Saturday, November 08, 2008

:boxing: Boxing Bits ::11.08.08:: Darchinyan Demolishes Mijares

Things got a little busy recently, so this "Boxing Bits" installment is covering the last two weeks of results...

The sharp-tongued Vic Darchinyan proved just how dangerous he is when he pulled the major upset against Cristian Mijares, another in a long string of others this year.

[NIXED] Edgar Santana vs TBA (Light Welterweight)

Randall Bailey UD(8) DeMarcus Corley (Light Welterweight)

Demetrius Andrade TKO2 Patrick Cape (Light Middleweight)

[C] IBF Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute UD Liberado Andrade

[C] WBA Featherweight Champion Chris John UD Hiroyuki Enoki

Ronald Hearns TKO6 Paul Calvette (Light Middleweight)

[C] WBA Super Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler KO3 Danilo Haussler

Howard Eastman SD Andrew Lewis (Middleweight)


[C] IBF Super Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan KO9 WBC, WBA Super Flyweight Champion Cristian Mijares [Showtime]
--Though many had Mijares going in, due to being the more gifted technician, I had Darchinyan taking the win, since there has been a good history of effective, aggressive fighters taking down smart, technical ones. I even joked about there being a KO, but I never thought he would actually accomplish that, much less systematically neutralize Mijares completely. The latter type of fighter tends to get overwhelmed by an aggressive type that can effectively use their pressure and disrupt the other's gameplan, since the technical one is more use to controlling and dictating the fight and the opponent, as well as thinking and planning more than fighting "on-the-fly".

The fight itself was yet another example of this, with the added bonus of Mijares appearing as if he didn't take Darchinyan seriously enough to prepare for the bout and would just take him down with ease. For the IBF champion, it was an easy night, as he was continually on him from opening bell, landing numerous blows (including through his guard) and befuddling the soon-to-be-former-titleholder with his unorthodox style until he dramatically dropped him for the stoppage and win. It was perhaps destined be a long, bad night for Mijares if the sudden 1st round knockdown he barely got up from was any indication...

Felix Sturm SD Sebastian Sylvester (Middleweight)

Daniel Ponce De Leon KO4 Damian David Marchiano (Featherweight)

Andre Dirrell TKO6 Victor Oganov (Super Middleweight) [Showtime]
--Dirrell certainly looked solid and displayed some nice skills in dispatching Oganov, but the latter hung in tough, with Dirrell also possessing the looks of an overconfident and cocky young fighter, allowing for Oganov to land some decent shots now and then. He has what it takes to become big, but if Dirrell doesn't keep that ego in check, he could find himself on the canvas when he least expects it...

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. UD(10) Matt Vanda (Light Middleweight)

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