Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan
IBF Flyweight World Champion
Date of Birth: 1st July 1976
Place of Birth: Armenia
Fight Record (Wins/Losses/Draws 23-0-0
(including 18 KO's)
Armenians have a new world champion. He is Vic
(Vakhtang) Darchinyan, born on July 1st 1976 and raised in Vanadzor, Armenia. He moved to Australia and
took out citizenship after representing Armenia
at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He has an
accumulated amateur record of 152 wins from 170
bouts. He is a professional boxer now in
flyweight division, a southpaw.
One of the most powerful fighters seen in the
lower weight classes in many years, he toppled
the incumbent world champion, the undefeated
Colombian Irene Pacheco. Vic Darchinyan claimed
the IBF flyweight championship with an eleventh
round KO of longtime champion at the Seminole
Paradise adjacent to the Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel/Casino in Hollywood, FL.
Darchinyan got the best of Pacheco early, but
the champion began to come on strong midway,
connecting with hurtful body shots. Vic
Darchinyan scored an 11th-round technical
knockout of the defending champion to win the
IBF flyweight title. Darchinyan controlled the
pace for most of the bout and finally knocked
down Pacheco in the 10th round with a right to
the head. Darchinyan came out in the 10th round
and dropped Pacheco for the first time in the
fight with a left hand. Pacheco, 33, took a
mandatory eight count, got up and made it to the
end of the round. He was dropped again in the
11th round with another pile-driving left hand.
Then Pacheco's corner called a halt.
The "Raging Bull" is now looking towards
world domination in the flyweight division after
leaving a trail of destruction and winning the
IBF flyweight world title from long reigning and
previously undefeated Irene Pacheco.
"I always believed I could become world
champion," said Darchinyan, who described
himself as an Armenian Australian. "I've waited
for this chance a long time," Darchinyan said.
"While I'm proud of my Armenian heritage, I am
also proud to be a naturalized Australian."