Garcia Breaks Rocky, Donaire Stops Darchinyan & Andrade Captures Title

By: Steve Gallegos

Photo Credit: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Martirosyan vs Andrade

Last night’s HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader in Corpus Christi, TX provided lots of action. Demetrius Andrade looked very good outboxing Vanes Martirosyan en route to a 12 round split decision. Despite being knocked down early, Andrade looked sharp, boxed smartly and avoided dangerous exchanges. The judge who scored the fight for Martirosyan, really needs his eyes checked as there was no way you could have scored this fight for Vanes.

 

 

 

Donaire vs Darchinyan

The best fight of the night was in the 2nd bout of the evening as Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan fought a long awaited rematch of their 2007 bout in which Donaire upset Darchinyan with a stunning 1 punch knockout. During the early stages of this fight it was a war of nerves as both fighters were very tentative. Both fighters would have moments in which they rocked each other and it was a fairly even fight going into the 9th. Nonito Donaire didn’t seem like his head was in the fight and his corner was pleading with him to step it up and he did in the 9th by landing a hard one punch bomb that put Darchinyan down. Vic was able to get up and beat the count but his legs were gone and Nonito stepped in and sealed the deal. A great win for nonito, who called out Guillermo Rigondeaux for a rematch. After the way he was outclassed in his their last fight, I don’t think that’s the best fight to take. Nonito needs to move forward and fight other good fighters in the featherweight division.

 

Martinez vs Garcia

The main event between Mikey Garcia and Rocky Martinez had all the makings of a classic and fireworks were expected. It didn’t turn out to be the all out slugfest we hoped for but it was still a fun fight to watch. Martinez who is normally a come forward pressure fighter, elected to try and out box the boxer, Garcia and had some early success. He even dropped Garcia with a short right hand in the 2nd. Other than that, it was all Garcia, who was able to weather the early assault and began picking Martinez apart. Rocky didn’t put the pressure on like many expected and elected to box more which was not to his favor. Garcia ended the bout in the 8th with a beautiful body shot that left Martinez on his knees unable to get up. A great win for Garcia in a very good 2013. The future looks bright for this young star. All in all a good night at the fights in Corpus Christi and HBO’s fall boxing lineup continues to provide action and drama.

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