Boxer Vic Darchinyan (pictured above, at right) speaks to EsNewsReporting during a press conference. In the interview he talks about how he would beat several fighters. “I would knock him out , kick his head off,” Darchinyan said about one fighter.
On April 23, southpaw former IBO and WBC silver as well as former IBF flyweight (112 pounds) and WBC, WBA and IBF super flyweight (115 pounds) belt-holder Darchiyan (35-3-1, 27 knockouts) meets Colombian-born promotional stablemate and former IBF titlist Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) . The fight will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles as Showtime’s four-man, bantamweight (118 pounds) tournament continues.
In another match up, unbeaten, 25-year-old, Mexican-born, IBO and WBC silver belt king Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Montebello, Calif., has a unification bout against Africa’s two-time IBF champion Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs).
The opening semifinal contests of the tournament took place on Dec. 11, during which Mares won a clash over the 35-year-old Darchinyan that featured a knockdown by each fighter. Mares was coming off May’s disputed majority draw with the 31-year-old Perez.
Perez lost the other Dec. 11 semifinal — and a rematch in the second defense of his crown — against the 30-year-old Agbeko — the man Perez won the belt from by unanimous decision on Halloween of 2009.
Just three months earlier in July of 2009, Agbeko had earned a unanimous decision over Darchinyan for the same IBF crown
Don King, Gary Shaw and Golden Boy Promotions are responsible for the Mares, Agbeko, Darchinyan and Perez tournament.