By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (34-2-2, 27 KOs) will clash with durable Filipino Eric “The Maverick” Barcelona (51-17-4, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds for the vacant IBO bantamweight title at the Parramatta Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia on May 20. Barcelona dropped a ten round decision in his most recent ring appearance when Kohei Oba outscored him in Japan in March. Darchinyan is confident of beating Barcelona. “I have never seen him fight but I heard he has never been stopped in 70 fights,” Darchinyan said. “I’m sure it will be a good fight. My training has been good and I am in good shape for this fight.”
In 2005 Darchinyan became the first world flyweight champion since Salvatore Burruni in 1965 to hold two organizations titles and in November 2008 he became first undisputed unified super flyweight champion when he KO’d WBC/WBA champion Cristian Mijares.
Darchinyan represented Armenia at the Sydney 2000 Olympics in Australia defeating Russian Ilfat Ryazapov by 20-11 and lost to Bulat Jumadilou of Kazakstan 8-15. Darchinyan’s amateur record was 158-18, 105 KOs).
Darchinyan is managed By Elias Nasser and promoted by Gary Shaw. The Darchinyan vs Barcelona will be televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Cable television network.