Cristian Mijares vs Vic Darchinyan
Darchinyan was the aggressor from the outset, getting inside his fellow left-hander with big punches including a left uppercut that knocked Mijares down in the first round. With his unorthodox crouching style, Darchinyan seemed to puzzle Mijares, who was often content to counterpunch rather than attack. appeared to be rejuvenated in the seventh round, by far his most active. Mijares connected on several jabs and even egged on Darchinyan, gesturing for him to punch back. The round ended with both fighters animatedly confronting each other, but by the eighth round, Darchinyan had imposed his will for good. The bout ended with a spectacular ninth round knockout when Darchinyan laid out Mijares with a huge straight left hand. Mijares suffered puffs under each eye.