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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Donaire vs. Darchinyan II: Predictions from around the web


Down below are the predictions from around the web of the rematch between Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire and Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan on Saturday night 9 Nov. 2013 at American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.

Darchinyan had long been waiting for this rematch to happen since he lost to Donaire in 2007. But it took six years before this rematch to finally materialize. Darchinyan was 31 years old when he lost his IBF flyweight title to Donaire via 5th round TKO. Now Darchinyan 37 while Donaire is 31.

In the seven years gap, Darchinyan lost four out of 16 fights. These losses were all by decision. If Darchinyan have hard time moving on to any of that loses in his career, I guess that would be the TKO loss he suffered from the Filipino Flash.

Darchinyan was a proud cocky champion at that time against the then unknown 25 years old Donaire. For Darchinayan, Nonito was just the brother of Glen Donaire, whom he defeated two fights prior to his (Darchinyan) first encounter with Noinito. But then Nonito Donaire knocked him out in a brutal manner with just a single punch. A defeat he has been longing to avenge.

On the other hand, Donaire accumulated another 13 straight victories after that TKO win against Darchinyan, before he was taken to boxing clinic by Cuban 2-time Olympian Guillermo Rigondeaux.

My Prediction:

If you will ask me, I'll go for Nonito Donire to win via stoppage in the middle rounds to Round 7.

Now let's take a look at prediction around the web for Donaire-Darchinyan II. Let's see how boxing pundits look at the fight between a fighter that seeks revenge and to a fighter, fighting to get back his stature.

Prediction from around the web:

Briggs Seekins, Bleacher Report -- Donaire to win by Round 9 TKO.

Niall Doran, Doran's Boxing Blog -- "Donaire by stoppage inside Round 7".

Cliff Rold, Boxing Scene -- "Donaire by stoppage sometime around the ninth".

Scott Levinson, -- "Nonito Donaire wins by unanimous decision".

Badlefthook staff picks:

Ryan Bivins --  "Donaire by stoppage"

Scott Christ -- "Donaire by decision"

Fraser Coffeen, -- "Donaire TKO 8".

Steve Janoski -- "Donaire KO-7".

Dave Oakes -- "Donaire TKO-8".

Ed Tolentino (via twitter) -- "Darchinyan should end up doing his best imitation of sleeping beauty".

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