. It’s about how you prepare yourself.”
But Donaire, who learned a lot from his previous loss, remains confident that he will repeat over Darchinyan.
JOSEF T. RAMOS