RingTV.com has a live round-by-round update of tonight’s featherweight rematch that ended with a ninth-round TKO victory at the 2:06 mark for former RING junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire over ex-flyweight and 115-pound beltholder Vic Darchinyan. The fight was part of an HBO tripleheader airing live from American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 knockouts) was an unbeaten IBF flyweight titleholder when a left hook by Donaire (32-2, 21 KOs) stopped him in the fifth round in July of 2007.
In his last fight in April, Donaire lost by unanimous-decision to Guillermo Rigondeaux as a 122-pounder, and made his featherweight debut against Darchinyan.
The HBO broadcast began at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT Saturday night.
Donaire vs. Darcinyan II
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Referee: Laurence Cole
Judges: Levi Martinez, Nelson Vazquez, Oren Schellenberger
DONAIRE WINS BY NINTH-ROUND TKO at THE 2:06 MARK
Round 1: Donaire moving forward behind the jab. Southpaw Darchinyan pawing with his jab. A lot of posing. Tough round to score. Donaire’s right to the body. Grazing rights to the head and body by Donaire. Hard left hand and another by Darchinyan to punctuate the round. Enough to win it. Darchinyan, 10-9.
Round 2: Donaire had an edge in punches, 9-to-5, but Darchinyan landed four of the blows late in the first round. Reaching right to the body by Donaire, who is retreating. Another right to the body by Donaire. Two lefts by Darchinyan and then two more short ones. Jab by Donaire. Two more hard lefts by Donaire. Hard right by Donaire. HARD RIGHT WOBBLES DARCHYNIAN. HARD RIGHTS BY DARCHINYAN SHAKE DONAIRE. Another left hand by Darchinyan. Donaire, 10-9; Even, 19-19.
Round 3: Donaire out-landed Darchinyan, 11-6, in the second. More posing early. Grazing right by Darchinyan. More posing and positioning by each fighter. Double-jab by Donaire. Right to the body by Donaire. Nice up-jab by Darchinyan. Body shot by Darchinyan. Left by Darchinyan. Left by Donaire, right by Darchinyan. Jab by Donaire. Left hook by Donaire. Donaire, 10-9; Donaire, 29-28.
Round 4: Steve Weisfeld has it 30-27 for Donaire, who had an 11-6 edge in punches in third round. Wicked left from Darchinyan. Another left by Darchinyan. Lead left by Darchinyan. Double-jab by Donaire. They trade lefts, with Darchinyan’s being harder. Another left by Darchinyan. Another lead left by Darchinyan. Counter-left by Darchinyan. Blistering exchange at the bell. Darchinyan, 10-9; Even, 38-38.
Round 5: Each fighter landed seven punches in the fourth. Darchinyan’s leading with the left, but takes a couple of rights to the body. Darchinyan’s controlling the round against a seemingly tentative Donaire. Jab by Donaire. Left to the body by Darchinyan. HARD LEFT HAND ROCKS DONAIRE TO THE ROPES, WHERE DARCHINYAN CLOSES STRONG with a series of lefts and rights as Donaire covers up in the corner. Darchinyan, 10-9; Darchinyan, 48-47.
Round 6: Darchinyan had an edge in punches, 9-5, in the fifth. Left by Darchinyan still is a factor early in the sixth. Donaire’s having trouble getting past it. Lead left by Darchinyan. Two jabs from Donaire. Right by Darchinynan, right by Donaire.Grazing lef by Darchinyan. Hard right by Donaire, two hard lefts by Darchinyan. Darchinyan, 10-9; Darchinyan, 58-56.
Round 7: Darchinyan’s corner is confident, Donaire’s trainer, Robert Garcia wants more movement and punches from Donaire. Steve Weisfeld has it even at 57-57. Each has landed 35 punches in the fight. Donaire’s having success landing the right and then lands a left. Two right hands by Donaire. Two left uppercuts by Darchinyan. Fighters tied up and both fall to the canvas, with Darchinyan on top. They rise and are OK. Donaire tentatively has an edge in the round. Two lefts and a right prior to the bell for Donaire. Donaire, 10-9; Darchinyan, 67-66.
Round 8: Both fighters landed five punches in the seventh. Garcia’s asking for more activity from Donaire. Donaire’s moving forward and bouncing on his toes. Two jabs by Donaire. Lead right by Donaire. Another lead right by Donaire, who blocks a left by Darchinyan. Clubbing left by Darchinyan. Sloppy fight. Lead right by Donaire. Lead left by Darchinyan and a follow up left by Darchinyan. Lead right from Donaire and a left hook as well. Donaire, 10-9; Even, 76-76.
Round 9: Garcia’s telling Donaire not to blow the fight and that he’s giving it away. Clearly, Garcia’s worried. Weisfeld has it even, 76-76. Right and a LEFT HOOK HURTS DARCHINYAN. LEFT HOOK DROPS DARCHINYAN, WHO RISES BY GRABBING THE ROPES!!! RIGHT HAND AND LEFT HOOK WOBBLE DARCHINYAN AGAIN!!! RIGHT HAND, LEFT HOOK, TWO LEFT UPPERCUTS BY DONAIRE!!!! REFEREE LAURENCE COLE STEPS IN AND STOPS THE FIGHT!!!
DONAIRE WINS BY NINTH-ROUND TKO at THE 2:06 MARK
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