Dominates Perez In One-
Sided Slugfest, Wins Fifth-Round
Photos: Tom Casino - SHOWTIME
In one of the most powerful performances of his career,
two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan
dominated former International Boxing Federation (IBF)
bantamweight titlist Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez en route
to winning a fifth-round technical decision and the vacant
International Boxing Organization (IBO) 118-pound title
Saturday on SHOWTIME® .
The diminutive Darchinyan was in total command from the
outset of a scheduled 12-round bout at Nokia Theatre L.A.
LIVE, scored a knockdown in the second and was ahead 50-44
on the three scorecards when the one-sided slugfest was
halted due to an accidental headbutt at 1:44 of the round.
Southpaw Darchinyan, of Sydney, Australia, by way of
Armenia, improved to 36-3-1 with 27 knockouts while
Colombia’s Perez, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., fell to
20-2-1 with 14 KOs after losing his second consecutive
By winning a fight elevated to main event status after a
bout between IBF champion Joseph Agbeko and undefeated Abner
Mares was postponed after Agbeko withdrew after suffering
what doctors diagnosed as likely the sudden onset of
sciatica earlier in the week, Darchyinan sets himself up for
possible rematches with both Agbeko and Mares, both of whom
he lost decisions to.
It also likely means another possible appearance on SHOWTIME
for the crowd-pleasing Darchinyan, who made his 13th
appearance on the network Saturday night. He is No. 3 on the
all-time list for network appearances behind Julio Cesar
Chavez (17) and Evander Holyfield.
“He took big punches,’’ Darchinyan said afterward. “I wanted
to knock him out, but he is still a great fighter. It was a
headbutt. But if it wasn't a headbutt, I'd knock him out. No
more boxing in my style.
“Today I'd fight anyone in the division. I'd like to fight
Abner Mares if he'd fight me. If not, I'll fight Nonito
Donaire. If they won't fight me, I'll move up to another
Darchinyan was under the impression that Perez did not want
to continue after a headbutt opened a cut on his brow close
to the right eye. But although blood spurted immediately,
ringside physician, Dr. Paul Wallace, said it was not the
"Perez suffered from an arterial bleed,’’ Wallace explained.
“One of his blood vessels had been cut and it was pumping
directly into his eye. He gave no indication he wanted to
Perez offered no excuses after suffering his second
“I know it appeared differently from the outside but I was
just getting warmed up,’’ he said. “At the beginning, I felt
that Darchinyan was not as heated up as I expected him to
be. I felt I was making headway in the later rounds.
“(But) I am disappointed that the fight ended this way. My
head feels fine. I would have continued had the referee not
called the fight. The knock down was legitimate -- he caught
"Now I will head back to Colombia, relax and regroup and
then decide the next move in my career.”
A fight promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, Don King
Productions, Thompson Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions, will
re-air this week as follows:
Tuesday, April 26, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT SHO EXTREME
Saturday’s fight will be available ON DEMAND beginning on
Tuesday, April 26.