Donaire stops Darchinyan in 9th round

10 Nov

By Celest R. Flores, Mark Giongco

MANILA, Philippines – Six years ago, it was Nonito Donaire’s left hand that sent down Vic Darchinyan and catapulted the Filipino to boxing stardom.

Fast forward to Sunday, it was no different as Donaire landed the same left hook that led to a ninth round stoppage of Darchinyan in their 10-round non-title featherweight rematch at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The left blow started the end for the proud Armenian, who fell on his knees. Darchinyan was able to beat the count before Donaire went for the finish – unloading on two uppercuts prompting the referee to waive off the fight at the 2:06 mark in the penultimate round.

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