Boxing: Armenian “Raging Bull” heading for southpaw match-up with Mexico’s “Worm”

WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan is taking no chances with his title defense coming this weekend in California.

The Armenian ‘Raging Bull’ (32-2-1, 26 KOs) will risk his 115-pound belts against interim-champ Tomas ,‘Worm’, Rojas (31-11-1, 22 KOs) of Mexico at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage in California December 12.

Several online boxing news publications report that recently Darchinyan, 33, went through some tough sparring in Las Vegas with former junior welterweight/welterweight champion Zab Judah and said it was “similiar to Rojas in the sense that both of them are southpaws and stand around the same height.”

“It was good sparring, I hit him with a couple of good shots and he felt it,” said Darchinyan, according to Boxingscene.com. “He is about 15kgs heavier than me but he felt my punches. I’ve nearly made the weight and I’m feeling great. In the past I have fought tall southpaws, such as Irene Pacheco.”

Darchinyan comes off an unsuccessful attempt to topple IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko and will fight Rojas, 29, who registered a victory by unanimous decision the last time he was in the ring against undefeated prospect Evan Mbamba.

While Rojas hasn’t lost a fight in more than two years, having gone 6-0-1 in the meantime, boxing analysts still call Darchinyan the clear favorite in the upcoming match-up of leftys, not least due to his deadly left hook.

Rojas has a three-inch height advantage and a three-inch reach advantage, but is unlikely to use these consistently, while Darchinyan has “a deadly left hook that has put numerous fighters to sleep and made others quit standing up”, writes Pro-Boxingfans.com in its Preview & Predictions column.

It says that when the fight gets moving, Rojas is likely to “tend to tuck his chin, forget his game plan and swing for the fences while leaving his chin wide open for an Armenian left hook.”