Vic Darchinyan Looks Good In
Victory Over Perez
By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Vic Darchinyan told
anyone that would listen that he would knockout former
IBF Bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez
prior to tonight’s main event. So did Yonnhy Perez, he
personally told this writer that the fight would end
with him victorious by way of technical knockout. It
turns out that both fighters were wrong. The fight did
not end with a TKO.
Vic Darchinyan 36-3-1, 28KO’s won a unanimous decision
against Yonnhy Perez 20-2-1, 14KO’s in a scheduled 12
round Bantamweight bout for the vacant IBO Bantamweight
Championship. The scrap was held at the Nokia Theatre
L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.
This fight was originally slated to be the televised
undercard of an event that was supposed to crown the
winner of the four men Showtime Bantamweight Tournament.
The main event was believed to be headlined by current
IBF Bantamweight Champion Joseph Abgeko 28-2, 22KO’s and
Golden Boy’s Abner Mares 21-0-1, 13KO’s. Abgeko was
eventually scratched from the card after it was
discovered that he was suffering from a condition called
Sciatica days before he was to defend his title against
Mares. The latter sent tremors throughout the boxing
community. Consequently, the boxing media scrambled to
find out if the entire card was going to be canceled.
Golden Boy Promotions made fruitless attempts to find a
last minute replacement for Abner Mares. The event was
eventually cleared and in the process the Showtime
Bantamweight Tournament consolidation fight became the
cards main event. Both fighters were relieved knowing
that they would have the opportunity to act upon their
statements; albeit, only one fighter walked the talk.
It was Vic Darchinyan!
He began the fight the obvious stronger fighter. The
Armenian was able to connect on several awkward left
hooks that got a rise out of the pro-Armenian crowd.
Darchinyan’s aggression forced Yonnhy Perez to fight
against the ropes on several occasion throughout the
fight. It was vividly clear that Yonnhy Perez was not in
the fight. He was flat and unbalanced in his attack. Vic
took advantage of the latter in the second round.
Darchinyan was able to land a short left hook as Perez
was retreating followed by a push that knocked the
former IBF champ to the ground. Referee Jerry Cantu
scored the push a knockdown. From there on it was all
Yonnhy Perez at times looked like he was going to be
able to handle Vic’s aggression; however, Darchinyan
would always stifle his attacks. This was vivid in round
number three. Yonnhy came out the box animated and more
active than he had been in the first two rounds but he
had nothing to match Vic’s aggression. Surprisingly,
Perez’s supporters were able to drown the cheers of the
Armenian fans as they tried to encourage their fighter.
They soon would quiet every time Vic hit Perez with one
of his many awkward punches or when Vic peppered Perez
with blow after blow as he lay against the ropes. Such
was the case in round number four were an over hand left
hook landed and hushed Perez’s supporters. Vic later
landed a looping left hook in the same round that
electrified his own fans. The fight was stopped 1:07
into round number five after an incidental head bunt
caused a nasty cut above the former champ’s right eye.
Per California boxing commission, the fight has to go to
the score cards if it is stopped after the fourth round
due to an incidental head bunt. All three judges scored
the bout 50-44 in favor of Vic Darchinyan.
strong, quick, and confident against Perez. He had
previously stated that he would revert back to his old
fighting style against the former champ. He did just
that and it proved to be very effective against an
opponent who has beaten Joseph Agbeko and pulled out a
competitive draw against Abner Mares; the two fighters
that have handed him his last two defeats.
“It’s good to be back with my brawling style” said
Darchinyan in his post fight interview. “He hit me with
some big punches but I didn’t feel them.”
He went on to comment about the stoppage and signaled
that Perez had quit and didn’t want to fight him after
the head bunt. Those comments did not amuse some at
ringside, especially Dr. Wallace who was the ringside
physician and came to Perez’s defense.
“Perez suffered an arterial bleed (caused by the
incidental head bunt),” said Dr. Paul Wallace. “One of
his blood vessels had been cut and was pumping blood
into his eye. It (stoppage) was a safety issue. He (Yonnhy
Perez) gave no indication that he wanted to quit.”
Who knows what effect
tonight’s outcome has on the careers of both pugilist
moving forward. Vic Darchinyan wants to fight a rematch
with Abner Mares. It the Mares fight doesn’t come to
fruition, he would like to challenge the WBC and WBO
Bantamweight Champ Nonito Donaire. There is also a
possibility that he may fight at a different weight
class if none of the desired fights are made. As for
Yonnhy Perez, I’m afraid this is the last fight of his
Vardan Gasparyan Stops Titsworth
In other action, Vardan
Gasparyan 13-2-5, 7KO’s stopped Trenton Titsworth
3-12-1, 2KO’s in the fifth round of a scheduled six
round Junior Middleweight bout. It had to be the most
unattractive fight of the night. The culprit was Trenton
Titsworth who refused to engage with his much shorter
opponent. Unable to stop Vardan’s attack, Titsworth
resorted to holding. He was deducted one point in the
third for holding. He subsequently went on to force his
taller frame against Vardan, but wouldn’t fight. It was
ridiculous. He remained inactive while Vardan was
attacking him with left hooks and effective body blows.
The ref was forced to stop the bout 2:31 into round
number five due to Titsworth’s inactivity.
Juan Reyes Earns First Professional Victory
Hovenensian 0-1 made his professional debut tonight
stepping into the ring against Riverside’s Juan Reyes
1-1 who was also looking for his first professional
victory. It was a scheduled four round Junior
The first round was hard to call as both fighters
initiated the fight moving forward and exchanging blows.
It quickly became a fight between the more skilled
fighter in Azat and the fighter with the biggest heart
in Reyes. Heart proved to be victorious in round three
as Reyes connected on a multitude of combos that
included right and left hooks which were followed by
straight rights that had Hovenensian out on his feet for
most of the third round. Azat was able to turn things
around in the fourth and final round but was unable to
seriously hurt Reyes who continued to force the fight.
Reyes earned his first professional victory by unanimous
decision. All three judges scored the bout in his favor.
One judge ringside had a final tally of 38-37, while the
other two judges ringside scored the bout 40-36.
Omar Figueroa Stops Figueroa in Two
Journeyman John Figueroa
has in the past been matched against rising prospects
such as Philadelphian Danny Garcia and Santa Ana’s Luis
Ramos Jr. He went on to lose those fights and tonight
was no different.
Texan Omar “Panterita” Figueroa 11-0-1, 9KO’s earned a
second round TKO against Puerto Rico’s John Figueroa
7-10-3, 3KO’s. Omar began the bout with a calculated
body attack that hurt the journeyman in round number
one. He continued to apply pressure and attack the body.
The Texan landed a nice right uppercut and followed with
a straight right to score the first knock down in round
number two. He then followed up with a flurry of left
hooks and straight rights forcing ref Jack Reeves to
stop the bout at the 2:05 mark of round number two.
Art Hovhannisyan Wins
Hovhannisyan 13-0-1, 6KO’s stopped Richmond’s Jose
Alfredo Lugo in the fifth round of the scheduled six
round Junior Welterweight fight. Hovhannisyan came out
the box establishing his dominance. The overmatched Jose
Alfredo Lugo simply did not know what to do against his
opponent’s assault. The Glendale native was too quick
and too skilled for the Lugo.
Hovhannisyan was able to land a swift left hook that
created a cut above the right eye of Lugo in round
number two with the Armenian crowd supporting his every
It was all downhill after the cut for Jose Alfredo Lugo.
He attempted to make the fight a scrap but Art
Hovhannisyan was having none of that. The Glendale
native was able to end the fight with a left hook
followed by a push with 1:03 remaining in round number
Miguel Diaz Remains Unbeaten
Miguel Diaz 5-0, 3KO’s
earns a hard fought unanimous decision against Alejandro
Solorio 4-4, 3KO’s. Like many Mexican fighters before
him Solorio quickly established his left hook to the
body. He was able to hurt Diaz with one, winning the
opening round after landing more blows to the body.
The undefeated Diaz was able to survive his opponent’s
onslaught in the first by out slugging him throughout
the remainder of the fight. He landed a right hook that
seemed to wobble Solorio in the middle of round two.
The fight continued with Diaz and Solorio engaging in
one of the more entertaining bouts of the night. In the
mist of the action, Solorio became a little reckless and
was caught with a right hook that floored him in the end
of round number three. He was unable to recover from the
knockdown. The undefeated Diaz went on to control the
fourth and final round. All three judges ringside scored
the bout 39-36 in favor of Miguel Diaz.
DaVarryl Williamson Wins in Seven
In the opening fight of
the night, DaVarryl Williamson 27-6, 23KO’s TKO’d
Michael Marrone 19-3, 14KO’s in the seventh round of a
scheduled 10 round Heavyweight Scrap. The fight began
very competitively with both fighters connecting with
hard blows. Williamson went on to assert his jab which
allowed him to set up his straight right. He knew that
Marrone was coming in reckless and unleashed his right
hook every time that Marrone would attempt to move
forward. Willamson went on to connect on a crisp left
jab followed by a strong left hook. That one-two
combination floored Marrone as round number two was
coming to an end.
Marrone made an attempt to witch up his style by boxing
more. He moved around the ring using his stick. Round
number three saw Michael Marrone land a looping left
hook that sent Williamson reeling against the ropes.
Both fighters remained highly active heading into the
sixth round which saw Williamson connect on several
right uppercuts. The fight was eventually stopped in the
seventh round after the damage that Marrane endured from
a flush right hook to the temple. He was not able to
fully recover. Williamson continued to press the action
forcing the ref to stop the bout 2.30 into round number