Vic Darchinyan

Vic Darchinyan
Վախթանգ Դարչինյան

Darchinyan (left) in 2011
Real name Vakhtang Darchinyan
Nickname(s) The Raging Bull
Rated at
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Reach 164 cm (65 in)
  • Armenian
  • Australian
Born (1976-01-07) 7 January 1976
Vanadzor, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union (now Armenia)
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 42
Wins by KO 31
Losses 9
Draws 1

Vakhtang "Vic" Darchinyan (Armenian: Վախթանգ Դարչինյան; born 7 January 1976) is an Armenian Australian professional boxer. He is a former two-weight world champion, having held the IBF flyweight title from 2004 to 2007; the IBF super flyweight title from 2008 to 2009; and the unified WBA (Super), WBC, and lineal super flyweight titles from 2008 to 2010. Additionally, he has held a record four IBO titles in three weight classes from 2005 to 2011. A southpaw boxer with a unique fighting style, Darchinyan (along with Jeff Fenech) is the only Australian three-division world champion in the sport's history. In 2004, Darchinyan became the first ethnic Armenian to win a world title when he knocked out then-undefeated IBF flyweight champion Irene Pacheco.

Personal life

Darchinyan was born on 7 January 1976, in Vanadzor, Armenia. His father, Ruben Darchinyan, was an Olympic wrestling coach for Armenia. Ruben's name can sometimes be seen on Vic's boxing trunks. Vic has a sister named Liana.[1]

Vic wanted to become a boxer at the age of 5 and dreamed of becoming a world champion in the professionals. His father told him there was no professional boxing in Armenia (or any Soviet countries; this changed when the Union fell in 1991) and instead wanted Vic to follow in his footsteps and take up wrestling. Vic also wrestled as a kid, but always continued to say he would become a world champion someday. He eventually left wrestling in pursuit of his dream to become a world boxing champion.[2]

Amateur career

Vic began boxing at the age of 8 within the community of Vanadzor, where boxing was very popular. He was trained by the experienced Vazgen Badalyan.[3] Darchinyan's amateur career record was 158-18 with 105 knockouts.[4] Vic fought in many different countries and participated for Armenia in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He went to the third round in the 112 lb division before losing against Bulat Jumadilov of Kazakhstan. Darchinyan moved to Australia after competing in the Olympics and eventually became an Australian citizen on 7 July 2004. Darchinyan turned pro at the age of 24 on 3 November 2000.

Vic Darchinyan won a bronze medal at the 1998 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Minsk.[5] He also won a bronze medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games.[6] In the same year, Darchinyan won a bronze medal at the 1998 Boxing World Cup.[7]

Olympic Results

Professional career

Flyweight Division

Vic is promoted by Gary Shaw Promotions and HyeFighters. From November 2000 to December 2004, Vic built up a record of 21-0 (16 ko's) and captured the Australian, Oceanic and Pan Pacific Flyweight titles. After knocking out former 2-division world champion Wandee Singwancha in an IBF eliminator, he earned the IBF #1 mandatory ranking.

First world title

He won his IBF title on 16 December 2004 in his first fight in the United States, beating respected champion Irene Pacheco of Colombia, via 11th round technical knock-out. Pacheco had held the title for over 5 years.
Returning to Australia, his first title defense was against long time contender and IBO belt holder, Mzukisi Sikali, in a crowd-pleasing brawl. By the 8th round, Sikali took a combination body and head shots and turned away in a 'No Mas' fashion, prompting referee Pete Podgorski to step in and wave it off.
Attempting to secure a fight in the USA, Vic took a stay-busy fight defending his title against fringe contender Jair Jimenez, whom he floored him in round 4. The referee stopped fight in the 5th after Jimenez started to walk away from the fight.
Returning to the USA headlining on ShoBox: The New Generation, his third title defense was against Filipino contender Diosdado Gabi. Vic knocked him out with a single straight left in the 8th round.
Three months later, returning to Showtime after the hotly contested Jose Luis Castillo Vs Diego Corrales rubber match fell through, Vic's defense against then-undefeated Mexican contender Luis Maldonado was moved to the main event. He stopped the tough Mexican in the 8th round.
In his fifth title defense, Vic faced Glenn Donaire. Glenn gave up after Vic broke his jaw in the 6th round from an alleged elbow attack. Replays show no evidence of an elbow. Darchinyan's camp, though winners by technical decision, have always claimed this should have been a legitimate knockout.
In his sixth title defense, Darchinyan faced former Light Flyweight World Champion Victor Burgos. Vic knocked Burgos down in the second round and stopped him in the twelfth round. Victor later underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. Burgos was put into a medically induced coma and made a full recovery. However, he was not able to fight again.
In 2007, Darchinyan suffered his first defeat from Nonito Donaire, younger brother of Glenn Donaire, in a title bout via TKO. Darchinyan was caught with a left hook which floored him, in an exchange with Donaire in the fifth round. Darchinyan managed to get up but immediately fell on the ropes and the referee stopped the fight. Darchinyan lost the IBF and IBO flyweight titles to Donaire. The match was eventually awarded Knockout of the Year and Upset of the Year by Ring Magazine.

Super Flyweight Division

Darchinyan returned 3 months later and won the vacant IBO Super Flyweight title by stopping Filipino veteran Federico Catubay. Catubay was knocked down in round 7 and 11. Vic decided to outbox and outpunch his larger opponent and finally finished him off in round 12. He voluntarily relinquished the IBO title prior to fighting in an IBF eliminator.

On 2 February 2008, Darchinyan fought Z Gorres to a controversial split draw at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines in an IBF Super Flyweight Eliminator where the winner would challenge the champion Dimitri Kirilov. The bout began with a knockdown for Darchinyan in the first round, which appeared to be a slip by Gorres when replayed. The crowd was upset with the referee calling the slip a knockdown and began to pelt the ring with bottles of water, coins and other objects. Gorres came back in the second round to floor Darchinyan with a left hand, but Darchinyan beat the count, which again prompted some arena fans to pelt the ring with objects. Gorres was knocked down in the fifth round, but the referee ruled it a slip. A clash of heads in the sixth round opened up a bad gash on Gorres. In the ninth round, Darchinyan connected with a right hand, sending Gorres down for the second time in the fight. Gorres would fall to the canvas on at least three other occasions in the final three rounds, with the referee ruling all of them slips. The final scores were 113-112 for Gorres, 114-112 for Darchinyan, and 113-113 for the draw.[8] Darchinyan's promoter, Gary Shaw, filed an official protest with the IBF over the officiating of the bout.[9]

Despite the draw, Darchinyan earned the right to take on Kirilov for being higher in the ratings and willing to accept the fight.

Second world title

Six months later, Darchinyan was back in what most experts called a career-best performance, taking on IBF Super Flyweight Champion Dimitri Kirilov at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma Washington. Darchinyan dominated from the opening bell and showed an improvement in speed and boxing skill. He eventually caught Kirilov in round 5, dropping him twice en route to a round KO. Darchinyan was ahead 40-36 on all three judges' scorecards.

Super Flyweight Unification and Title Defenses

On 1 November 2008, Darchinyan fought WBC and WBA Super Flyweight Champion Cristian Mijares at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Darchinyan was the aggressor from the outset, getting inside with big punches, including a left uppercut that knocked Mijares down in the first round. With his unorthodox crouching style, Darchinyan seemed to confuse Mijares, who was often content to counterpunch rather than attack.[10] Mijares connected with just one combination the entire fight, that during a brief span of the fifth round. Darchinyan, however, was unhurt and unfazed. In the ninth round, Darchinyan caught Mijares with a right hand. Then as Mijares backed away, Darchinyan lunged and landed a straight left hand that knocked out Mijares.[11] Darchinyan became the first man in history to unify the titles in the weight class.[12] On 7 February 2009, Darchinyan successfully defended his unified WBC, WBA, IBF and lineal titles against multiple time champion Jorge Arce, winning by TKO in the 11th round. The early rounds were somewhat competitive, but as each round progressed, Darchinyan asserted his dominance more and more. In the 11th round, the doctor stopped the bout because Arce was severely cut on both eyes.

On 12 December 2009, having vacated his IBF belt in an unsuccessful attempt to move up to bantamweight, Darchinyan successfully defended his unified WBC, WBA and lineal titles against Interim Champion Tomás Rojas, winning by KO in the 2nd round. Rojas would go on to capture the WBC belt shortly after Vic vacated it.

On 6 March 2010, Darchinyan successfully defended his unified WBC and WBA titles against Rodrigo Guerrero, winning a unanimous decision. Guerrero would go on to capture the IBF belt in 2011.

On 21 June 2009, Darchinyan was rated the #8 best pound for pound boxer in the world by The Ring.

Bantamweight Division

While retaining his WBC and WBA super flyweight belts, Darchinyan vacated his IBF belt in order to move up to bantamweight to fight IBF Champion Joseph Agbeko in Sunrise, Florida on 11 July 2009. He lost a unanimous decision in a fight he looked almost too overly aggressive in and couldn't seem to cope with the Ghanan's style and repeatedly walked into straight right hands. Agbeko spoiled Darchinyan's goal of winning his third world title in a different division. Two judges scored the bout 114-113 for Agbeko, while the third had it for the Ghanaian Agbeko, 116-111. Despite the defeat at bantamweight, Darchinyan was still recognized as Super Flyweight Champion by both the WBC and WBA.

In May 2010 Darchinyan won the vacant IBO Bantamweight title with a one-sided unanimous decision victory in his adopted land of Australia over Eric Barcelona. Barcelona was knocked down twice in the fifth round, once in the eleventh round and was docked a point in each the sixth and twelfth rounds.

Following the win, it was soon announced that Darchinyan would take part in Showtime's four man bantamweight tournament, along with Joseph Agbeko, Abner Mares and IBF Bantamweight Champion Yonnhy Perez. Vic lost in the semi-finals against México's Mares via controversial split decision. Darchinyan dominated Mares in first half of the fight. Mares was knocked down once in the second round and was docked a point in the fourth round for low blows. Mares had been throwing dirty punches the entire fight, however, and continued to do so, being warned 16 more times after the point deduction.[13] The referee continued to turn a blind eye to Mares' low blows and, as a result, Mares started winning rounds. Darchinyan was knocked down once in the seventh round out of pain from low blows. When the win was announced for Mares, the audience seemed surprised, as many felt Darchinyan had won this fight.[14]

In the consolation bout, Darchinyan rocked Perez in round one, knocked him down in round two and was in command all the way. Perez had his moments but wasn't able to hold off Darchinyan's aggression. The bout ended when Perez was cut by an accidental headbutt at 1:07 of round five. Scores were 50-44 on all cards. Darchinyan dedicated his victory to the lives lost in the 1915 Armenian Genocide, as well as the Australians that perished in Anzac Day for the following day. On 24 April, one day after his fight, he joined thousands of Armenian Americans on the streets of Los Angeles in a march to commemorate the Genocide. Vic was later honored at the Armenian National Committee of America Annual Banquet on 26 November.[15] He was rated #1 contender by the WBA shortly after the fight.

In September, for a homecoming bout in Armenia, Vic battered tough African contender Evans Mbamba (18-2, 9 KOs) for twelve one-sided rounds (Darchinyan won 120-107 on two cards and 119-107 on the third), maintaining the mandatory WBA #1 position and gaining WBO #1 spot shortly after. Mbamba was knocked down once in the first round.

In a bantamweight double header (an extension of Showtime's Bantamweight Tournament), Vic faced WBA (Super) Champion Anselmo Moreno on 3 December 2011 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Moreno took adavantage of his longer reach and height by fighting Darchinyan from the outside while ducking and weaving the whole fight. Darchinyan was docked one point in round 4 for throwing Moreno to the ground. Moreno hit Darchinyan with a low blow and was not docked a point, even though the referee gave Darchinyan time to recuperate. The three judges scored a lopsided unanimous decision win to Moreno.

On 6 April 2012, Darchinyan lost to WBC Bantamweight Champion Shinsuke Yamanaka in Yamanaka's home country of Japan. The fight was not without controversy. Darchinyan was slightly ahead on one card and the other two were even after the fourth round. In the fourth, a clash of heads opened a bloody cut on Darchinyan's eyebrow and nose. Yamanaka hit Darchinyan with an elbow on the same eyebrow in round five, severing the cut. The referee was not in line of sight to see this. Blood was pouring more rapidly out of Darchinyan's eyebrow afterward and the ringside doctor examined it. A fight would usually be stopped and given a technical decision at this point, but the cut was controversially ruled to have been caused by a punch by the ringside doctor, who examined the cut in the sixth round, when Darchinyan was ahead on points. Darchinyan, fighting with blood in his eyes for the rest of the fight, lost via decision. The headbutt and elbow thrown by Yamanaka had raised much controversy, as Darchinyan was winning the fight beforehand and his performance seemed to slow down as consequence. The result is currently being protested by Team Darchinyan with photographic proof Yamanaka used an illegal headbutt and elbow.[16]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
52 fights 42 wins 9 losses
By knockout 31 5
By decision 11 4
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
52 Loss 42–9–1 Mexico Sergio Frias KO 2 (8), 2:14 16 Jul 2016 United States Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, US
51 Win 42–8–1 Philippines Cris Paulino RTD 2 (10), 3:00 12 Dec 2015 Australia Perry Park, Brisbane, Australia Won vacant WBC–ABCO super bantamweight title
50 Win 41–8–1 Thailand Prayoot Yaijam TKO 2 (10), 1:08 3 Oct 2015 Australia Perry Park, Brisbane, Australia
49 Loss 40–8–1 Argentina Jesús Cuellar TKO 8 (12), 1:04 6 Jun 2015 United States Stubhub Center, Carson, California, US For WBA (Regular) featherweight title
48 Win 40–7–1 Mexico Juan Jiménez TKO 9 (12), 2:48 7 Feb 2015 Mexico Domo del Palacio Municipal, Chetumal, Mexico
47 Loss 39–7–1 Jamaica Nicholas Walters KO 5 (12), 2:22 31 May 2014 Macau Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR For WBA featherweight title
46 Loss 39–6–1 Philippines Nonito Donaire TKO 9 (10), 2:06 9 Nov 2013 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, US
45 Win 39–5–1 Mexico Javier Gallo TKO 4 (10), 0:26 12 May 2013 United States Uni-Trade Stadium, Laredo, Texas, US
44 Win 38–5–1 Puerto Rico Luis Del Valle UD 10 29 Sep 2012 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, US Won vacant NABF super bantamweight title
43 Loss 37–5–1 Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka UD 12 6 Apr 2012 Japan International Forum, Tokyo, Japan For WBC bantamweight title
42 Loss 37–4–1 Panama Anselmo Moreno UD 12 3 Dec 2011 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California, US Lost IBO bantamweight title;
For WBA (Super) bantamweight title
41 Win 37–3–1 South Africa Evans Mbamba UD 12 3 Sep 2011 Armenia Karen Demirchyan Complex, Yerevan, Armenia Retained IBO bantamweight title
40 Win 36–3–1 Colombia Yonnhy Pérez TD 5 (12), 1:07 23 Apr 2011 United States Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California, US Won vacant IBO bantamweight title;
Unanimous TD after Pérez sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
39 Loss 35–3–1 Mexico Abner Mares SD 12 Dec 11, 2010 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, US Lost IBO bantamweight title;
For vacant WBC Silver bantamweight title
38 Win 35–2–1 Philippines Eric Barcelona UD 12 20 May 2010 Australia Parramatta Leagues Club, Sydney, Australia Won vacant IBO bantamweight title
37 Win 34–2–1 Mexico Rodrigo Guerrero UD 12 6 Mar 2010 United States Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage, California, US Retained WBA (Super), WBC, and lineal super flyweight titles
36 Win 33–2–1 Mexico Tomás Rojas KO 2 (12), 2:54 12 Dec 2009 United States Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage, California, US Retained WBA (Super), WBC, and lineal super flyweight titles
35 Loss 32–2–1 Ghana Joseph Agbeko UD 12 11 Jul 2009 United States BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, US For IBF bantamweight title
34 Win 32–1–1 Mexico Jorge Arce RTD 11 (12), 3:00 7 Feb 2009 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California, US Retained WBA (Super), WBC, and IBF super flyweight titles;
Won vacant lineal super flyweight title
33 Win 31–1–1 Mexico Cristian Mijares KO 9 (12), 3:00 1 Nov 2008 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, US Retained IBF super flyweight title;
Won WBA (Super) and WBC super flyweight titles
32 Win 30–1–1 Russia Dimitri Kirilov KO 5 (12), 1:05 2 Aug 2008 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, US Won IBF super flyweight title
31 Draw 29–1–1 Philippines Z Gorres SD 12 2 Feb 2008 Philippines Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines
30 Win 29–1 Philippines Federico Catubay TKO 12 (12), 2:03 20 Oct 2007 Australia Auburn RSL Club, Sydney, Australia Won vacant IBO and IBF Australasian super flyweight titles
29 Loss 28–1 Philippines Nonito Donaire TKO 5 (12), 1:38 7 Jul 2007 United States The Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Connecticut, US Lost IBF and IBO flyweight titles
28 Win 28–0 Mexico Victor Burgos TKO 12 (12), 1:27 3 Mar 2007 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, US Retained IBF and IBO flyweight titles
27 Win 27–0 Philippines Glenn Donaire TD 6 (12), 1:27 7 Oct 2006 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained IBF and IBO flyweight titles;
Unanimous TD after Donaire was unable to continue due to an accidental elbow
26 Win 26–0 Mexico Luis Maldonado TKO 8 (12), 1:38 3 Jun 2006 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained IBF and IBO flyweight titles
25 Win 25–0 Philippines Diosdado Gabi TKO 8 (12), 2:42 3 Mar 2006 United States Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, US Retained IBF and IBO flyweight titles
24 Win 24–0 Colombia Jair Jimenez TKO 5 (12), 2:23 24 Aug 2005 Australia Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia Retained IBF and IBO flyweight titles
23 Win 23–0 South Africa Mzukisi Sikali TKO 8 (12), 2:28 27 Mar 2005 Australia State Sports Centre, Sydney, Australia Retained IBF flyweight title;
Won IBO flyweight title
22 Win 22–0 Colombia Irene Pacheco TKO 11 (12), 0:44 16 Dec 2004 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, US Won IBF flyweight title
21 Win 21–0 Indonesia Falazona Fidal TKO 2 (8) 16 Apr 2004 Australia Dandenong Stadium, Melbourne, Australia
20 Win 20–0 Thailand Wandee Singwancha KO 4 (12) 12 Dec 2003 Australia Badgery's Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
19 Win 19–0 Indonesia Dozer Tobing KO 1 (10) 3 Oct 2003 Australia Badgery's Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Alejandro Montiel UD 10 8 Aug 2003 Australia Panthers World of Entertainment, Penrith, Australia
17 Win 17–0 Thailand Wandee Singwancha TKO 4 (12) 13 Jun 2003 Australia Auburn RSL Club, Sydney, Australia Retained IBF Pan Pacific flyweight title
16 Win 16–0 Argentina Raul Eliseo Medina TD 8 (12) 11 Apr 2003 Australia Panthers World of Entertainment, Penrith, Australia Retained IBF Pan Pacific flyweight title;
TD after an accidental head clash
15 Win 15–0 Thailand Phises Vor Surapol TKO 3 (12), 2:35 13 Dec 2002 Australia Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Sydney, Australia Retained IBF Pan Pacific flyweight title
14 Win 14–0 Indonesia Albert Resley TKO 3 (8) 9 Nov 2002 Australia Challenge Stadium, Perth, Australia
13 Win 13–0 Indonesia Hamadani Tomagola KO 4 25 Oct 2002 Australia Star City Casino, Sydney, Australia
12 Win 12–0 Thailand Panomdej Ohyuthanakorn TKO 4 (12) 2 Aug 2002 Australia Le Montage, Sydney, Australia Won vacant IBF Pan Pacific flyweight title
11 Win 11–0 Fiji Farzan Ali Jr. RTD 6 (12) 14 Jun 2002 Australia Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia Won vacant Oceanic Boxing Association bantamweight title
10 Win 10–0 Thailand Prasob Nookliang KO 2 (8) 19 Apr 2002 Australia Le Montage, Sydney, Australia
9 Win 9–0 Thailand Win Nationman KO 3 (8) 8 Feb 2002 Australia Le Montage, Sydney, Australia
8 Win 8–0 Thailand Puna Eminent KO 3 (8), 1:11 16 Nov 2001 Australia Nineveh Sports Club, Sydney, Australia
7 Win 7–0 Uganda Sande Kizito TKO 7 (12) 18 Oct 2001 Australia Star City Casino, Sydney, Australia Won vacant Australian flyweight title
6 Win 6–0 Thailand Prasob Nookliang TKO 6 (8) 31 Aug 2001 Australia Sydney Roosters, Sydney, Australia
5 Win 5–0 Australia David Picknell KO 3 3 Aug 2001 Australia The Bellevue Hotel, Sydney, Australia
4 Win 4–0 Uganda Sande Kizito PTS 6 29 Jun 2001 Australia The Bellevue Hotel, Sydney, Australia
3 Win 3–0 Philippines Selvio Glinoco TKO 2 (6) 20 Apr 2001 Australia Le Montage, Sydney, Australia
2 Win 2–0 Australia Hichem Blida PTS 4 9 Feb 2001 Australia Le Montage, Sydney, Australia
1 Win 1–0 Uganda Sande Kizito PTS 6 3 Nov 2000 Australia Star City Casino, Sydney, Australia Professional debut

Titles in boxing

Regional titles
New title IBF Pan Pacific flyweight champion
2 August 2002 – August 2003
Title next held by
Angky Angkotta
IBF Australasian super flyweight champion
20 October 2007 – May 2010
Title discontinued
Title last held by
Efrain Esquivias Jr.
NABF super bantamweight champion
29 September 2012 – May 2013
Title next held by
Nonito Donaire
Title last held by
Argie Toquero
WBCABCO super bantamweight champion
29 September 2012 – July 2016
Minor world titles
Preceded by
Mzukisi Sikali
IBO flyweight champion
27 March 2005 – 7 July 2007
Succeeded by
Nonito Donaire
Title last held by
Mbwana Matumla
IBO super flyweight champion
20 October 2007 – February 2008
Title next held by
Zolile Mbityi
Title last held by
Simpiwe Vetyeka
IBO bantamweight champion
20 May 2010 – December 11, 2010
Succeeded by
Abner Mares
Title last held by
Abner Mares
IBO bantamweight champion
23 April 2011 – 3 December 2011
Succeeded by
Anselmo Moreno
Major world titles
Preceded by
Irene Pacheco
IBF flyweight champion
16 December 2004 – 7 July 2007
Succeeded by
Nonito Donaire
Preceded by
Dimitri Kirilov
IBF super flyweight champion
2 August 2008 – 28 July 2009
Title next held by
Simphiwe Nongqayi
Preceded by
Cristian Mijares
WBA super flyweight champion
Super title

1 November 2008 – 15 October 2010
WBC super flyweight champion
1 November 2008 – 3 August 2010
Status changed
Title next held by
Tomás Rojas
Title last held by
Masamori Tokuyama
Lineal super flyweight champion
9 February 2009 – May 2010
Honorary titles
New title WBC super flyweight champion
Emeritus title

3 August 2010 – May 2010
Title discontinued

Outside of boxing

On 21 September 2008, Darchinyan and fellow boxer Arthur Abraham were honored by Armenian President Serge Sargsyan during a 20th anniversary celebration of the nation's independence. Both men were awarded with medals "For the great services for Armenia" of the first degree.[17]


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