LAREDO, TX — 37-year-old Vic Darchinyan overcame a few hiccups to re-establish his concussive power at super bantamweight via a multiple knockdown, fourth round TKO win over Javier Gallo last night at the Uni-Trade Stadium.
Darchinyan used much of the first round letting Gallo take the lead and walking him into corkscrew left uppercuts. Darchinyan mixed in his quick straight left at times, but was caught and wobbled late in the round off a counter overhand right.
The danger woke up Darchinyan, who came out blazing in the second round and promptly dropped Gallo with a jarring left cross. Darchinyan would keep his power punches straight and use the shot to drop Gallo twice more in the round. Gallo attempted to rebound by overwhelming his tormentor with volume, but Darchinyan’s power edge coupled with his accuracy only brought more significant punishment on Gallo in the third.
The fourth round saw Darchinyan wipe out Gallo once more with a left cross, prompting the referee to call off the bout sans a ten count.
With the win, Darchinyan is now ranked #1 by the WBO and #2 by the WBC, making him the prime candidate to challenge Top Rank stablemate Guillermo Rigondeaux, who holds both titles.
On the undercard opener, former Olympian Oscar Valdez upped his undefeated record to 5-0 (3 KOs) with an easy first round TKO over Rocco Espinoza. Valdez dominated Espinoza with his power, scoring two knockdowns apiece with left and right hooks to get the stoppage with just seconds remaining in the opening round.
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Vic Darchinyan has been one of my favorite fighters since about 2006. It’s amazing he’s still trucking along at 37 years old (absolutely ancient for a lower weight class fighter). I was surprised when looking over his record to see this was his first knockout since 2009. Ever since leaving the super flyweight division (where he made history unifying the titles), his power has ebbed with the climb to bantamweight and super bantam. And even with the decline, he’s remained competitive against the very best (Abner Mares, Anselmo Moreno, Joseph Agbeko).
Still, Darchinyan has not posted a victory over a top name since his technical division win over Yonnhy Perez in 2011. The win over prospect Luis Orlando Del Valle last September was a good start. He’ll get the ultimate chance soon as he’ll likely face Rigondeaux. I can only see that ending with Darchinyan looking at the lights, but he won’t lay back and let Rigo just potshot him all night. Vic will go for it and bow out on his shield.