Vic DarchinyanTuesday, May 25, 2021
Vakhtang "Vic" Darchinyan (born 7 January 1976) is an Armenian professional boxer.
He is a former world champion in two weight classes, having held the IBF flyweight title from 2004 to 2007; and the WBA (Undisputed) and WBA (Unified), WBC, IBF, and lineal super-flyweight titles between 2008 and 2010. Additionally, he has held a record four IBO titles at flyweight, super-flyweight, and twice at bantamweight between 2005 and 2011. A southpaw boxer with a highly unique fighting style and formidable punching power, Darchinyan became the first Armenian to win a world title in 2004.
Darchinyan was born on 7 January 1976, in Vanadzor, Armenia. His father, Ruben Darchinyan, was an Olympic wrestling coach for Armenia. Ruben's name can sometimes be seen on Vic's boxing trunks. Vic has a sister named Liana.
Vic wanted to become a boxer at the age of 5 and dreamed of becoming a world champion in the professionals. His father told him there was no professional boxing in Armenia (or any Soviet countries; this changed when the Union fell in 1991) and instead wanted Vic to follow in his footsteps and take up wrestling. Vic also wrestled as a kid, but always continued to say he would become a world champion someday. He eventually left wrestling in pursuit of his dream to become a world boxing champion.
Darchinyan and his wife Olga, an English teacher, met near an Opera House in Sydney, Australia in 2001. They got married a year later. In 2007, the couple had a son named Ruben II.
Vic began boxing at the age of 8 within the community of Vanadzor, where boxing was very popular. He was trained by the experienced Vazgen Badalyan. Darchinyan's amateur career record was 158-18 with 105 knockouts.Vic fought in many different countries and participated for Armenia in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He went to the third round in the 112 lb division before losing against Bulat Jumadilov of Kazakhstan. Darchinyan moved to Australia after competing in the Olympics and eventually became an Australian citizen later in the same year. Darchinyan turned pro at the age of 24 on 3 November 2000.
Vic Darchinyan won a bronze medal at the 1998 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Minsk. He also won a bronze medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games. In the same year, Darchinyan won a bronze medal at the 1998 Boxing World Cup.