Following a win in his super bantamweight debut this past Saturday night against prospect Luis Del Valle, former flyweight and super flyweight champ Vic Darchinyan says that he wants a rematch with Abner Mares, and after that, he'll target any of the champions at 122 pounds.
"I want Abner Mares because you know what happened in the past. I won the fight...they robbed me. It was a close fight, but I won the fight. I want to fight him again."
It's unlikely more than a few agree that Darchinyan (38-5-1, 27 KO) was robbed in his 2010 loss to Abner Mares, but it's a good rematch because not only was it a close, competitive fight, but it was a really damn good fight, too, an underrated Fight of the Year candidate. Both fighters were knocked down, Mares was docked a point, it got dirty and chippy, and it was a slugfest. I'd be psyched to see it again.
First up, of course, Mares (24-0-1, 13 KO) must take care of business against Anselmo Moreno on November 10, when the two meet at the Staples Center, live on Showtime. And that's far from an easy task for the tough young Mexican-American, and there are more than a handful of knowledgeable boxing pundits and fans who think Moreno will take Mares' "0" on that night.
If Mares does get by, though, Darchinyan would be as good an opponent as any. It would be unlikely that Mares could face Nonito Donaire, for instance, as Donaire is promoted by Top Rank and Mares by Golden Boy. Vic looked solid at the new weight, and fought in his usual aggressive style, but brought back some of his boxing skills, and really dominated a younger, naturally bigger opponent. That win is nothing to scoff at, and Vic is right back in the game.