Reigning IBF/IBO flyweight world boxing champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan has his knockout targets set on WBC Interim flyweight champion Jorge Arce. 26 year-old Arce defends his title against Rosendo Alvarez on the Floyd Mayweather-Zab Judah card on April 8 in Las Vegas. Should he be successful, Darchinyan wants Arce in the ring next. “This would be the biggest fight in the flyweight division,” said Darchinyan. “Arce is very popular in Mexico and the USA. He has a big name, but when I beat him, people will see that I am the best flyweight in the world. I met him face to face this year and told him I wanted the fight. If he beats Alvarez, lets give the fans an explosive battle and face each other in the ring!”
30 year-old Darchinyan, the Armenia born Australian citizen southpaw, has an undefeated record of 25 wins, 0 losses and 20 knockouts. In his last fight on March 3 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California in the USA, Darchinyan knocked out IBF mandatory challenger Diosdado Gabi from the Philippines in round 8. “Gabi was very tough and very strong,” said Darchinyan. “I think he would give Arce a very tough fight.” The impressive knockout win over Gabi was televised by American network SHOWTIME across the USA as the main event of their “SHOBOX: The New Generation” series to an audience in the multi-millions. Darchinyan, who is promoted by Gary Shaw, first won the IBF flyweight world title in December 2004 against long reigning world champion Irene Pacheco.
“Pacheco was a very good puncher, more experienced,” recalled Darchinyan. “But I can rate Diosdado Gabi very close to him. I think Gabi is one of the top five flyweights in the world. I think he would definitely be better than the WBC champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. I have never fought him, but I have watched him at ringside in Bangkok. I would knock out Wonjongkam, no problem at all. I hope Gabi gets a chance to fight for the WBA or WBO titles. He will do very well.”