Prizefighter’s rage: ‘Raging Bull’ stays bullish after another pro boxing title defense

A veteran Armenian boxing champ said he was going to raise the stakes by moving to a higher division or seek a rematch with a longtime Filipino foe after he defended his WBC/WBA super flyweight belts against a Mexican challenger Saturday night.

Vic Darchinyan (34-2-1. 27 KOs) looked solid against his younger challenger from Mexico Rodrigo Guerrero (13-2-1, 9 KO) throughout the 12-round bout at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, especially towards the end when the southpaw gave the 22-year-old “Gatito” a series of slashing lefts and uppercuts leading to a commanding unanimous decision.

The 34-year-old “Raging Bull” from Sydney, Australia, by way of Vanadzor, Armenia, thus staged his third successful defense since he unified the title in 2008.

After the fight, Darchinyan gave credit to his young opponent who was a rare survivor in a Darchinyan match-up as the Armenian is known for his attitude to end his fights with knockouts. This was only the second 12-rounder in the 14 title fights in Darchinyan’s professional boxing career.

“This kid took big punches,” Darchinyan reportedly said after the fight. “I respect him. He’s a good kid. He took big punches and he went twelve rounds. I thought I was gonna’ finish him, but I just couldn’t.”

The veteran prizefighter appears to have saved his knockouts for a re-match that he has sought since a shocking defeat at the hands of challenger Nonito Donaire in 2007. Darchinyan suffered his first professional loss in that fight and believes that the Filipino was simply lucky to have gotten a slim chance of a finishing left hook and to have landed it.

The Vanadzor man staged more fights to win back his titles and take more as he toppled three world champions -- Dmitry Kirilov, Cristian Mijares and Jorge Arce – with impressive knockouts one by one. Darchinyan then unsuccessfully attempted a move to bantamweight (118-pound division) before returning to 115 pounds and defending his titles against another Mexican challenger Tomas Rojas last December.

Before his latest fight Darchinyan again voiced his strong intention to seek a Donaire rematch. He’s been trying hard to get another chance to prove his point, but Donaire hasn’t yet answered the Darchinyan challenge. “He never wanted to fight me anymore…. He knows what’s gonna’ happen to him. I made him who he is now, and when I fight him, I’m gonna’ break him – he’s gonna’ be nothing,” said Darchinyan in one of his recent media interviews.

Darchinyan warned after his March 6 title defense that it was the last chance for Donaire to respond.

“I know I am very powerful. I want to move up, beat the champions. Also, if I’m not gonna’ fight Donaire, I’d love this kid (Guerrero) to fight Donaire. (Donaire) would see what hell (Guerrero) would give him. I don’t think he’s gonna’ fight me. He’s scared. He don’t wanna’,” said the Armenian pugilist, as reported by several boxing news media.

Darchinyan once made an unsuccessful attempt at bantamweight as he fell short in a decision against then-IBF 118 lb. titlist Joseph Agbeko in July last year.