Two boxers who really don't like each other -- as opposed to two who fake it while trying to promote a fight -- make up the main event of a Showtime card tonight at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
They are Vic Darchinyan and Jorge Arce, who will fight for Darchinyan's three titles at the super flyweight designation of 115 pounds.
Darchinyan, from Australia but originally from Armenia, holds the International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Assn. and World Boxing Council belts. His record is 31-1-1 with 25 knockouts, and his recent reputation is built on his virtual destruction of then-champion Cristian Mijares of Mexico on Nov. 1 at the Home Depot Center. Before that fight, Mijares had defeated Arce.
Arce (51-4-1, 39 knockouts) has been around long enough to hold several titles. He is among Mexico's most popular boxers, especially since his appearance several years ago on a Mexican reality TV show called "Big Brothers," in which 14 people shared a house, all the time on live TV, until the ranks were thinned as people were voted out. Arce lasted until the final three.
"I may not be the best boxer in Mexico," Arce says, "but I'm the most popular."
Darchinyan claims to have chased Arce "all over the world" to get him to agree to a fight. Arce says he didn't fight Darchinyan because he had "better handlers and promoters who were smarter on my behalf and got me better fights."
That, of course, further fanned the flames for Darchinyan and his promoter, Gary Shaw, and the boxers, during a week of appearances and promotions, have been yapping at each other and about each other like a pair of Chihuahuas.
Darchinyan has a huge left hand that he used to destroy Mijares and says he will use it for the same purpose against Arce.
"I'm going to make him look dumb and stupid," Darchinyan says.
Arce feigns indifference and slight annoyance.
"I will win, for sure," he says. "One hundred percent."
The match will be live on Showtime but delayed until 9 p.m. in the Pacific time zone.