DIMITRI "THE BABY" KIRILOV VS VIC "RAGING BULL" DARCHINYAN
July 30 2008
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (July 30, 2008) DoghouseBoxing
(Photo Â© German Villasenor)
International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight champion
Dimitri "The Baby" Kirilov (29-3-1, 9 KOs) will defend his title
against former IBF flyweight champion and knockout artist Vic "Raging
Bull" Darchinyan (29-1-1, 23 KOs), Saturday, Aug. 2, live on SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
In the co-feature, U.S. Olympian and undefeated prospect Andre "The
Matrix" Dirrell (15-0, 10 KOs) puts his flawless record on the line
against fellow unbeaten Mike "The Persecutor" Paschall (17-0-1, 4 KOs)
in a 10-round super middleweight brawl.
The telecast will originate from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma,
Wash., and is promoted by Gotham Boxing, Inc.
Kirilov, who is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, captured
the IBF crown by winning a close unanimous decision against former
U.S. Olympian Jose Navarro on Oct. 13, 2007. The scores were 116-112,
In his most recent outing in February, the Russian-born Kirilov wasn’t
able to finish Cecilio Santos (22-8-3, 12 KOs) and had to settle for
a draw. Although one judge scored the fight for Kirilov, 116-112;
the other two scored it even at 114 each.
Darchinyan had an iron grip on the flyweight division, successfully
defending his IBF title six times – five inside the distance. He
eventually lost his 112-pound strap in a major upset to Filipino star
Nonito Donaire. Darchinyan now aims to wreak havoc the 115-pound,
super flyweight division.
Kirilov-Darchinyan is a match up of varying styles. Kirilov, known
for his tremendous speed and ability to outbox his competition,
relies heavily on his quick hands. He loves to pepper his opponents
with a precise left jab.
Darchinyan, a southpaw, is quite the opposite from his counterpart. Not
nearly as polished and refined as Kirilov, Darchinyan employs an
in-your-face game plan that has produced 23 knockout victories for
the Armenian-born boxer. Darchinyan is often described as possessing
Dirrell, who has fought on the prospect-based series ShoBox: The
New Generation on SHOWTIME, will attempt to prove he is no longer a
prospect but a championship contender when he faces the undefeated
Paschall in the co-feature.
In his last fight in May, Dirrell looked extraordinary against Anthony
Hanshaw (21-2-1, 14 KOs), registering a fifth round TKO on ShoBox.
Despite a slow start, Dirrell came on strongly and with a left hand
to the head sent Hanshaw to the canvas at the end of the fourth round
near his opponent’s corner. Following a flurry of unanswered punches
to Hanshaw’s head early in the fifth, referee Pat Russell stopped
the contest at 1:13.
Dirrell, who won the bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games
for the United States, is a tall, agile southpaw with solid power in
In his 18 fight career, Paschall has scored several impressive
unanimous decision victories against veteran boxers. The prospect
is taking a tough test on August 2 against Dirrell. With only four
knockouts to his credit, Paschall will have to rely on his boxing
skills if he hopes to stay undefeated.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING announcers Steve Albert and Al Bernstein
will call the action from ringside with Jim Gray reporting from
ringside. The executive producer of SHOWTIME Sports is David Dinkins
Jr. with Bob Dunphy directing.
For information on SHOWTIME Sports, including exclusive
behind-the-scenes video and photo galleries, complete telecast
information and more, please visit the SHOWTIME Sports website at
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress