Three-time, two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan (38-5-1, 27 KOs), fighting out of Australia, won a dominating decision over previously undefeated Luis "Orlandito" Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super bantamweight title. Darchinyan outworked the 25-year-old Del Valle, who is rated No. 4 by the WBA, effectively pressuring his opponent and repeatedly finding Del Valle's chin with powerful left uppercuts.
"I'm back," Darchinyan exclaimed. "I feel good at this weight; I feel strong. I worked very hard. He's a tough kid. I just felt I was in a different class than him."
"I'm disappointed," Del Valle remarked. "He's extremely awkward. I let him impose his style and he got his confidence early. Every time I went inside, he held me. My hat's off to him. He was the better man tonight."