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July 31 2008

Vic Darchinyan talked a big game in the days leading up to his world
championship showdown with Dimitri Kirilov on Saturday, but can he back
up those challenging and threatening words after his last two outings?

Dimitri "The Baby" Kirilov (29-3-1, 9 KOs) will defend his
International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight against title
against former IBF flyweight champion and knockout artist Vic "Raging
Bull" Darchinyan (29-1-1, 23 KOs) live this Saturday on SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

In the co-feature, U.S. Olympian and undefeated prospect Andre "The
Matrix" Dirrell (15-0, 10 KOs) will put his flawless record on the
line against fellow unbeaten Mike "The Persecutor" Paschall (17-0-1,
4 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight brawl.

The telecast will originate from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma,
Wash., and is promoted by Gotham Boxing, Inc.

Here's what the fighters had to say just two days before they battle
in the ring:


"Darchinyan has a very unorthodox style, but it makes no difference. I
will fight the way I always have. I will use my boxing skills and
strategy to keep him off me.

"It does not matter how much power he has or he says he has. I've been
in the ring with big punchers before. Whatever Vic Darchinyan has,
it's not enough to beat me.

"Freddie (Roach, his trainer) tells me 'The bigger they punch, the
harder they punch, the harder they fall.'

"I feel very at home in Tacoma and I'm looking forward to defending
my title on Saturday."


"Kirilov has never been KO'd before. He's going to get his first
knockout this Saturday.

"I have not made any changes in my game plan. Against Nonito Donaire, I
just got caught, that's all. If anything, I am more focused than I ever
was before. My left hand is much stronger. My right hand is faster.

"I never respect my opponents before I fight them. I respect them
only after I knock them out. I help them wake up and help them to
their corner.

"I am here as a proud rep of my home town of Vanadzor, Armenia. I am
also very proud to fight out of Australia.

"I am here to put on another exciting show for SHOWTIME. I am going
to fill up your highlight reel.

"Everyone at the Emerald Queen Casino is going to hear my punches,
lefts and rights. The people come out to watch the KO and that's what
I am here for.

"Freddie Roach (Kirilov's trainer) says I am predictable. The only
thing he can predict is that his boy is going to get knocked out."

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress