Nonito Donaire vs Vic Darchinyan – Highlights (Upset & KNOCKOUT of the Year)


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July 7th, 2007. The undefeated hard hitting Vic Darchinyan aka “Raging Bull” defends his IBF Flyweight Championship against the underdog Nonito Donaire also known as “The Filipino Flash”.

Although this fight is remembered mostly for the spectacular finish, it was also a fairly competitive fight as a whole.

Prefight records; Donaire 17(10)-1, Darchinyan 28(27)-0.

In October 2006, Vic Darchinyan beat Nonito’s brother Glenn Donaire via TD6 to retain his IBF title. Glenn’s jaw was broken, prompting the ringside doctor to stop the contest.

Darchinyan made another successful title defense before facing 24 year old Nonito Donaire.

From his pro debut in February 2001 to July 2007, The Filipino Flash had suffered only one loss during the 2nd month of his pro career to Rosendo Sanchez and since then, racked up an impressive streak of 16 straight victories.

However, he had never faced the same caliber of opposition as Darchinyan thus he was a considerable underdog entering the bout.

However, many had the opinion that Darchinyan’s unbeaten record was amassed by beating fighters who are past their bests or those moving up in weight class.

Going into the fight, Darchinyan had notable victories over Irene Pacheco, Luis Maldonado, Mzukisi Sikali, Victor Burgos, Glenn Donaire & Wandee Singwancha (2x).

From the opening bell, Darchinyan was hit a lot more than in his previous bouts. He started off at his usual slow pace while Nonito took the opportunity for fast early start and Darchinyan’s unorthodox style did not really trouble The Filipino Flash, who decisively won the 1st round.

Although Donaire’s right hand was considered to be his key to victory but surprisingly it was his left hook that made the difference in the fight; connecting frequently as Darchinyan constantly lunges wildly towards Nonito who countered effectively with mostly his left and occasionally right.

Donaire had broken his left hand a few years ago which caused his lone loss in his 2nd outing as a pro, and have since been known primarily as a right hand puncher thus no one expect him to utilize his left to such great effect.

The end came at the mid point of the 5th frame, when The Filipino Flash landed a picture perfect counter left hook that floored The Raging Bull who was in the middle of lunging forward; making the punch all the more destructive. Darchinyan gamely tried to beat the count but his legs were gone, prompting referee Eddie Cauldo to half the bout.

Donaire won his first world divisional title and would go on to achieve tremendous success in the next 10 years; winning world titles in four different weight divisions – Flyweight, Bantamweight (2x), Super Bantamweight (3x) & Featherweight.

As of October 2017, he held meaningful wins over Luis Maldonado, Raul Martinez, Rafael Concepcion, Zsolt Bedak, Jorge Arce, Jeffrey Mathebula, Simpiwe Vetyeka, Toshiaki Nishioka, Moruti Mthalane, Manuel Vargas, Hernan Marquez, Volodymyr Sydorenko, Fernando Montiel & Vic Darchinyan (rematch).

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