All 5 HyeFighters, Vic Darchinyan, Agnesse Boza, Azat Hovhannesyan, Gabriel Tolmajyan and Hovhannes Zhamkochyan make weight for ther respective matches in Armenia set for Saturday September 3rd.
Azat Hovhannisyan (Armenia) 55kg 30gr vs Sergei Pasimov (Lithuania) 55kg 25gr.
Gabriel Tolmajian (Glendale, CA via Armenia) 60kg 800gr vs Yevgeni Fedorov (Estonia) 60kg 100gr.
Hovhannes Zhamkochyan (Armenia) 60kg 900gr vs Mikhail Gogoashvili (Georgia) 60kg 700gr.
The event will also feature female boxers, with an Armenian-born Agnesa Boza to combat Marina Sakharova of France.
The venue is nearly sold out and the atmosphere is electric. The support of the hometown fans has been unparalleled.
“I’m very happy that the president is going to be here and the opposition is going to be here, I’m very excited,” Darchinyan told AAP from Armenia where he has been training for seven weeks.
“The president is overseas, he’s arriving Saturday and coming straight to my fight.
“We’re going to have a full stadium, it’s very exciting.”
Darchinyan (36-3-1, 27 KOs) was adamant he wouldn’t be weighed down by the expectations of a nation keen to see the victorious return of a conquering hero from overseas.
“I’m not thinking there’s too much pressure on my shoulders,” Darchinyan said.
“I will go to the ring and all I see is my opponent.
“The president and government ministers are going to be at the fight, I’m a professional, I’m just going to be focused on my fight.”
Southpaw Mbamba 29, (18-1, 9 KOs) suffered his only professional loss in a points decision in a WBC interim super flyweight title fight against Mexican Tomas Rojas, a fighter Darchinyan knocked out in two rounds.
“I saw him (Mbamba) on YouTube, he’s a puncher, he loves to come forward and punch,” Darchinyan said of Mbamba.
If he wins on the weekend Darchinyan said his next bout could be in the United States in December.