Darchinyan tamed in world bout
AUSTRALIA'S Vic Darchinyan has the ring name ''The Raging Bull'', but his crafty Panamanian opponent Anselmo Moreno played the master matador while cruising to victory in their World Boxing Association bantamweight title fight in California.
Vic Darchinyan (left) and Anselmo Moreno. Photo: Reuters
Darchinyan, looking for an early knockout, swung his trademark wild blows and Moreno ducked, weaved and backed away in a highly skilled display of defensive boxing.
As Darchinyan, 35, the short-priced favourite, grew frustrated and tired, the taller and younger Moreno peppered Darchinyan with accurate jabs.
The three judges were impressed and scored the lopsided unanimous points win to Moreno: 120-107, 117-110 and 116-111.
''He was ducking too much and I couldn't fight him,'' Darchinyan, his face bruised and cut, said after Saturday's fight in Anaheim, south of Los Angeles. ''He was going for points. He wasn't going for the knockdown and I lost the fight.''
The 26-year-old Moreno has never been knocked down or stopped in his 34 fight professional career and revealed he set out to frustrate Darchinyan.
''I knew I was going to frustrate and dominate him,'' Moreno, who won the WBA belt in 2008 and has defended it nine times, said.
Moreno is eyeing a fight with Mexican-born Abner Mares who retained his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council bantamweight titles with a unanimous points decision against Ghana's Joseph Agbeko in the main event at Anaheim.
■ World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko's title defence against France's Jean-Marc Mormeck next weekend is in doubt with the Ukrainian to undergo surgery to have a kidney stone removed on Saturday.
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