Darchinyan Targets World Title in Another Division

SYDNEY (AP) — Undisputed super flyweight world champion Vic Darchinyan plans to move up a division to chase a boxing world title at a third different weight.

The Australian-based Armenian boxer retained his IBF, WBA and WBC super flyweight titles with an 11th-round technical knockout of Mexico’s Jorge Arce in California on the weekend and returned to Sydney on Tuesday morning.

Darchinyan (32-1-1, 26 knockouts), who won IBF and IBO world titles as a flyweight, said he believed he could win world titles in as many as five divisions.

"I want to be (champion in) three weight divisions, four, five," Darchinyan said. "I don’t want to go to bantamweight and stop."

His manager Elias Nassar told the Australian Associated Press that he wanted to arrange bantamweight world title fights for Darchinyan against either Japan’s WBC champion Hozumi Hasagawa or Ghana’s IBF title holder Joseph Agbeko.

The win over Arce was Darchinyan’s second defense of his IBF title won with a knockout of Dmitri Kirillov in August last year, and the first defense of the WBA and WBC titles added with his knockout of Cristian Mijares in November.

Darchinyan had a small cut near his right eye and doctors had told him the injury would prevent him fighting for at least 60 days.

He said the win over Arce confirmed his place among the leading pound-for-pound boxers in the world.

"I’ve got to be in the top 10, but I don’t want to be (just) top 10," Darchinyan said. "I want to be closer to No. 1."


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