4 HyeFighters will be featured on the April 23rd boxing card at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles. Vic Darchinyan 35(27)-3(1)-1, Artyom Hovhannissyan 12(6)-0(0)-1, Azat Hovhanisyan making is Pro Debut and Vardan Gasparyan 12(6)-2(0)-5 will all be in action!
The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.
Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25 are on sale now and available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at STAPLES Center Box Office. Doors at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE open at 4 p.m. with the first non-televised undercard fight beginning at 5 p.m. PT.
Here is what HyeFighter Darchinyan Had to say:
Q: You’re both coming off disappointing defeats in the Semifinals. What do you have to prove?
DARCHINYAN: In my last fight I showed skills for all 12 rounds and didn’t go bombing for a knockout. But no more, I’m changing my style again. I’m going to knock out everyone in front of me. This time it’s Yonnhy Perez, I’m just coming to knock him out. I’m just coming to destroy him. You will see. People talk about when I moved to bantamweight and say I’m not as powerful as I was at 115 pounds? You will see how powerful I am at bantamweight.
Q: what kind of impact do you think the Armenian community will have on your fight?
DARCHINYAN: “I’m very excited to fight in front of the crowd. It’s great to have because you get more motivated for the fight. I love to fight in America, I love to fight in California. I’ve never lost in California, I love it. The stadium is a nice stadium, a fancy stadium. It’s great to fight here.”
Q: where do you see the fight ending?
DARCHINYAN: “I’m coming to knock him out. He’s a good fighter, it’s nothing personal, I’m just coming to knock him out. I’m just going to punch the left and the right with damaging punches. I’m just coming to destroy him. I’m looking for a knockout in the fourth round. Is it going to happen, I don’t know.
Q: you’re fighting in a consolation fight. Are there any issues with motivation?
DARCHINYAN: “I’m a professional and I’m concentrating on my next opponent. What’s happened in the past stays in the past. I’m just looking forward to this fight.”
Q: Who do you think is going to win between Agbeko and Mares?
DARCHINYAN: “I don’t care about who’s going to win. I just want to fight the winner. I’m looking forward to my next fighter.”
Q: what would you tell your Armenian fans?
DARCHINYAN: “Boxing is about excitement. I’m not coming just to win the fight; I’m coming to bring excitement. I want excitement. I want to fight bigger guys. I want to fight world champions. I want to just prove my point and show everyone how strong I am at the moment. I have my style, I am who I am. I’m just going to show everything in the ring. You’re going to see my punches and you’re going to hear my punches.”
“On the other side of the world in Armenia, April 24 is a very big day for Armenia. It’s the Genocide of Armenia. I want everyone to see this fight and see how motivated I am for this fight. All my team is going to come and remember 1915. It’s a very big day for Armenia.”
DARCHINYAN CLOSING COMMENTS:
“I’m fighting on SHOWTIME. I want to do something special. I want to put all my exciting fights on Showtime. “
Dont miss this fight. If you are in the Los Angeles area, make sure you come out and show your support!!!