Boxing: Cocky attitude a threat to title

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney, Australia)
August 29, 2004 Sunday

Cocky attitude a threat to title

by Grantlee Kieza

THE supreme confidence of Australian boxer Vic Darchinyan is his only
danger going into the IBF world flyweight title fight in Florida on

That’s the opinion of the powerful southpaw’s trainer Jeff Fenech,
who won three world titles himself and sees a similar future for the
2000 Olympian.

Darchinyan, 28, fights undefeated Colombian world champion Irene
Pacheco, 33, at the Seminole Casino in Hollywood, Florida, on
Saturday afternoon (AEST) and has been training for two weeks in Los
Angeles with Fenech and world super-middleweight champ Danny Green.

Born in Armenia, he has lived in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics and
is undefeated in 21 fights with 16 knockouts.

“Vic has been sparring some great fighters in LA,” Fenech said.

“He has gone in with Orlando Salido, who fights for the world
featherweight title in a couple of weeks, and he has boxed with IBF
super-bantamweight champ Israel Vasquez and the Hawaiian Olympian
Brian Viloria.

“He looks tremendous in sparring but my only fear is that he’s going
to be too confident against Pacheco and try to take his head off in
the first round.

“I’ve told Vic that he has to give Pacheco the utmost respect as a
great champion who has never lost and has held the title for five

“Our tactics will be to put pressure on Pacheco from round one and
just wear him down constantly with body shots.”