Darchinyan Punishes Del Valle en-route to Unanimous Decision Victory

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September 29, 2012 – Former three division world champion, Vic Darchinyan (38-5-1, 27 KOs), showed he had another win left in him as he took on undefeated Puerto Rican sensation, Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-,1,0, 11 KOs), on HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®.




Darchinyan, known as the “Raging Bull” was returning from back to back losses to Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka(16-0-2, 11 KOs) and Panama’s Anselmo Moreno (33-1-1, 12 KOs) in world title fights. He was entering the ring against a much younger fighter and with questions looming if the former champ still had the fire.
From the opening bout Darchinyan was the aggressor, landing hard overhand rights and a series of body shots that Del Valle absorbed impressively. He showed the heart of a true Puerto Rican warrior but found himself getting out hustled by the veteran.

Del Valle managed to land a hard shot in the ninth that almost changed the tempo of the fight but he came on too late. He was not able to get a rhythm in the bout and had a hard time adapting to the awkward style of Darchinyan. What really hurt him was his lack of mobility which Darchinyan took full advantage of.

Darchinyan walked away with a new set of hardware and a well deserved unanimous decision in a bout that kept spectators entertained with non-stop action from both fighters.

Weights: Rodriguez-Escalera, Del Valle-Darchinyan & More






L-R: Joe DeGuardia, Jason Escalera, Edwin Rodriguez & Lou DiBella


MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (September 28, 2012) – The official “Road To Glory” weigh in was held today for tomorrow night’s special HBO Boxing After Darktripleheader, airing live from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.


“Road To Glory,” is headlined by a 10-round title bout featuring undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs), fighting out of nearby Worcester, Massachusetts, defending his United States Boxing Association (USBA) against unbeaten power-puncher Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KOs), of Union City, New Jersey.


Also fighting on the HBO BAD show is undefeated Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) vs. former three-time, two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs), in the 10-round co-feature for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super bantamweight title.


Undefeated contender Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs), of Newark, New Jersey. will open the HBO telecast as he takes on Quebec’s WBC #8 rated Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7KO’s) for the vacant NABF welterweight title.


The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions.  All three bouts will be aired on HBO’s Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.


At the weigh in, DiBella Entertainment presented birthday presents to main event fighter Edwin Rodriguez’ twins, Serena and Edwin, Jr., who turn six tomorrow. The entire room of people serenaded the twins with an impromptu version of Happy Birthday.


L-R: Lou DiBella, Luis Del Valle, Vic Darchinyan & Gary Shaw
Alex Perez (R) & Antonin Decarie
Danny O’Connor (R) & Josh Sosa




Main Event – USBA Super Middleweight Championship (10) – HBO

EDWIN RODRIGUEZ (21-0, 14 KOs), Champion, Worcester, MA   166 LBS.

JASON ESCALERA (13-0-1, 12 KOs, Challenger, Union City, NJ   165 LBS.


CO-FEATURE – Vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Championship (10) — HBO

LUIS ORLANDO DEL VALLE (16-0, 11 KOs), Newburgh, NY   122 LBS.

VIC DARCHINYAN (37-5-1, 27 KOs), Sydney, Australia   121 LBS.


WBC International Welterweight Championship (10) — HBO

ANTONIN DECARIE (26-1, 7 KOs), Champion, Laval, Quebec, Canada   147 LBS.

ALEX PEREZ (16-0, 9 KOs), Challenger, Newark, NJ   146 LBS.


Super Lightweights (8)

DANNY O’CONNOR (18-1, 6 KOs), Framingham, MA   142 LBS.

JOSH SOSA (10-3, 5 KOs), Kansas City, KS   140 LBS.   140 LBS.


Super Featherweights (8)

RYAN KIELCZEWSKI (13-0, 2 KOs), Quincy, MA   130 LBS.

JEREMY McLAURIN (9-3, 5 KOs), Coon Rapids, MN   130 LBS.


Super Bantamweights (8)

LUIS ROSA, JR. (10-0, 5 KOs), New Haven, CT   122 LBS.

VICTOR VALENZUELA (8-3, 1 KO), Patterson, NJ   122 LBS.


Female Heavyweights (6)

SONYA LAMONAKIS (6-0-2, 1 KO), Turner Falls, MA   237 LBS.

TANZEE DANIELS (4-1-1, 1 KO), Queens, NY   225 LBS.


Light Heavyweights (8)

ISSAC CHILEMBA (19-1-1, 9 KOs), Johannesburg, South Africa   177 LBS.

RAYCO SAUNDERS (22-16-2, 9 KOs), Pittsburgh, PA   175 LBS.


“Road to Glory,” promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Promotions, is the highly anticipated HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, featuring some of the brightest young fighters in all of boxing looking to continue on their paths toward their respective world championships.  The card will take place on Saturday, September 29, at MGM Grand at Foxwoods.  Limited tickets are still on sale now and can be purchased through the Foxwoods box office by calling 1 (800) 200-2882. Tickets are priced at $45, $75, $100 and $200.

Darchinyan Aiming to Crush Del Valle’s Dreams

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September 26, 2012 – Gary Shaw Productions former three division world champion, Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs), and undefeated Puerto Rican sensation, Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs), will battle for the vacant NABF super bantamweight title is Saturday September 29, 2012.  The fight will be televised live on HBO BOXING AFTER DARK® beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Darchinyan, known for being a warrior in the ring with a never say die approach to boxing, is looking to get back in the win column after losing to Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka (16-0-2, 11 KOs) and Panama’s Anselmo Moreno(33-1-1, 12 KOs) in back to back world title fights.

“I’m the ultimate road warrior” said Darchinyan. “I’ve traveled all over the world to scrap with the best fighters in my division.  This Saturday will be no different when I step in the ring with Del Valle.  I’m looking forward to giving him his first loss while I get myself back into title contention.”

“Del Valle better be ready for a rough fight because I’m coming hard every round.  Gary should not have invested his money in DelValle, because it was a bad investment and he is going to lose his money.”

 Darychinyan’s promoter Gary Shaw believes Vic has nothing to lose and will give Del Valle all he can handle.

“Right now Darchinyan has his back against the wall and he’s going to give every ounce of energy to win this fight,” stated Gary Shaw. “Del Valle is a great young fighter with a tremendous amount of talent, but he’s never been in the ring with an experienced fighter like Vic.  I’m expecting an exciting fight this Saturday between these two and I won’t be surprised if Darchinyan comes out victorious.”

In the super middleweight main event, Edwin Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KO) will face Jason Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KO).   The opening bout will be a welterweight clash between Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KO) and Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7 KO).