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March 5, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Vic Darchinyan has an immediate task at hand with Saturday night's world super-flyweight title defense against Mexico's Rodrigo Guerrero at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 knockouts) is already thinking about the fight he most wants: a rematch against Nonito Donaire. "He had luck the first time, and he knows it," Darchinyan said of Donaire. "He doesn't want to fight me. I've heard Showtime has offered him three times the money he'd get from anyone else, and that he won't take it. That says he doesn't want the fight."
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December 2, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Abner Mares will be fighting to win respect as well as defend his International Boxing Federation belt when he meets Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko in a bantamweight title bout Saturday at Honda Center. The two met in Las Vegas on Aug. 13 in a fight that ended in controversy with the unbeaten Mares taking Agbeko's crown in a bout so poorly officiated that the IBF ordered an immediate rematch. In that fight, Mares (22-0-1, 13 knockouts) was warned repeatedly about hitting Agbeko below the belt.
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February 8, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Vic Darchinyan, a boxer who threw as many insults before the fight as he did lethal punches during it Saturday night, saved the final insult for last. After months of calling his super-flyweight opponent slow and dumb and a fraud, as well as sparring with a female and declaring her a better puncher, Darchinyan completed things by beating up the guy. The mouth that roared finished popular Mexican Jorge Arce, much like he said he would, in their 115-pound boxing title match at the Honda Center.
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April 21, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Abner Mares has built a boxing career on overcoming adversity. He survived a family migration from Mexico to L.A. led by his mother, withstood a childhood in poverty and then rebounded from a career-threatening detached retina in 2008. So when Mares' scheduled Saturday night opponent, Joseph Agbeko, withdrew from the world bantamweight title unification bout at Nokia Theatre, Mares knew what to do: look for the silver lining. "This is the worst, all the training and hard work put on hold," Hawaiian Gardens' Mares said Thursday at the L.A. Live news conference intended to hype the bout.
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February 13, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Into the Damon Runyon sport of boxing, where personality often trumps punching power, comes a fresh face. His name is Nonito Donaire, and he is a live wire. He dispenses no one-word grunts, no cliche answers. He loves to talk as much as he loves to hit. He will defend his WBA interim super-flyweight title, whatever that is, in a 12-rounder Saturday night at the Hilton against Manuel "El Chango" Vargas from Mexico. Vargas wasn't the original warm body scheduled to go. That was Gerson Guerrero, also of Mexico, who actually had a world ranking in one of the alphabet-soup sanctioning bodies that have succeeded in making boxing so confusing to fans that they have been driven, kicking and screaming, to handball or curling.
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October 31, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Pugmire is a Times staff writer.
Under the same spotlights and on the same canvas that he'll perform Saturday night, Vic Darchinyan last year nearly beat a man to death. Darchinyan, constantly flinging a punishing left hand that his promoter calls a "whipping hammer," knocked down Mexico's Victor Burgos once in the second round of their March 2007 flyweight title fight at the Home Depot Center in Carson. He pummeled Burgos so badly in the 12th that the referee stopped the fight and Burgos slumped trying to rest on a stool.
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November 2, 2008 | Bill Dwyre, Dwyre is a Times staff writer.
It's hard to be a raging bull when you weigh only 115 pounds, but Vic Darchinyan lived up to the nickname Saturday night. A 32-year-old Armenian boxer who lives in Australia, Darchinyan took a 30-1-1 record into a fight at the Home Depot Center in Carson that he was supposed to lose to Mexico's Cristian Mijares (36-3-2). On most cards, Darchinyan didn't even lose a round.
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December 2, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Abner Mares will be fighting to win respect as well as defend his International Boxing Federation belt when he meets Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko in a bantamweight title bout Saturday at Honda Center. The two met in Las Vegas on Aug. 13 in a fight that ended in controversy with the unbeaten Mares taking Agbeko's crown in a bout so poorly officiated that the IBF ordered an immediate rematch. In that fight, Mares (22-0-1, 13 knockouts) was warned repeatedly about hitting Agbeko below the belt.
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March 6, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Boxer Victor Burgos and his trainer-manager Roberto Sandoval have been like family. For Burgos, whose parents died before he turned 11, Sandoval has become like a big brother in their decade-long relationship, stepping in as the godfather of one of the boxer's children. Considering that bond, Sandoval would never knowingly risk Burgos' life, says a member of the fighter's promotion team.
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April 21, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Abner Mares has built a boxing career on overcoming adversity. He survived a family migration from Mexico to L.A. led by his mother, withstood a childhood in poverty and then rebounded from a career-threatening detached retina in 2008. So when Mares' scheduled Saturday night opponent, Joseph Agbeko, withdrew from the world bantamweight title unification bout at Nokia Theatre, Mares knew what to do: look for the silver lining. "This is the worst, all the training and hard work put on hold," Hawaiian Gardens' Mares said Thursday at the L.A. Live news conference intended to hype the bout.
SPORTS
March 5, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Vic Darchinyan has an immediate task at hand with Saturday night's world super-flyweight title defense against Mexico's Rodrigo Guerrero at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 knockouts) is already thinking about the fight he most wants: a rematch against Nonito Donaire. "He had luck the first time, and he knows it," Darchinyan said of Donaire. "He doesn't want to fight me. I've heard Showtime has offered him three times the money he'd get from anyone else, and that he won't take it. That says he doesn't want the fight."
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February 13, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Into the Damon Runyon sport of boxing, where personality often trumps punching power, comes a fresh face. His name is Nonito Donaire, and he is a live wire. He dispenses no one-word grunts, no cliche answers. He loves to talk as much as he loves to hit. He will defend his WBA interim super-flyweight title, whatever that is, in a 12-rounder Saturday night at the Hilton against Manuel "El Chango" Vargas from Mexico. Vargas wasn't the original warm body scheduled to go. That was Gerson Guerrero, also of Mexico, who actually had a world ranking in one of the alphabet-soup sanctioning bodies that have succeeded in making boxing so confusing to fans that they have been driven, kicking and screaming, to handball or curling.
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February 8, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Vic Darchinyan, a boxer who threw as many insults before the fight as he did lethal punches during it Saturday night, saved the final insult for last. After months of calling his super-flyweight opponent slow and dumb and a fraud, as well as sparring with a female and declaring her a better puncher, Darchinyan completed things by beating up the guy. The mouth that roared finished popular Mexican Jorge Arce, much like he said he would, in their 115-pound boxing title match at the Honda Center.
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February 7, 2009 | Bill Dwyre
Two boxers who really don't like each other -- as opposed to two who fake it while trying to promote a fight -- make up the main event of a Showtime card tonight at the Honda Center in Anaheim. They are Vic Darchinyan and Jorge Arce, who will fight for Darchinyan's three titles at the super flyweight designation of 115 pounds. Darchinyan, from Australia but originally from Armenia, holds the International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Assn. and World Boxing Council belts.
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November 2, 2008 | Bill Dwyre, Dwyre is a Times staff writer.
It's hard to be a raging bull when you weigh only 115 pounds, but Vic Darchinyan lived up to the nickname Saturday night. A 32-year-old Armenian boxer who lives in Australia, Darchinyan took a 30-1-1 record into a fight at the Home Depot Center in Carson that he was supposed to lose to Mexico's Cristian Mijares (36-3-2). On most cards, Darchinyan didn't even lose a round.
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October 31, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Pugmire is a Times staff writer.
Under the same spotlights and on the same canvas that he'll perform Saturday night, Vic Darchinyan last year nearly beat a man to death. Darchinyan, constantly flinging a punishing left hand that his promoter calls a "whipping hammer," knocked down Mexico's Victor Burgos once in the second round of their March 2007 flyweight title fight at the Home Depot Center in Carson. He pummeled Burgos so badly in the 12th that the referee stopped the fight and Burgos slumped trying to rest on a stool.
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February 7, 2009 | Bill Dwyre
Two boxers who really don't like each other -- as opposed to two who fake it while trying to promote a fight -- make up the main event of a Showtime card tonight at the Honda Center in Anaheim. They are Vic Darchinyan and Jorge Arce, who will fight for Darchinyan's three titles at the super flyweight designation of 115 pounds. Darchinyan, from Australia but originally from Armenia, holds the International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Assn. and World Boxing Council belts.
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March 3, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Tonight's super-bantamweight title fight between champion Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez has the boxing crowd jumping. There's a prediction that the bout at Home Depot Center has all the makings of the fight of the year. The boxers' credentials prompted promoter Gary Shaw to project this Vazquez-Marquez meeting as chapter one of a trilogy. "We don't need to light off too many fireworks to bring the people of L.A. to this fight," said Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain, Marquez's trainer.
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March 6, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Boxer Victor Burgos and his trainer-manager Roberto Sandoval have been like family. For Burgos, whose parents died before he turned 11, Sandoval has become like a big brother in their decade-long relationship, stepping in as the godfather of one of the boxer's children. Considering that bond, Sandoval would never knowingly risk Burgos' life, says a member of the fighter's promotion team.
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