|Darchinyan Destroy Mijares in Nine
By Anthony Cocks, DoghouseBoxing.com (Nov 2, 2008) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
In a masterful display of power boxing, reigning IBF super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan, 30-1-1 (24), added the WBC and WBA hardware to his trophy case with a one-sided demolition of classy Mexican Cristian Mijares, 36-3-2 (14), in nine rounds.
The heavy-handed Armenian-born Australian started the fight fast, dropping Mijares midway through the first round of the contest with a well timed left uppercut from the southpaw stance.
Despite giving up height and reach it Darchinyan who was able to close the distance and land solid shots with both hands throughout the bout, winning the first three rounds in a canter.
Mijares rallied in the fourth, but Darchinyan was able to regain control in fifth and maintained the momentum through to the seventh as Mijares struggled to keep the forward charging hardman off his chest.
At the urging of his cornermen Mijares fought a better round in the eighth, but a clubbing left to the temple from Darchinyan slowed down the dual titlist midway through the ninth before another left in the closing seconds put Mijares down and out for the count.
Official time was 3:00 on the round.
With the win Darchinyan must now be considered not only the top dog in the 115 pound division, but also a pound-for-pound player after comprehensively out-boxing and out-punching one of the most smooth operators in the game.
The victory also sees Darchinyan become the first ever undisputed champion at super flyweight.
On the undercard super middleweight Andre Dirrell, 17-0 (12), showed his class in a one-sided beatdown of once beaten KO artist Victor Oganov, 28-2 (28). Dirrell took the fight to Oganov from the opening gong, hammering the squat Australian-based Russian with punches from either hand.
By the fourth round Dirrell had opened up a nasty cut above Oganov’s right eyelid and continued the punishment through to the sixth when referee Ray Corona stopped the bout at 0:28.
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