Vic Darchinyan still hoping for rematch with Nonito Donaire

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Vic Darchinyan has been rumored to be up for a fight with 122-pound champ Guillermo Rigondeaux, but does the brash veteran actually prefer a rematch with Nonito Donaire?

If you're Vic Darchinyan, what do you want to do? Two daunting but attractive options could be presenting themselves for a fall return.

If you're Darchinyan, do you:

  1. Fight 122-pound ruler Guillermo Rigondeaux, who just peaked with a huge win over Nonito Donaire, or;
  2. Look to secure a long-desired rematch with Nonito Donaire, who knocked you out six years ago and took your undefeated record?

Darchinyan is rumored to be Rigondeaux's next opponent, a move many saw coming when the 37-year-old, two-division titlist signed with Top Rank, but he's still got a strong hankering to get revenge against Donaire, too:

"Of course I'd love to fight (Donaire). ... I know he's planning to return. I'm here, ready and willing. I want to finally get my revenge."

Darchinyan (37-5-1, 23 KO) has won two straight and put himself back into position for higher-end fights. In his last two bouts, he's served as a supposed stepping stone for prospect Luis Orlando Del Valle, which Darchinyan used as an opportunity to get himself back in the mix, and then beat Javier Gallo in a tune-up fight.

Donaire (31-2, 20 KO) had planned to sit out until later in the year to help wife Rachel with the arrival of their first child, and there has been some expectation that he won't fight again until perhaps December. Darchinyan may not want to wait those extra few months.

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