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Vic 'Raging Bull' Darchinyan still raging on

Already owning a career filled with knockouts and titles, Vic Darchinyan has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

November 07, 2013|By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the Glendale News-Press
  • Boxer Vic Darchinyan trains at the Glendale Fight Club on November 1. Darchinyan will get the rematch hes craved for so long when he faces off with Nonito The Filipino Flash Donaire in a 10-round featherweight (126 pounds) bout on Friday in Texas. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Boxer Vic Darchinyan trains at the Glendale Fight Club…

Vic Darchinyan has been, is, and always will be a loud trash-talker.

He's flung insults at his opponents, calling one foe a coward for refusing to stand toe-to-toe with him in the center of the boxing ring. He's said that one of his counterparts had been hit in the head so much that he was dumb. He's promised bouts that would not only end in victories, but would end the in the destruction of a challenger who dared to face him.

Darchinyan has used just about every appropriate word and saying that could be used to berate a fighter on television, in print or online.

In sum, the Armenian fighter who calls Australia his home and the Hilton Hotel in Glendale — where he trains with Glendale Fighting Club proprietor Edmond Tarverdyan — his “second home,” has done what he has had to do to promote his fights. That's what boxers do. That's what Darchinyan has always done.

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He's usually backed up his words with wins, too. Many of Darchinyan's victories have come via vicious knockouts that have resulted from his all-action style that has drawn fans to see his televised fights and brought viewers to arenas to see him in person. After all, he is a former three-division champion with a 39-5-1 record with 28 knockouts.

But spend time talking to him and take additional time just looking at his interaction with strangers, kids, friends and trainers, and you'll see a 37-year-old boxer who resembles a teddy bear instead of one who is billed as a “Raging Bull.”

Darchinyan smiles, he laughs and reminisces about his past, including his titles, the limelight of fans and media, the meetings with Armenian presidents, and the 300-plus amateur and professional fights.

He talks about the parts of his life that mean the most to him: his wife and his son.

His son, Ruben, has the same name as Darchinyan's father, once a proud Olympic wrestling coach in his native Armenia who tried to steer his son toward a wrestling career before his stubborn 5-year-old decided that being a world champion in boxing would be his future.

Ruben is just 6 and has traveled with his dad to America a number of times. Darchinyan has taken his son to 11 other countries. With his dad's fighting career taking him from one continent to another, Ruben has enjoyed sight-seeing with both of his parents, but stayed back home for this trip.

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