Tonight at 9:30 pm EST, HBO Boxing After Dark goes live from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, for a world championship tripleheader, with two world title fights and a grudge match sandwiched in the middle.
In the main event, Rocky Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KO) defends the WBO super featherweight title against Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KO). Garcia is looking to go 3-0 on the year, with HBO wins over Orlando Salido and Juan Manuel Lopez. The former won him a featherweight title, the latter saw him lose that belt on the scales. Martinez last fought on April 13 in Macao, beating Diego Magdaleno.
The night's attention main event is probably the featherweight rematch between Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO) and Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO). Darchinyan, 37, got a new lease on his career about a year ago when he beat Puerto Rican prospect Luis Orlando Del Valle in his HBO debut. He then signed with Top Rank pretty much in order to get this fight or maybe one with Guillermo Rigondeaux, but this is what made sense. Donaire knocked Darchinyan into the following week six years ago on Showtime when they were flyweights. It was quite an upset.
In the HBO opener, Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KO) will meet Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (19-0, 13 KO) for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title.
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