DARCHINYAN TO MAKE TOP RANK DEBUT ON SOLO BOXEO
Press Release: Two-division champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan will make his Top Rank and 2013 debutagainst Mexico's Francisco Javier Gallo (18-6-1) in a ten-round super bantamweight rumble, on Saturday, May 11th, under the stars at the Uni-Trade Stadium in Laredo, TX. This marks the inaugural boxing event at Uni-Trade Stadium. Darchinyan vs. Gallo will be televised live on UniMás, as the main event of Solo Boxeo, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET. The telecast will also feature two-time Méxican Olympian Oscar Valdez in a six-round featherweight battle.
“Vic brings an all-action style of fighting to a very exciting boxing division,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “I am looking forward to watching Vic bring it on May 11.”
Darchinyan (38-5-1, 27 KOs), a native of Armenia, who fights out of Sydney, Australia, was a member of Armenia’s 2000 Olympic boxing team. He won his first world title in his 22nd professional bout, knocking out undefeated IBF flyweight champion Irene Pacheco in the 11th round of their 2004 battle, ending Pacheco’s five-year reign. During his own three-year tenure as champion, Darchinyan successfully defended his tile six times – all by stoppage – against the division’s top contenders. After losing the title to Nonito Donaire, in 2007, Darchinyan moved up in weight and claimed the IBF junior bantamweight crown, knocking out Dimitri Kirilov in the fifth round. He unified the 115 pound world titles in his next fight, knocking out WBC/WBA champion Cristian Mijares in the ninth round. He successfully defended his titles three times during his two-year reign as unified super flyweight champion, including an eleventhth-round stoppage of Méxican icon Jorge Arce.
Darchinyan vacated his titles in mid-2010 to campaign as a bantamweight, defeating ex-IBF bantamweight titlist Yonnhy Perez, Evans Mbamba and Eric Barcelona, while losing decisions to world champions Abner Mares, Joseph Agbeko and Shinsuke Yamanaka. In his last fight, which took place last September, Darchinyan made his debut as a super bantamweight by shellacking previously undefeated Luis Del Valle.
Gallo (18-6-1, 10 KOs), of Tijuana, México, is a stocky brawler with an aggressive style, At the age of 29, Gallo is an eight-year pro. At his best, he pressures his opponents and wears them down. Over one half of his victories have come by way of knockout.
Valdez (3-0, 3 KOs), of Nogales, México, represented México in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. In last year’s London Games, fighting as bantamweight, he advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual Silver Medalist John Joe Nevin of Ireland, despite Nevin taking a standing 8-count in the final round from a body shot. Trained by his father, Óscar Sr., Valdez returns to the ring fresh from a fourth-round TKO victory over Carlos Gonzalez on March 16th. Darchinyan and Valdez are managed by Frank Espinoza.
Remaining tickets can be purchased at Uni-Trade Stadium box office only. Vouchers for free general admission tickets are available at all participating Laredo-area Whataburger Restaurants, while supplies last.