MANILA, Philippines – Armenian boxer Vic Darchinyan believes Nonito Donaire’s loss to Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux last April exposed some flaws in the game of “The Filipino Flash.”
Donaire was fresh off being awarded the “Fighter of the Year” plum when he faced off against the slick, counter-punching Cuban, and lost via a wide points decision.
Ahead of their highly anticipated rematch, Darchinyan said the loss “exposed” Donaire’s shortcomings.
“I think he was exposed in his loss to Rigondeaux. He had a good year and was voted Fighter of the Year, but inside me I know – personally, he is a good guy – but about skills and power, he should not be pound-for-pound,” said Darchinyan, as quoted by PhilBoxing.
“Rigondeaux showed his skills and exposed him,” he added. “He showed Nonito he can work him out from angles, punch him, and I want to do the same.”
Although Darchinyan might take a page from Rigondeaux’s playbook, he still wants to beat Donaire on his own terms.
“In my mind, I want to break him on a punch, and of course, knock him out,” said Darchinyan. “I want the whole world to see the fight. It’s my style, and my style is my style.”
Knocking out Donaire would be the perfect revenge for Darchinyan, who was stopped by “The Filipino Flash” in the fifth round when they fought for the first time in 2007.
It was the first time that Darchinyan had ever tasted the canvas, and he insists that he is a smarter fighter now.
“I had no experience in my career at all of being on the floor. I think now I am a different fighter – a smarter fighter,” he said. “I have to be patient, and I have to take my time.”
“Boxing is sometimes a chess game. Get your opponent to play your game, and then do your stuff. I think I am going to show all the world and show all my skills,” he added.