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Vic Darchinyan
Weightclass:
Super Bantamweight
Age:
38
Birthplace:
Vanadzor, Armenia
Record:
39-7-1, 28 KOs
Height:
5’6”
Reach:
66”
Managers:
Frank Espinoza
Trainers:
biography
“Raging Bull”  

Ranked WBC #5, WBO #8, IBF #9 at 122 pounds…
World championship fights: 12-4, 10 KOs…
Former WBC-WBA super flyweight world champion, three successful title defenses...
Former IBF jr. bantamweight world champion, two successful defenses…
Former two-time bantamweight world title challenger...
Former IBF flyweight world champion, six successful defenses…
Former Australian flyweight champion…
2000 Olympic representative for Armenia (amateur), 112 pounds…

At the age of 38, Vic is a 13-year pro. A former WBC-WBA super flyweight and IBF junior bantamweight world champion, he was the first fighter to unify three of the major world titles at 115 pounds – he won the IBF title in August, 2008, then won the WBC-WBA titles three months later in November. He made one successful defense of the three unified titles.
He vacated the IBF junior bantamweight title when he moved up in weight to challenge IBF bantamweight world champion Joseph Agbeko in July, 2009. Vic lost a 12-round decision, but retained the WBC and WBA 115-pound titles and made two more successful title defenses.
He vacated the WBC and WBA titles to move up to bantamweight again.
Vic is also a former IBF flyweight world champion: he won the title in December, 2004, and held it until July, 2007. He made six successful title defenses, five by knockout.
He has an exciting, all-action style in the ring, and has already had a career worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Vic moved up to the featherweight division for the first time in his last fight, and is coming off a ninth-round TKO loss against former three-division world champion Nonito Donaire on November 9.
After the fight Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Donaire first met Darchinyan in 2007 and knocked him...
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fight history
Key Fights – 2013 - in his last fight on 11-9-13 in Corpus Christi, TX, he lost by TKO (9th round) against former three-division world champion Nonito Donaire (31-2): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Mikey Garcia-Roman Martinez main event, and it was a good, close fight; Donaire rocked Vic with a left hook in the 2nd round, but Vic rallied in the following rounds - he landed the harder punches, staggered Donaire with a left hand in the 5th, and built a lead on the scorecards - after eight rounds, the fight was scored 78-74, 78-74 Darchinyan, 76-76; but Nonito scored a devastating knockdown with a left hook in the 9th round - Darchinyan got up, but Nonito rocked him again and the referee stopped the fight at 2:06…
On 5-11-03 in Laredo, TX, he won by TKO (4th round) against Javier Francisco Gallo (18-6-1): the bout headlined at Uni-Trade Stadium, and it was a rainy night in the outdoor arena; Gallo rocked Vic with a right hand late in the 1st round, but Vic came back and scored three knockdowns in the 2nd, all with left hands, but Gallo rocked Vic again with a left hook in the middle of the round; Vic scored another knockdown with a left hand early that dropped Galloo flat on his back in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:26…
 
2012 – on 9-29-12 in Mashantucket, CT, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-0): the bout was co-featured at Foxwoods; Del Valle was the favorite to win and gave a good effort, but Vic dominated most of the fight - he consistently outworked Del Valle, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; Del Valle was cut on the bridge of hs nose by a clash of heads in the 4th round, and cut under his chin in the 6th; Del Valle had a few rallies late in...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Vic’s real first name is Vakhtang…he said, “I born in Vanadzor, Armenia. I have just one sister. My dad in Armenia owned petrol station, but not anymore. He’s retired now. His name is Ruben - he’s going to be at fight. When I fought with Cristian Mijares, Jorge Arce, he was at those fights.
“In my city it’s very popular, boxing. All kids go to boxing. I like, I love it. I start when eight years old. I’ve been boxing 29 years now. I have 170 amateur fights international, 152 wins, and 105 knockouts, and nearly 150 fights in Armenia.
“At Olympics, Jeff Fenech came to my fights and saw my fights when I fight with the Russian. After that, we talk with him. He tell me, ‘I like you, come and stay here. Professional.’
“I’m naturally lefthanded. Everything is left hand, left leg.”...
Vic is married and has a young son; he said, “When I was fighting with Nonito Donaire, my son was supposed to be born same day – the due day was 7 of July. But it was delayed and he was born 19 of July [2007] - he wait for me. His name is Ruben. I have his name on my trunks. You know, on my teeshirt you can see number seven. Number seven is my day, I love number seven. I born on the seventh of January and if you remember, I lost to Nonito Donaire on seventh day.”...
Vic became an Australian citizen on July 7, 2004…he said, “I can speak three languages: Russian, Armenian, and English. I speak Russian very fluent, like Armenian. My wife, she’s Russian. With my friends, I’m always talking Armenian or Russian. I’m not using much English. If I’m talking to someone in English a couple of hours a day, my English improve much faster.”…
Regarding his nickname, he said, “I love that. I feel like I’m myself like Raging Bull, you...
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Biography

“Raging Bull”  

  • Ranked WBC #5, WBO #8, IBF #9 at 122 pounds…
  • World championship fights: 12-4, 10 KOs…
  • Former WBC-WBA super flyweight world champion, three successful title defenses...
  • Former IBF jr. bantamweight world champion, two successful defenses…
  • Former two-time bantamweight world title challenger...
  • Former IBF flyweight world champion, six successful defenses…
  • Former Australian flyweight champion…
  • 2000 Olympic representative for Armenia (amateur), 112 pounds…

At the age of 38, Vic is a 13-year pro. A former WBC-WBA super flyweight and IBF junior bantamweight world champion, he was the first fighter to unify three of the major world titles at 115 pounds – he won the IBF title in August, 2008, then won the WBC-WBA titles three months later in November. He made one successful defense of the three unified titles.

He vacated the IBF junior bantamweight title when he moved up in weight to challenge IBF bantamweight world champion Joseph Agbeko in July, 2009. Vic lost a 12-round decision, but retained the WBC and WBA 115-pound titles and made two more successful title defenses.

He vacated the WBC and WBA titles to move up to bantamweight again.

Vic is also a former IBF flyweight world champion: he won the title in December, 2004, and held it until July, 2007. He made six successful title defenses, five by knockout.

He has an exciting, all-action style in the ring, and has already had a career worthy of the Hall of Fame.

Vic moved up to the featherweight division for the first time in his last fight, and is coming off a ninth-round TKO loss against former three-division world champion Nonito Donaire on November 9.

After the fight Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Donaire first met Darchinyan in 2007 and knocked him out in the fifth round to win a flyweight title and announce his arrival on the world boxing stage. Donaire went on to huge success after that victory, but Darchinyan also had success, moving up to junior bantamweight, where he unified titles and became a dominant champion. They finally met again in a rematch that had been talked about since the first fight.

Donaire figured to look good…. But nobody told that to Darchinyan, who fought very well…. Although both fighters had their moments, Donaire looked like was in some trouble as the fight wore on. Darchinyan was landing nice left hands and knocked Donaire back.

Going into the ninth round it turned out that Donaire was indeed trailing, down 78-74 on two scorecards while the third was 76-76.

Donaire, whose best punch is his left hook, landed a sizzler in the ninth round that dropped Darchinyan to his knees. Darchinyan survived but his legs were in bad shape and Donaire attacked, eventually landing an overhand left and a left uppercut as [the] referee jumped in to stop the fight at 2 minutes, 6 seconds. [End Rafael item]

Fight History

Key Fights – 2013 - in his last fight on 11-9-13 in Corpus Christi, TX, he lost by TKO (9th round) against former three-division world champion Nonito Donaire (31-2): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Mikey Garcia-Roman Martinez main event, and it was a good, close fight; Donaire rocked Vic with a left hook in the 2nd round, but Vic rallied in the following rounds - he landed the harder punches, staggered Donaire with a left hand in the 5th, and built a lead on the scorecards - after eight rounds, the fight was scored 78-74, 78-74 Darchinyan, 76-76; but Nonito scored a devastating knockdown with a left hook in the 9th round - Darchinyan got up, but Nonito rocked him again and the referee stopped the fight at 2:06…

On 5-11-03 in Laredo, TX, he won by TKO (4th round) against Javier Francisco Gallo (18-6-1): the bout headlined at Uni-Trade Stadium, and it was a rainy night in the outdoor arena; Gallo rocked Vic with a right hand late in the 1st round, but Vic came back and scored three knockdowns in the 2nd, all with left hands, but Gallo rocked Vic again with a left hook in the middle of the round; Vic scored another knockdown with a left hand early that dropped Galloo flat on his back in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:26…

 

2012 – on 9-29-12 in Mashantucket, CT, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-0): the bout was co-featured at Foxwoods; Del Valle was the favorite to win and gave a good effort, but Vic dominated most of the fight - he consistently outworked Del Valle, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; Del Valle was cut on the bridge of hs nose by a clash of heads in the 4th round, and cut under his chin in the 6th; Del Valle had a few rallies late in the fight and rocked Vic in the 9th round, but Vic finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 96-94; after the fight, Vic said, "I'm back. I feel good at this weight, I feel strong. I worked very hard. He's a tough kid, I just felt I was in a different class than him."...

WBC B WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - on 4-6-12 in Tokyo, JP, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against lefthanded defending champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2): the bout was co-featured at the Tokyo International Forum; the early rounds were close - Vic pressed forward, but Yamanaka kept him off-balance with almost constant movement and scored with accurate counterpunches; Vic was cut over his right eye in the 5th round and after six rounds, the fight was scored 58-56, 58-56 Yamanaka, 57-57; Yamanaka boxed and moved and dominated the second half of the fight – he won the 7th on two scorecards, swept the 8th round on all three, then won the 9th on two; he rocked Vic with a right hook in the 10th round and swept the round, then staggered him with a left hand in the 11th and swept that round, as well; Vic came back to win 12th on two scorecards; scored 116-112, 116-112, 117-111…

 

2011- WBA B WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – on 12-3-11 in Anaheim, CA, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against lefthanded defending champion Anselmo Moreno (31-1-1):

the fight was co-featured with the Abner Mares-Joseph Agbeko II main event, and Moreno dominated; Vic pressed forward, but Moreno kept him off-balance with constant movement and scored repeatedly with accurate counterpunches; Vic was penalized one point for throwing Moreno to the canvas in the 4th round; scored 117-110, 116-111, 120-107…

On 9-2-11 in Yerevan, ARM, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against lefthanded Evans Mbamba (18-1): the bout headlined at Karen Dimerchyan Sports Complex - it was Vic’s first fight as a pro in his native country, and he dominated; he scored a knockdown with a left uppercut to the body in the 1st round, consistently outworked Mbamba and landed the harder punches; Vic was cut over his left eye in the 5th round, but Mbamba fought tentatively for much of the fight; scored 120-107, 120-107, 119-107…

On 4-23-11 in Los Angeles, CA, he won a technical decision (5th round) against former IBF bantamweight world champion Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1): the fight headlined at the Nokia Theater, and Vic dominated; he scored a knockdown with a left uppercut in the 2nd round, consistently outworked Perez and landed the harder punches; Perez was cut over his left eye by an accidental clash of heads - and the fight was stopped on the cut at 1:07 of the 5th round and went to the scorecards; scored 50-44 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Vic said, “He took big punches and I wanted to knock him out, but he’s still a great fighter. He quit. The ref said, ‘Do you want to fight?’ He said ‘no.’ ”…

 

2010 - on 12-11-10 in Tacoma, WA, he lost a 12 round split decision against Abner Mares (20-0-1): the fight was co-featured with the Joseph Agbeko-Yonnhy Perez main event; Vic started fast and won the 1st round on two scorecards - Mares was cut at his hairline by a clash of heads, and it bled throughout the fight; Vic scored knockdown with a left hand in the 2nd for a 10-8 round on all three scorecards, then won the 3rd round on two scorecards; Mares won the 4th round on two scorecards, but was also penalized one point for low blows in the round, then Vic swept the 5th; Mares swept the 6th round but after six rounds, was behind in the scoring 57-53, 58-54, 58-54; but Mares rallied in the second half of the fight - he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 7th round, pressed forward, and landed the sharper punches; Vic won the 8th on two scorecards but Mares swept the 9th and 10th rounds, then won the 11th and 12th on two scorecards and won by scores of 113-112, 115-111 Mares, 115-111 Darchinyan; after the fight, Vic said, “It’s very disgusting, very bad ref. I think, of course, I won. He didn’t let me do what I wanted to do.”…

On 5-20-10 in Parramatta, AUST, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against lefthanded Eric Barcelona (51-17-4): the bout headlined at the Parramatta Leagues Club; Barcelona gave a good effort, but Vic dominated the fight; he scored two knockdowns in the 5th round - the first with a left hand and the second with a right uppercut - and Barcelona was penalized one point for a low blow in the 6th; Vic was rocked by a clash of heads in the 11th round, but rallied and scored a knockdown with a right uppercut and Barcelona was penalized another point for a low blow; scored 118-105, 120-103, 116-108…

3RD WBC-WBA S-FL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 3-6-10 in Rancho Mirage, CA, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Rodrigo Guerrero (13-1-1): the fight headlined at Agua Caliente Casino, and Vic dominated; Guerrero was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 4th round; he took a tremendous amount of punishment, but never went down and kept fighting back; Vic consistently outworked him, landed the harder punches, and rocked him several times - he punched out Guerrero’s mouthpiece in the 7th round and staggered him in the 8th; scored 118-110, 120-108, 117-111; after the fight, Vic said, “If I don’t train hard for this fight, if I take this guy lightly, this is a much harder fight and maybe I lose. This kid is a very good fighter. I hit him with a lot of good punches, but he took them all and kept coming back. I have never had an opponent stand up to me like he did.”…

 

2009 – 2ND WBC-WBA S-FL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 12-12-09 in Rancho Mirage he won by knockout (2nd round) against WBC interim super flyweight champion Tomas Rojas (32-11-1): the fight was co-featured with the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Lamont Peterson main event, and it ended with a spectacular knockout; Rojas started fast - he kept Vic off-balance with movement in the 1st round, outworked him and won the round on two scorecards; Rojas also outworked Vic for most of the 2nd, but Vic scored a knockdown with a left hand that dropped Rojas flat on his back late in the round and he was counted out at 2:54; after the fight, Vic said, “The key to this fight was patience and showing my boxing skills. Strength-wise, fighting at 115 pounds or 118 pounds doesn’t mean anything, because the difference is minimal. It’s all about mental preparation, and tonight I was patient and took my time and let the knockout come. He was hitting me with punches, but I was hitting him back more and with more power. It was only a matter of time before he felt my power. Every night when I go to sleep or I am preparing for a fight. I am dreaming of a rematch with Nonito Donaire.”...

 

IBF B WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - on 7-11-09 in Sunrise, FL, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against defending champion Joseph Agbeko (26-1): the fight headlined at the BankAtlantic Center and the early rounds were close – both landed hard punches, but Agbeko’s were clearly more effective; Vic pressed forward, but appeared to be looking for one big knockout punch and lunged in repeatedly; Agbeko turned the fight into a gruelling battle of attrition; Vic was cut over his left eye in the 2nd round and his nose and mouth were bloodied late in the 5th and after six rounds, Agbeko led by scores of 58-56 on all three scorecards; Vic scored a knockdown in the 7th round, but video replays showed that it was actually from a cuffing left hand behind the neck – not a clean punch - and the timekeeper let the round continue for four minutes, as well; Agbeko kept Vic off-balance with good upper-body movement, consistently landed hard lead right hands and dominated most of the second half of the fight - he swept the 8th round on all three scorecards, won the 9th and 10th on two scorecards, swept the 11th round and won the 12th on two scorcards; the fight appeared more one-sided than the scores indicated - 116-111, 114-113, 114-113; after the fight, Vic said, “I took a different tactic into the ring tonight. I went for the big punch and I lost, and I can’t say anything about that. I was repeating the same mistakes and I was getting upset. It’s not an excuse. I took the bad tactic and I wasn’t smart enough tonight. He was the better fighter tonight. I will go back and watch the tape and correct my mistakes.”...

2ND IBF, 1ST WBC-WBA S FL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 2-7-09 in Anaheim he won by TKO (11th round) against former WBO and WBC light flyweight world champion Jorge Arce (51-4-1): Arce gave a tremendous effort, but Vic dominated most of the fight - he consistently outworked Arce, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; Arce had his moments - he rocked Vic with a left hook-right hand combination in the 3rd round, and both were cut in the round - Vic over his right eye and Arce under his right eye; Arce was also cut over his right eye later in the fight; Vic came on very strongly in the late rounds, Arce’s cut worsened, and the ringside doctor stopped the fight after the 11th round; Arce, who had taken a severe beating, was upset that he wasn’t allowed to finish the fight; Vic led by scores of 109-100 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Vic said, “He surprised me. I didn’t expect a fight from him like this. But he was tough, he is a good fighter. I hit him with some good shots, but he kept coming back. I would have liked to knock him out cold, but this is okay. I am happy. I feel great. Maybe if it goes another round, I knock him out. Arce hit me with some good shots, but I was too strong. I think my speed was a difference. I am ready to fight anybody.”...

 

2008 – WON WBC-WBA S-FL WORLD TITLES, 1ST IBF JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 11-1-08 in Carson, CA, he won by TKO (9th round) against lefthanded defending WBC-WBA world champion Cristian Mijares (36-3-2): the bout headlined at the Home Depot Center; Mijares was the clear favorite to win, but Vic dominated the entire fight; he pressed forward from the opening  bell and scored a knockdown with a left uppercut late in the 1st round; he consistently outworked Mijares in the following rounds and rocked him repeatedly with left hands - Mijares won only the 3rd round on one scorecard and the 7th on two, and some observers thought that the judges were being generous to him to give him those; Vic scored a knockdown with a left hand that dropped Mijares flat on his back and left him dazed in the 9th round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 3:00; after eight rounds, Vic led by scores of 79-72 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Vic said, “I promised to show my skills and knock him out, and I kept my promise. I was always confident I was the best fighter. I had beaten guys that had beaten him. He’s not easy. He’s a good fighter. But I can box, too.”...

WON IBF JB WORLD TITLE - on 8-2-08 in Tacoma he won by knockout (5th round) against defending champion Dimitri Kirilov (29-3-1): Vic dominated the entire fight; he constantly pressed forward and repeatedly rocked Kirilov with left hands in every round; Vic scored two knockdowns in the 5th round - the first with a left hand, the second with a series of punches - and Kirilov was counted out at 1:05; after four rounds, Vic led by scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Vic said, “I lost my title one year ago, and I’ve now returned to the championship. I never underestimate my opponents. I’ve learned a lot in my last several fights.”...

IBF JB TITLE ELIMINATOR - on 2-2-08 in Cebu, PH, he had a 12 round draw against lefthanded local favorite Z Gorres (27-2-1): the fight headlined at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino - it was an exciting fight, but marred by poor refereeing; Vic was credited with a knockdown - really more of a slip – in the 1st round, but Gorres kept Vic off-balance with movement and scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 2nd; Vic floored Gorres with a left hand in the 5th round, but the referee ruled that it was a slip, as well; Gorres was cut on his forehead by a clash of heads in the 6th round, but the referee ruled that it was from a punch; Vic scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 9th round; scored 114-112 Darchinyan, 113-112 Gorres, 113-113...

 

2007 – on 10-20-07 in Sydney, AUST, he won by TKO (12th round) against Federico Catubay (20-13-3): Vic dominated the fight; he scored knockdowns in the 7th and 11th rounds, and stopped Catubay at 2:03 of the 12th round; after 11 rounds, Vic led by scores of 110-97, 110-97, 109-98...

LOST IBF FL WORLD TITLE – on 7-7-07 in Bridgeport, CT, he lost by TKO (5th round) against against Nonito Donaire (17-1): the bout was co-featured with the Joaquim Alcine-Travis Simms main event, and ended with a spectacular and devastating one-punch knockout; Donaire dominated most of the fight – he started fast, outboxed and outworked Vic in the early rounds, and staggered him twice with left hooks late in the 3rd round; Vic rallied and landed a couple of hard left hands early in the 5th, but Donaire scored a knockdown moments later with a left hook that dropped Vic flat on his back and bloodied his nose - he got up, but stumbled across the ring and fell face-first into the ropes and the referee stopped the fight as Vic’s corner entered the ring at 0:38; after four rounds, the fight was scored 40-36 Donaire, 38-38, 38-38; after the fight, Vic said, “I am okay, but I am very disappointed. I got caught with a great shot. What can I say? Things happen like this in boxing. I definitely want a rematch as soon as possible. If I made one mistake, it was I was loading up too much. But I fight the way I fight.”...

6TH IBF FL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 3-3-07 in Carson he won by knockout (12th round) against former IBF light flyweight world champion Victor Burgos (39-14-3): Burgos moved almost constantly, but Vic pressed forward, consistently outworked him, and dominated most of the fight; Vic scored a knockdown with an uppercut to the body that dropped Burgos to one knee in the 2nd round; Burgos had a few small rallies, but Vic steadily wore him down and gave him a beating in the late rounds; Vic staggered Burgos with a right hand in the 12th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:27; after 11 rounds, Vic led by scores of 110-98, 110-98, 109-99; after the fight, Vic said, “He told me he was going to stay and punch, that I couldn’t hurt him. I love it, I thought he was going to stay with me and punch me back. It’s what I like. As soon as the first round started, he started running. I said, ‘Oh, again, he’s going to run.’ It was disappointing. I was just concentrating on one big punch and hoping that he would follow me. I wish him all the best. I want to make sure he’s allright. Mexico should be very proud of Victor Burgos, I think he is a hero. He was very tough. His movements gave me difficulties.”; Burgos temporarily lost consciousness on his stool after the fight and was taken from the ring on a stretcher; he later underwent surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance to remove a blood clot in his brain; he was also placed in a medically induced coma to help relieve swelling of his brain; he has since recovered …

 

2006 – 5TH IBF FL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 10-7-06 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a technical decision (6th round) against Glenn Donaire (16-2-1): the bout was co-featured with the Joel Casamayor-Diego Corrales main event; Vic consistently landed the harder punches and dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a right hook that put Donaire on the seat of his pants in the 3rd round; Vic rocked Donaire a couple of times in the 6th round, then Donaire turned away from Vic and told the referee, “He broke my jaw.”; the referee called a timeout for the doctor to examine Donaire, who determined that his jaw was injured seriously enough to stop the fight; the referee ruled the injury was caused by an accidental headbutt and stopped the fight at 1:27 of the 6th round; the 6th round was scored, and the fight went to the scorecards - Vic led by scores of 60-53 on all three scorecards; Donaire claimed the injury was caused by an elbow in the 4th round; after the fight, Vic said, “I couldn’t understand why it’s a technical decision. His corner stopped the fight, he turned away. It was a punch, not a butt. I could feel his legs shake every time I hit him. He was not an easy opponent, he was a good opponent, but I wanted to knock him out. I’ll knock out anybody. Just put someone in front of me. I don’t have problem with my weight. I want to unify the belts at 112. If nobody wants to, I’ll do it at a different weight. I hope Arce stops running from me. I really want to fight him. I respected him at first, and I liked the way he fought, that’s why I wanted to fight him. But now, he runs, he talks a lot, but that’s it.”...

 

4TH IBF FL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 6-3-06 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (8th round) against previously undefeated former Mexican flyweight champion Luis Maldonado (33-0-1): Maldonado boxed and moved in the early rounds, but Vic pressed forward, steadily wore him down, and dominated most of the fight; he cut Maldonado over his right eye in the 4th round, scored a knockdown in the 6th, and staggered him in the 7th; Vic rocked Maldonado with a series of punches in the 8th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:38; after seven rounds, Vic led by scores of 69-62, 69-63, 69-63; after the fight, Vic said, “I knew I had to keep punching. If I kept punching I knew I would knock him out. I love belts. I have room for lots of belts on my walls. I can move up to junior bantamweight or even bantamweight.”…

3RD IBF FL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 3-3-06 in Santa Ynez, CA, he won by TKO (8th round) against lefthanded Diosdado Gabi (26-2-1): it was a spectacular one-punch knockout; the early rounds were close - Vic pressed forward, Gabi boxed and moved, and both were effective at times; but Vic landed the harder punches and gradually wore him down; Vic scored a knockdown with a left hand that put Gabi flat on his back in the 8th round - he got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:42; after seven rounds, Vic led by scores of 70-63, 68-65, 68-65; after the fight, Vic said, “I’m happy I won, I’m happy to knock out a kid who had never been stopped, but I made some mistakes. I’ll fix it. We will do a bit more training, and we’ll work at the mistakes.”…

 

2005 - 2ND IBF FL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 8-24-05 in Sydney he won by TKO (5th round) against Jair Jimenez (22-4-1): Vic dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown in the 4th round, then staggered Jimenez with a series of punches in the 5th and the referee stopped the fight at 2:23; after four rounds, Vic led by scores of 40-35, 40-35, 40-34; after the fight, Vic said, “He is a tough guy and he took a lot of punches. I made sure to show my power tonight. I want to become undisputed flyweight world champion. I want big fights that excite the fans.”…

1ST IBF FL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 3-27-05 in Homebush Bay, AUST, he won by TKO (8th round) against lefthanded former South African light flyweight champion Mzukisi Sikali (29-6-2): Vic started fast, but Sikali rallied and swept the 3rd and 5th rounds on all three scorecards; Vic was cut over his left eye in the 6th, but wore down Sikali with the harder punches; Vic staggered Sikali with a right uppercut in the 8th round, Sikali turned his back and signalled that he did not want to continue, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:28; after the fight, Vic said, “I trained very good for the fight, and Sikali was very tough. He takes some good shots. When I hit him with some good punches, I was surprised when he didn’t go down. I was waiting for him to hit the canvas, but he kept coming back. I was surprised how he finished the fight, because he is very fit.”…

 

2004 - WON IBF FL WORLD TITLE - on 12-16-04 in Hollywood, FL, he won by TKO (11th round) against previously undefeated lefthanded defending champion Irene Pacheco (30-0): the bout headlined in an outdoor arena at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Pacheco had held the title for over 5 ½ years and made seven successful defenses; the early rounds were close, but Vic built a lead on the scorecards – he swept the 1st and 2nd rounds on all three scorecards, then won the 3rd and 4th rounds on two scorecards; Pacheco was cut on the bridge of his nose by a clash of heads in the 5th, but won the rond on two scorecards, then swept the 6th round - after six rounds, the fight was scored 59-55 Darchinyan, 57-57, 57-57; Vic finished the second half of the fight strongly - he swept the 7th round on all three scorecards, won the 8th on two scorecards, then swept the 9th round - Pacheco was also penalized one point for low blows in the round, and there was an unusual timeout that lasted nearly 10 minutes during a large fireworks display that was held next door to the arena; Vic scored a knockdown and swept the 10th, and Pacheco was penalized two more points for low blows; Vic scored another knockdown in the 11th, and Pacheco’s corner stopped the fight at 0:44; after 10 rounds, Vic led by scores of 96-91, 97-90, 99-88; after the fight, Vic said, “I am very happy. After much hard work, finally I have become world champion.”…

On 4-16-04 in Dandenong, AUST, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Falazona Fidal (1-7): Vic scored a knockdown with a body punch in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight…

 

2003 - IBF FL ELIMINATOR - on 12-12-03 in Sydney he won by knockout (5th round) against former WBC strawweight world champion Wandee Chareon (39-6): it was the rematch; Vic dominated the fight and overpowered Chareon - he scored one knockdown in the 2nd round with a left hand to the head, and another in the 4th with a left hand to the body; Vic scored another knockdown with a left uppercut in the 5th round, and Chareon was counted out at 1:35…

He debuted at the age of 24 on 11-3-00…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Vic’s real first name is Vakhtang…he said, “I born in Vanadzor, Armenia. I have just one sister. My dad in Armenia owned petrol station, but not anymore. He’s retired now. His name is Ruben - he’s going to be at fight. When I fought with Cristian Mijares, Jorge Arce, he was at those fights.

“In my city it’s very popular, boxing. All kids go to boxing. I like, I love it. I start when eight years old. I’ve been boxing 29 years now. I have 170 amateur fights international, 152 wins, and 105 knockouts, and nearly 150 fights in Armenia.

“At Olympics, Jeff Fenech came to my fights and saw my fights when I fight with the Russian. After that, we talk with him. He tell me, ‘I like you, come and stay here. Professional.’

“I’m naturally lefthanded. Everything is left hand, left leg.”...

Vic is married and has a young son; he said, “When I was fighting with Nonito Donaire, my son was supposed to be born same day – the due day was 7 of July. But it was delayed and he was born 19 of July [2007] - he wait for me. His name is Ruben. I have his name on my trunks. You know, on my teeshirt you can see number seven. Number seven is my day, I love number seven. I born on the seventh of January and if you remember, I lost to Nonito Donaire on seventh day.”...

Vic became an Australian citizen on July 7, 2004…he said, “I can speak three languages: Russian, Armenian, and English. I speak Russian very fluent, like Armenian. My wife, she’s Russian. With my friends, I’m always talking Armenian or Russian. I’m not using much English. If I’m talking to someone in English a couple of hours a day, my English improve much faster.”…

Regarding his nickname, he said, “I love that. I feel like I’m myself like Raging Bull, you know? My nickname give me one of our coach, after my first fight. He tell me I like similar, you know?”…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2000 OLYMPICS - Sydney, Australia, 112 pounds: for his first scheduled fight on 9-19-00, he drew a bye; in his second fight on 9-24-00 he won a 20-11 decision against Ilfat Raziapov of Russia; in his third fight on 9-27-00 he lost a 15-8 decision against Bulat Jumadilov of Kazakhstan…

1999  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Houston, Texas, 112 pounds: in his first fight he won a 6-4 decision against Miguel Mantilla of Cuba; in his second fight he lost an 8-5 decision against Bulat Jumadilov of Kazakhstan; Jumadilov went on to win the gold medal...

1998 GOODWILL GAMES - New York, New York, 112 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight he won an 18-8 decision against Andrei Kozlovsky of Russia; in the quarterfinals on 7-28-98 he won an 11-7 decision against Aleksei Artmanov; in the semifinals on 7-30-98 he lost an 18-8 decision against Roberto Benitez of the U.S.A.; Benitez went on to win the silver medal...

1998 WORLD CUP - Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, 112 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals he knocked out Hichem Blida of Algeria in the 4th round; in the semifinals he lost a 15-7 decision against Manuel Mantilla of Cuba; Mantilla went on to win the gold medal...

1998 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Minsk,  Belarus, 112 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-18-98 he won a 9-4 decision against Carmine Molaro of Italy; in the quarterfinals on 5-21-98 he won an 8-2 decision against Muhamed Alija of Macedonia; in the semifinals he lost a 6-2 decision against Ilfat Raziapov of Russia, who went on to win the silver medal...

1994 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Istanbul, Turkey, 112 pounds: in his first fight he won a 10-8 decision against Kwang Oh Kwon of Korea; in his second fight he was stopped in the 2nd round against Murad Nadiabov of Uzbekistan...

 

STRENGTHS: A lefthander with an aggressive style and good punching power...a good body puncher...at his best, he constantly pressures his opponents and wears them down...tough and determined...is experienced against top opposition...had a strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 13 years, 6 months…46 fights...318 total rounds...133 world championship rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6.9 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 71 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 10 (5-4-1)…11 rounds - 2 (2-0)…10 rounds - 2 (2-0)…