Nonito Donaire def. Vic Darchinyan via KO round 9 2:06
The lead up to this rematch 6 years in the making was all about Nonito Donaire and how he would fare after his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux. But for the majority of the fight, Darchinyan refused to make that the story. Unwilling to be the B side to Donaire, Darchinyan fought hard, winning more of the exchanges with his timing and power. Things were looking pretty rough for Donaire when, in round 9, he finally found a home for his own power shots, dropping Darchinyan. The tough fighter made his way back to his feet, but never regained his senses fully. Donaire kept the pressure on, and the fight was wisely waved off.
It was a great come from behind win from Donaire, no doubt about it. But you have to ask why Donaire needed to come from behind in the first place. For a rebound fight after a loss, this was not one that fills you with confidence that Donaire is indeed back. It will be very interesting to see what is next for him.
Gifs below, courtesy of Zombie Prophet.
Demetrius Andrade def. Vanes Martirosyan via split decision (112-115, 114-113, 117-110)
The HBO broadcast opener was a battle between two undefeated fighters. This one came down to Andrade's superior speed and movement, which Martirosyan ended up being unable to deal with. Martirosyan's game was based on using his counter punching and his power to catch the more aggressive Andrade. And in round 1, it worked, as Andrade was dropped by a well placed counter. But Martirosyan never recreated that moment, and lost an easy decision. The 115-112 scorecard is ridiculous, but what do you expect at this point?
Finally, from the pre-broadcast undercard, here's a great KO from Nicholas Walters, as he takes out Albert Garza with some nasty shots:
Check back later tonight for results and gifs from Mikey Garcia vs. Rocky Martinez.