A TALE of two trash-talking tyros is set to culminate in a bloody war when newly crowned super-flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan signs a deal to fight Jorge Arce.
Sydney’s Darchinyan has been campaigning for two years to fight Arce, a rugged power-puncher from Mexico, and a deal could be reached today to stage the fight in March.
Darchinyan’s brutal knockout victory over Cristian Mijares in Los Angeles at the weekend makes him just the second undisputed boxing champion Australia has produced, following Kostya Tszyu. He is also the only current undisputed champion in any weight division in boxing, now holding the WBA, WBC and IBF super-fly belts.
Darchinyan’s manager, Elias Nasser, said he expected Arce to sign on for the fight today.
"It would be on the first Saturday in March, in LA or Las Vegas," Nasser told the Herald from Los Angeles last night. "If Arce doesn’t sign up, Vic will move up in weight and fight for the WBC or WBA [bantamweight] title.
"Vic is champing at the bit to get Arce. He will destroy him, I can promise you. I was more worried about Mijares than I would be about Arce. In fact, he will retire Arce after this fight."
There is plenty of bad blood between the pair, widely noted as the two biggest punchers in the super-fly division. Arce referred to Darchinyan as a "fraud" three months ago but would be compelled to fight him now the Australian holds the three belts.
Darchinyan destroyed Mijares via a ninth-round knockout.