Donaire-Darchinyan II, Garcia-Martinez presser streamed live
Top Rank had a live stream of Wednesday’s press conference for the Nov. 9 tripleheader to include RING featherweight champion Mikey Garcia challenging WBO junior lightweight beltholder Roman “Rocky” Martinez, as well as Nonito Donaire‘s 126-pound debut in a rematch with Vic Darchinyan.
Taking place at the site of the fight at The American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, the press conference was available starting at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT on www.TopRank.com by clicking here.
Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs) is the WBO’s mandatory challenger to face Martinez (30-1-1, 20 KOs), who is coming off a split-decision victory over previously unbeaten Diego Magdaleno in April, which followed a split draw with Juan Carlos Burgos in January.
A Mexican-American boxer-puncher from Oxnard, Calif., Garcia, 25, is coming off January’s eighth-round technical decision over Orlando Salido, which was followed by June’s fourth-round stoppage of former titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez.
Garcia was overweight prior to his contracted 126-pound bout with Lopez, costing him his WBO belt at the scales.
Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) was dethroned as RING 122-pound champion and WBO beltholder in his last fight by Guillermo Rigondeaux, who also holds the WBA title.
Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) has won two straight since losing consecutive unanimous decisions to Anselmo Moreno and Shinsuke Yamanaka, and is coming off a fourth-round stoppage win over Javier Gallo in May.
Darchynian was the unbeaten IBF flyweight titleholder in July of 2007 when Donaire scored a fifth-round knockout against him.
The card will also feature junior middleweight clash between Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) and Demetrius Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) for the WBO’s vacant belt.
Tickets to the Martinez vs. Garcia world championship event will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. CT., and will be priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable charges. They can be purchased at the American Bank Center Box Office (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-to-6 p.m.), and at all Ticketmaster Outlets (HEB Stores), ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Photos by Chris Farina, Top Rank
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