By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In a super flyweight superfight, IBF, WBC and WBA unified champion Vic Darchinyan (32-1-1, 26 KOs) scored a punishing eleventh round TKO over WBA interim champ Jorge Arce (51-5-1, 39 KOs) on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Darchinyan had a big first round rocking Arce with big bombs. Darchinyan continued to punish Arce in round two. Arce turned things around in round three, landing some shots that bloodied Darchinyan. Good action in the fourth, Arce was rocked in the last minute. The rounds continued to be competitive with an edge to Darchinyan. Arce was wobbled in round seven. Round eight was one-sided for the champion as Arce was clearly wearing down. Darchinyan opened a cut over Arce’s right eye in the eleventh as Arce continued to take a beating. The doctor stopped the bout after the eleventh. Scores were 109-100 on all cards. “He surprised me. I didn’t expect a fight from him like this,” said Darchinyan afterward. “He was tough. He is a good fighter. I hit him with some good shots, but he kept coming back. I would have liked to knock him out cold, but this is OK. I am happy. I feel great. Maybe if it goes another round, I knock him out. Arce hit me with some good shots, but I was too strong. I think my speed was a difference. I am ready to fight anybody!”
In an extremely brutal fight, lightweight Antonio DeMarco (20-1-1, 14 KOs) scored a very impressive ninth round TKO over “Kid Diamond” Almazbek Raiymkulov (27-2-1, 15 KOs) to claim the vacant NABO title. DeMarco broke open the bloody and competitive fight in round eight with a violent attack that rocked Raimkulov and it was decided between rounds that Raiymkulov could not continue in the ninth. At the finish, DeMarco was ahead on two scorecards 88-83, and behind on the other 86-85.
Junior Middleweight Vanes Martirosyan (23-0, 14 KOs) remained unbeaten with a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision victory over Billy Lyell. All three judges scored the bout for Martirosyan, 79-73, 78-74, and 80-72. The former US Olympian controlled most of the action, but Lyell came to fight and was able to land counter shots to the head. Lyell’s face at the end of the fight was reddened by the amount of punches he took. It was learned after the fight that Martirosyan may have fractured his left hand in the first round of the fight.
In a very competitive bout with good exchanges between both fighters, Bantamweight Chris Avalos (9-0, 7 KOs) stopped Torrance Daniels (12-9-1, 5 KOs) after the seventh round of a scheduled eight round bout. Despite Avalos scoring knockdowns in the second and seventh rounds, Daniels caught Avalos at times during the bout. Referee Jerry Cantu stopped the bout on the advice of the ringside physician who felt Daniels was in bad shape.
Unbeaten Heavyweight Travis Kauffman (16-0, 13 KOs) stopped “Twin Tyson” Cliff Couser at 2:41 of the first round in a scheduled six round bout. Kauffman hurt Couser, who rarely fought back, on a number of occassions before Couser’s corner threw in the towel, prompting referee Jerry Cantu to stop the bout. Couser is now 26-18-2, 14 KOs.
Middleweight prospect Omar Henry (3-0, 3 KOs) impressively stopped Francisco Martinez (0-3) at 57 seconds of the first round. After hurting Martinez with a left hook, Henry landed a four-punch combination that dropped his opponent. Referee Tony Crebs immediately waved the fight over.