Nonito Donaire, behind on the scorecards, stopped Vic Darchinyan in the ninth round of their fight Saturday at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Donaire (32-2, 21 KOs) was even on one scorecard, but behind 78-74 on the other two. He decked Darchinyan in the ninth. Darchinyan (39-6-1) got up, but was eventually stopped after absorbing more punishment, the win going down as a TKO for Donaire.
This was a rematch of their fight in July 2007 won by Donaire via fifth-round knockout.
In another fight, Demetrius Andrade (20-0) of Providence, R.I., won a vacant junior middleweight title with a 12-round split-decision over Vanes Martirosyan (33-1-1) of Glendale.