The last time that we saw a professional boxer make an appearance in the cage it didn’t go over so well for him. However, it is still a large question in real fight fans’ minds of whether a professional boxer’s hand skills can translate successfully into the MMA world granted that that boxer enter the sport with the proper amount of respect and knowledge.
Vic Darchinyan, 38-year-old former WBC, WBA super flyweight, and IBF champion, is up to the task as he is preparing to make his MMA debut in Australia.
Darchinyan has been considering a career in MMA for some time now.
According to his coach Edmond Tarverdyan, “They actually gave him a fight in Australia already. It’s good pay, he’s happy and he wants to do it.”
The details as to who and where are still in question however, the bout is expected to take place sometime this spring and will be set in the flyweight division.
Darchinyan is expected to begin his training with the Glendale Fighting Club sometime next week, but according to Tarverdyan, Vic is coming in with a similar mentality as to most boxers. Something that might get Darchinyan into trouble in a cage.
“He told me ‘I’m coming around there, and I’m being honest, I just need three or four inches, and then I’ll punch somebody and break somebody’s jaw, even on the ground,’” said Tarverdyan. “I’m like, Vic, ‘it’s not all about a couple inches,’ he goes, ‘no, no, no, all I need is just a little bit of distance, and when I hit him I’ll break him.’”
A strategy that may get him into some trouble against a mixed martial artist.
However, with a record of 39-6-1 in his professional boxing career it’s not crazy to assume that his striking skills may be enough to keep him alive.
So, lets hear it Penn Nation! Do you think that Darchinyan’s boxing skills will be enough to lead him to victory in his MMA debut? Or can we prepare to see another James Toney performance? Give us your thoughts!