Vic Darchinyan Commemorates Armenian Genocide with 1915 Trunks, Hood

Vic Darchinyan defeated Yonnhy Perez on Saturday evening at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles much to the delight of the pro-Armenian crowd. Darchinyan won a unanimous decision when the fight was stopped a minute into the fifth round because of a cut Perez sustained following a headbutt. All three judges had it 50-44 in favor of Darchinyan, giving him the win.

It wasn’t just the one-sided performance that Vic had that stood out, it was the way he connected with his culture. On the eve of the 96th anniversary since the Armenian Genocide began, Darchinyan decided to pay tribute to his country by wearing “1915” on his trunks and his hood.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Genocide, it began April 24th, 1915 when the Turkish government arrested over 200 Armenian community leaders in Constantinople. Between 1915 and 1923, an estimated 1-1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Turks in the Ottoman Empire. It is considered to be one of the worst massacres of a group of people in mankind and it will never be forgotten by the Armenian people.

It’s important that a popular figure in the Armenian community like Vic Darchinyan sets a good example for the youth by paying tribute to the tragedy through his gear. He did just that, and in front of a crowd supporting him, he scored a big win. A rematch against Abner Mares, against whom he lost in December, could be up next for the Raging Bull.

Here’s a picture of his 1915 hood and vest:

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Amir Khan Is Super Fast, Paul McCloskey Is an Idiot

Amir Khan beat Paul McCloskey Saturday in Manchester, England in a “controversial” finish. Khan was smothering McCloskey for six rounds when the two butted heads, opening a cut over McCloskey’s eye. The ringside doctor came into examine the eye and ended up stopping the fight after asking how Paul was doing. Khan said in his post-fight interview that he heard McCloskey say he didn’t want to continue. McCloskey bitched in his interview that the fight was stopped when he wanted to keep going. Believe whomever you want in the situation because it’s really irrelevant; the fight would have ended the same way with a one-sided beatdown.

Amir Khan was simply too fast for McCloskey. He threw punches rapidly, displayed excellent handspeed, and had quick feet. McCloskey meanwhile was showboating in the ring, holding his hands down as if he were Roy Jones Jr. in ’95. McCloskey was trying to entertain the crowd and show how slick and cool he was, but he only ended up with a reddened face from the beating he received. Honestly, I cannot believe how stupid this guy was and how poor his gameplan was. Check that, he didn’t have a gameplan. That just makes him even dumber. The fool literally stepped into the ring with a much better and faster opponent, and challenged him to give him his best shot.

I ask you this question: do hyenas run into the lions den to taunt the king of the jungle? Not if they value their life, just like McCloskey didn’t value his win-loss record. And as Amir Khan said after the fight, there’s world class and European class. Khan is world class, McCloskey is not.

Victor Ortiz Sports a Gigantic Sombrero

The fight between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto was pretty darn entertaining but the best part had to have been the gigantic sombrero Ortiz wore into the ring. That thing was straight out of Dumb and Dumber right there. My guess is he’s vying to become the new face of Tapatio Sauce, or he’s hoping to create another flavor of Otter Pops. What would that look like? We have an idea:

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Victor Ortiz Impresses in Win Over Andre Berto, Got Advice from Manny Pacquiao

Victor Ortiz beat Andre Berto by unanimous decision Saturday at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut to win the WBC welterweight title. The action-packed fight featured four knockdowns — Berto went down in the first and sixth while Ortiz was dropped in the second and sixth. Though the bout was heralded on SportsCenter and by Jim Lampley on HBO as a “Fight of the Year” candidate, it was anything but that.

Ortiz was better than Berto in every aspect of the fight. Victor was relentless throughout the fight, constantly moving forward and delivering more punches than a ballot box on election day. He nearly doubled Berto’s output, throwing 696 punches compared to 480, while landing 281 to Berto’s 147. Of his 281 punches landed, 266 were classified as power punches, which is no surprise to anyone who watched the bout.

Ortiz’s motor cannot be understated. Though he took some good shots in the second and sixth and got dropped, he was the best fighter and was in attack mode the entire time. Berto’s balance seemed off from the beginning of the fight when he fell on a trip, and later when he was knocked down in the first. Berto seemed to be flat-footed, confused, and he hung his left hand low for a good amount of the fight. After the bout, he repeatedly said he “just wasn’t there” on Saturday, and that’s exactly how it looked.

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Ray Lewis Says He Would Easily Beat Tom Zbikowski in Boxing Match

Everyone wants a piece of Tom Zbikowski.  Check that — everyone wants to act like they want a piece of him.  Football players hate the thought that they would lose a fight to someone or that there is someone out there that’s tougher than them.  Last month, it was Chad Ochocinco running his mouth (what else is new) and challenging Zbikowski, a professional boxer, to a fight.  Now, teammate Ray Lewis is getting in on the act.

Lewis told the NFL Network, via Pro Football Talk, that he would win a fight against Zbikowski hands down because of their weight differences.  In fact, he said it has been discussed in the locker room before and Tommy agrees with him.

“Zbikowski would lose,” Lewis said. “We’ve already talked about that. Zbikowski is a realist when it comes to the sport. The locker room talk is always that about who can beat who. He’ll be the first to tell you he’s not going to get in the ring with a 250-pound person. That’s crazy!”

No doubt Lewis could do some damage if he landed a haymaker or two, but let’s not forget Zbikowski is a legit boxer who is 3-0 in his career and 2-0 since the lockout.  He’s also scheduled to fight again in two weeks.  My guess is he would find a way to beat Lewis.  Considering he has a legitimate career going in the sport, there’s probably no need to waste his time trying.

Erik Morales Has Questioned His Ability to Beat Marcos Maidana

Erik Morales will face Marcos Maidana Saturday in Las Vegas in his first true test since returning to the ring a year ago. When Maidana watched some of Morales’ comeback fights, he said Morales looked like someone who was coming back from retirement. Apparently Marcos isn’t the only one questioning Morales’ ability.

Between Maidana’s words and the questions from the media, Morales has said he’s expressed uncertainty recently. In a pre-fight press conference, Morales admitted “After so many interviews, I am starting to say to myself, ‘Was this the right decision? Am I the only crazy one that thinks I can win?” But when the media’s not around, he regains confidence saying, “When I am alone at night lying in bed, I start thinking to myself, I am not wrong.”

Morales says he is going to win Saturday and prove all the doubters wrong, but something tells me all the questions are there for a reason. Plus, you have to be 100% confident heading into a fight, especially as an underdog. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think this is the best mentality to have entering a big fight.

Marcos Maidana: Erik Morales Looked Like a Guy Who’s Been Retired

Marcos Maidana and Erik Morales are set to meet on Saturday at the MGM in Las Vegas for the WBA light welterweight title. Maidana is 27 years old, 29-2, and coming off a loss to Amir Khan in December. Before the loss, he had recorded impressive wins over Victor Cayo and Victor Ortiz. Now he’s set to face Erik Morales who’s 34 years old, 51-6, and whose partial claim to fame is going 1-2 in legendary trilogies against Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao. After losing four straight fights from ’05-’07 (including two to Pacquiao), Morales decided to hang up the gloves and he retired for just over two years.

Morales returned to the ring a year ago, has won three fights since, and is now fighting an up-and-comer. During a recent press conference to promote the fight, Maidana was asked for his thoughts on how Morales looked in his three comeback fights. Maidana was not kind, saying “he looked like a fighter that was retired for two years, but that doesn’t take away anything. I’m prepared for the best possible Morales for this fight. I think that he’s going to come.”

Maidana is preparing for the old Morales, but his words point to an issue for Erik — he has a long way to go to get back to his old form. Now if you thought the critical talk was all going one direction, you were wrong.

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