VIC DARCHINYAN FIGHT WEEK WORKOUT QUOTES AND PHOTOS
July 8, 2009
SUNRISE, Fla. (July 8, 2009) – Due to travel complications,
two-division world champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan was unable
to participate in Tuesday’s media workout in South Florida with his
opponent, IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko. SHOWTIME
caught up with the four-time world champ at the hotel pool on
Wednesday, just three days before he faces Agbeko in his quest to
become a three-division world champion on Saturday, July 11 at the
BankAtlantic Center LIVE on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT) – Darchinyan,
who proved his dominance in the 115-pound division with dominating
victories over Christian Mijares and Jorge Arce on SHOWTIME, had a
lot to say about Saturday’s fight and his boxing future. Saturday’s
world title fight will be Darchinyan’s first scrap at 118 pounds.
"He’s not too much bigger than me. This will be no difference for me
at all. All of my sparring partners were bigger than him. I’m just
looking at him as another opponent. I’m going to give him a lesson
and knock him out. It’s going to be an exciting fight. I’m going
to play with him and destroy him. I’ll start throwing bombs in the
middle rounds. I’ll knock him out before the end of the 12th.".
"Every boxer should go for the KO. I seek excitement only. I want to be
exciting. I want to be one of the best in the history of boxing. That
means I go for the knockout.
"I’m going to take it easy early and slow him down. I’m going to make
him look stupid and knock him out.
"I don’t have respect for my opponents in the ring. I might have
respect for them outside, but inside it’s a war.
"After this fight we’ll see what we do. I’d love to fight Nonito
(Donaire) again if he’s ready for me. He hasn’t done much since we
fought. If SHOWTIME isn’t interested in that I’ll move up to 122
pounds and keep moving up.
"I know he well prepared for the fight. But, so have I. I’m ready
for Saturday night. My training has been phenomenal. I’ve been in
the gym for five months."
Two of the pound-for-pound hardest hitting boxers, both main event
fighters possess eye-popping knockout percentages. Agbeko (26-1,
22 KOs) from Accra, Ghana, now fighting out of Bronx, N.Y., has
knocked out over 81 percent of his opponents with Darchinyan (32-1,
26 KOs), from Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, right behind him
at 76 percent.
Tickets to the event, priced at $75, $40 and $25 and $10 (with
a limited number of golden circle seats available at $200), can
be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800)
745-3000, or BankAtlantic Center box office. The
event is promoted by Don King Productions in association with
BankAtlantic Center. Agbeko vs. Darchinyan and DeMarco vs. Adjaho
are co-promoted with Gary Shaw Productions.
The SHOWTIME co-feature pits two top-10 ranked 135-pound contenders
in the biggest fight of their lives when Antonio DeMarco (21-1-1,
15 KOs), of Tijuana, Mexico, takes on West African native Anges
"Baby Face" Adjaho (25-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING announcers Gus Johnson and Al Bernstein
will call the action with Jim Gray reporting from ringside. The
executive producer of SHOWTIME Sports is David Dinkins Jr., with Bob