Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Darchinyan: 'I made Donaire, and I will break him'
Vic Darchinyan will get a shot at revenge against Nonito Donaire six years after Donaire's left hook knocked him out in the fifth round.
On Nov. 9, at The American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 knockouts) will get shot at redemption when the 37-year-old faces Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) in Donaire's 126-pound debut on HBO.
"Since years ago, I lost to Nonito Donaire. No one knew about him at that time. I made Donaire, and I will break him. You will see," said Darchinyan during a Wednesday press conference at The American Bank Center.
"This is a very important fight for me. It gives me the opportunity to face and defeat an opponent who beat me in the past. This win will be sweet revenge for me."
Donaire, meanwhile, is looking to rebound after having been dethroned as RING 122-pound champion and WBO beltholder in his last fight in April by Guillermo Rigondeaux, who also holds the WBA title.
"Just this fight alone, there's already a lot of tension, as you know. 'I will make him, I'll break him?' That's from Darchinyan. I expected as much from Darchinyan. I thought that age would subside a little bit of his issues, but apparently not, which is why I say that this fight is going to be an incredible fight," said Donaire, who will turn 31 on Nov. 16.
Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs) is the WBO's mandatory challenger to face Martinez (30-1-1, 20 KOs), who is coming off a split-decision victory over previously unbeaten Diego Magdaleno in April, which followed a split draw with Juan Carlos Burgos in January.
"This fight is a great opportunity to clear any doubts about my value as a world champion," said Martinez. "A win over Garcia will prove that I am a real champion, and it will take me to the next level."
A Mexican-American boxer-puncher from Oxnard, Calif., Garcia, 25, is coming off January's eighth-round technical decision over Orlando Salido, which was followed by June's fourth-round stoppage of former titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez.
"I'm fighting a defending champion," said Garcia, who was overweight prior to his contracted 126-pound bout with Lopez, costing him his WBO belt at the scales. "It won't be easy, but I think I have all the tools to beat Rocky. I want to be champion again, and Rocky is in my way. I will become champion again."
"I just can't wait to get into the ring and prove how badly I want this. I have been training very hard, and have a great game plan with [trainer] Freddie Roach," said Martirosyan, who is 27.
Andrade, 25, first began boxing at the age of 7.
Tickets to the Martinez vs. Garcia world championship event will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. CT., and will be priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable charges. They can be purchased at the American Bank Center Box Office (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-to-6 p.m.), and at all Ticketmaster Outlets (HEB Stores), ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Photos by Chris Farina, Top Rank
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