Monday, February 22, 2010

For Darchinyan, Donaire Fight Is An Imperative

No matter who Vic Darchinyan fights, as long as his loss to Nonito Donaire remains unavenged and the guy is out there winning, the Raging Bull will definitely have a hard time emerging from the shadow of that knockout. And if he wants to take another crack at Donaire, he better put a great show against top contender Rodrigo Guerrero (13-1-1, 9 KOs).

Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 KOs), who is slated to defend his WBA/WBC super flyweight belts, admits that he has this burning desire to face Donaire once again. But time may be a bit short on him as Donaire is increasingly becoming a more bankable fighter than he is.

Make no mistake, Donaire has several doors of opportunities opening for him. Lucrative fights are looming over the horizon for the Filipino Flash. Bouts with Yuriorkis Gamboa and Juan Manuel Lopez loom for Donaire should he decide to come up in weight. Victories over either one will elevate Donaire to a whole new level of boxing super stardom.

Guerrero is no pushover though. He is looking to extend his 11-win streak, with his last bout ending in a third round knockout against Rey Lopez last December. The brash Darchinyan is coming off from a lost in his bid to capture a title in the bantamweight division against Joseph Agbeko. In terms of confidence, the Mexican is definitely filled to the brim.

But it is hard to discount Darchinyan though, with his last two wins are over Mexican warriors Cristian Mijares and Jorge Arce. He is definitely a force in the super flyweight division and a win over Guerrero will set a stage for a Donaire-Darchinyan rematch.

And truth be told, Darchinyan needs this fight with Donaire and he needs to set it up now. But for the moment, he has to deal with Guerrero first and dominate. And should Darchinyan win, pray that his promotional outfit would finally work with the Donaire camp for the much-awaited second meeting between the two.

Otherwise, the Filipino Flash will inevitably move on and seek higher purses and higher competition and leave the Australian in a legacy limbo.

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