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Del Valle stepping up to Darchinyan

Undefeated 122-pound prospect tries to make his bones against veteran brawler

Updated: September 27, 2012, 2:46 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Of the fights on Saturday's HBO tripleheader (9:30 p.m. ET/PT) at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn., the one that most intrigues me is junior featherweight prospect Luis Orlando Del Valle taking on battle-tested former two-division champion Vic Darchinyan of Australia.

Puerto Rico's Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs), 25, is a fine prospect with a lot of hunger and a fun fighting style. He is supposed to defeat Darchinyan and add that first big name to his résumé. That's ...

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