Darchinyan v. Arce Preview

February 7, 2009

Vic Darchinyan and Jorge Arce will finally step into the ring tonight in their highly-anticipated super flyweight title bout at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The fight is sure to be an all-out war from start to finish, as all the hoopla and bold proclamations will finally be put to rest. Here's what can we expect to see from each man, with of course, TheDailySportsHerald.com's crystal ball prediction.


Although Arce has undoubtedly earned his reputation as a proud and brave Mexican blood-and-guts warrior, he also happens to be a very good counterpuncher with underrated boxing skills. Arce would be wise to try and keep the hard charging and free-swinging Armenian champ off him by sticking him with the jab and circling away from his left-hand bombs. When Darchinyan does close the distance, Arce should benefit by using his attack to the body. Arce must hope that Darchinyan exposes himself to shots when he is trying to launch his vintage bombs.


For Darchinyan to retain his belts, he must be true to himself and attack in his uniquely awkward, bombs-away style. This ought to be made somewhat easier considering Darchinyan's advantage in both hand speed and punching power. I expect Darchinyan to attempt to impose his will on Arce early, and make a brawl of it, behind his relentless, swarming attack.


Darchinyan. Darchinyan comes out all guns blazing, dropping Arce once in the opening stanza. However after regaining his composure and settling down, Arce proceeds to outbox Darchinyan cleanly, carrying the middle rounds behind an effective combination of a stiff jab mixed in with body work and good movement. However, Darchinyan will manage to catch Arce with one of his vaunted colossal left hands dropping and eventually stopping Arce late, around the 8-10th round. Call it Darchinyan by TKO stoppage in Round 10.


Friday's weigh-in was not without some drama, as Darchinyan had to return to the scales about 30 minutes after initially weighing in one quarter of a pound over the limit. Arce came in right at 115 pounds on his first attempt.

Both fighters in the co-featured fight came in under the lightweight limit, DeMarco at 134, and Kid Diamond at 133 1/2 lbs.

By Kweku Turkson
Staff Reporter for TheDailySportsHerald.com

Photograph by Tri Le
Staff Photographer for TheDailySportsHerald.com

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