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    Donaire, Darchinyan meet again as old protagonists renew rivalry

    Nov 9, 2013
    Nonito Donaire during Friday's official weigh-in for his rematch against Vic Darchinyan. Chris Farina/Top Rank

    A repeat for Nonito Donaire Jr., or a revenge for Vic Darchinyan?

    Six years after their first meeting, Donaire and Darchinyan meet inside the ring again as part of the main undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Roman `Rocky’ Martinez for the junior lightweight title on Sunday (Manila time) in Corpus Christi, Texas.

    The 30-year-old Donaire knocked out Darchinya in the fifth round of their 2007 title fight for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight with a solid left hook to the jaw. It was the first pro career defeat for the cocky Armenian.

    “It was the only knockdown in my life – amateur or professional,” Darchinyan recalled. “Never been knocked down.”

    Now 37, Darchinyan gets a chance to redeem himself against his long-time nemesis when the two clashes again at the American Bank Center.

    “I want to say to everyone I have been waiting six years. It was my mistake and I have good skills and I have power and I will not make the mistake again,” said Darchinyan, owner of 39-5-1 record, with 28 KOs.

    The fight is set for 10 rounds as both fighters will be fighting in the featherweight class for the first time.

    Donaire and Darchinyan both weighed-in at 125 lbs during the official weigh-in held Friday.

    But the Filipino warrior, a two-time world champion who sports a record of 21-2 (20 KOs), is coming off the first loss of his career in the last 12 years after he was dethroned as world super-bantamweight champion by Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux last April via unanimous decision.

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    Darchinyan said the loss to Rigondeaux obviously showed Donaire is mortal.

    “I think he was exposed in his loss to Rigondeaux,” said the Armenian. “I know personally he is a good guy, but about skills and power, he should not be pound-for-pound.”

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    Nonito Donaire during Friday's official weigh-in for his rematch against Vic Darchinyan. Chris Farina/Top Rank
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