Despite the slow start we did see some fire at the end of round 4, though it merely seemed to build Darchinyan's confidence and the Armenian then looked like a man who was there to prove a point. With Darchinyan looking determined it was rather sad to see Donaire looking like a shadow of his former self.
Thankfully, for the career of Donaire, he managed to pull it out of the well in round 9 as he went on an all out offensive and stopped Darchinyan, though Donaire doesn't look half the fighter he once was. In fact Donaire didn't even look close to the fighter who scored the 2007 Ring Magazine Upset of the Year when he first faced Darchinyan.
Unfortunately with the current issues in the Philippines it's probably fair to say that Donaire had other things on his mind, though this looked like a man who wasn't sure of himself in the ring.
Also in the US, albeit on a different show, Charlie Ota (24-1-1,16), the former Japanese Light Middleweight managed to defeat Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9) via close majority decision. The Japanese based American, fighting in the US for just the second time, was given a very close contest and one that may see him wanting to return to action in Japan rather than the US.
On the card as Ota there was an unexpected draw for Urmat Ryskeldiev (6-3-1, 5) who managed to inflict the first mark on the record of American Patrick Day (5-1, 2). An impressive result in all honesty for the man from Kyrgyzstan who came in to this bout on back-to-back stoppage losses.