Boxing: Darchinyan IBF title defence in Sydney

Jan 27 2005

Darchinyan IBF title defence in Sydney

by Paul Upham: IBF flyweight champion “Raging Bull” Vic Darchinyan
looks set to make the first defence of his world title at Homebush in
Sydney on March 26. The Australian based Armenian won the title on
December 16 from long-reigning champion Irene Pacheco.

29 year-old Darchinyan’s trainer/manager Jeff Fenech has become
frustrated by promoter Warriors Boxing inability to confirm a fight
in the USA. The American company promoted the Darchinyan-Pacheco
fight and had suggested a fight for the new champion with USA
Olympian Brian Viloria in March.

“I have rang them fifty times and they have not returned my call
once,” said Fenech. “My phone is always on and no one else has the
same trouble reaching me. We are not waiting any longer and Vic will
defend his title against someone in the IBF top fifteen.”

A rematch with Pacheco is unlikely, as the Columbian has indicated
that he will be moving up to junior bantamweight.

“It is very exciting being the world champion and I am looking
forward to my first world title fight in Australia,” said southpaw
Darchinyan 22-0 (17).

WBC Interim super middleweight champion Danny Green will hold a
public training session on Wednesday, February 2 in Sydney. The
“Green Machine” is preparing for his rematch with arch-rival Markus
Beyer in Germany on March 12 and will be at the Ritz Hotel in
Hurstville from 5pm.

Paul Upham
Contributing Editor