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    Townsville Bulletin
    January 31, 2008 Thursday

    FILIPINO fight fans are lavishing rock star treatment on Australian
    boxer Vic Darchinyan in the lead-up to his world super flyweight
    title eliminator against local hero Z Gorres on Saturday.

    An amazed Darchinyan said he was getting far more recognition in Cebu
    City than in his adopted home of Sydney.

    Before he lost his IBF and IBO flyweight world titles to Nonito
    Donaire last July, the Armenian-born slugger had defeated three
    Filipino fighters and joked last week he might be public enemy No. 1
    in the Philippines.

    "I can't believe how they are treating me very well, they are very
    good," Darchinyan said.

    "They are recognising me here much more than in Australia."

    Darchinyan's manager Elias Nasser said his fighter had been in huge
    demand for autographs and photos.

    "He's like a rock star. It's unbelievable, he gets stopped every step
    he takes," Nasser said.

    "I'm very fit, I'm sharp, my speed is very good, I'm very strong,
    I feel great, I'm ready for everything," Darchinyan said.

    "Vic is absolutely and unbelievably hungry, I truly think that he
    will stop Gorres," Nasser said.

    Darchinyan completed his sparring last Monday in a light session with
    his stablemate Hussein Hussein, who will challenge Donaire in Dubai
    on April 4.

    Donaire will be at Saturday's promotion, which also features unbeaten
    Australia junior lightweight champion William Kickett in a contest
    against Filipino Romeo Jakosalem.