Corpus Christi, Texas – After being hit by two catastrophic natural calamities in the past few weeks, the Philippine sports fans received some good news when the Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire defeated Vic Darchinyan via a 9th round TKO. This bout was rematch for their 2007 tiff that launched the career of Donaire. Darchinyan was one of the most exciting boxing champions then but got schooled by tactical Donaire. Donaire’s 5th round demolition of Darchinyan was awarded KO of the Year by the Ring Magazine. The rematch that took 6 years in the making was a very competitive one and both fighters had their moments.
The bout was quite even until the 6th round. On the 7th and 8th round, Darchinyan was aggressive and was taking alot of punches. By the end of the 8th round, Donaire was behind in two of judge’s score cards. The 9th round, however, was all Donaire. He showed what his vaunted left hook can do as it pounded the Armenian constantly. One of those left hooks caused the first knockdown of the match but Darchinyan was able to beat the count but was still a bit groggy. Sensing his opponents weakness, Nonito Donaire put on all out attack. Initially, Darchinyan was able hold on and weather the storm but Donaire kept on with the pressure using a two fisted attack. Two hard left uppercuts forced referee Laurence Cole to step in and stop the fight. Donaire was by TKO at the 2:06 mark of the 9th round.
The win was a good bounce back win for Nonito Donaire after he suffered just 2nd career loss back in April against the ultra-talented Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux. The victory could set up a rematch against the person who took his super bantamweight titles. Another option is to fight WBA featherweight champion Nicolas Waiters of Jamaica which is the same as the weight limit for tonight’s bout. Darchinyan’s road back to a world championship has hit a snag again but he will always be in the discussion as one option for up and coming boxers to fight against because of exciting and aggressive style. The roads of the two protagonists will once again diverge.
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