Date of birth: 30.04.1994, Vanadzor
Sport: Boxing (75 kg)
Education: Graduated from the Department of Physical Culture of Vanadzor Pedagogical University
Personal trainer: Bagrat Avoyan
Marital status: Married, with a daughter, Louisa
In the family of boxers: Boxing has always been a topic of discussion in our house. Besides Vic Darchinyan, my other uncle, Albert Darchinyan, was also a boxer. When I took my first steps in 2004, Vik was already successful and became a World Champion. I grew up in a boxing environment, so it was a given that I chose it.
The pain of being punched: From an early age, I loved watching boxing matches, but when I started training and getting punched, I didn’t enjoy it so much. Then the competition, the fight, the desire to get stronger began to fascinate me, and I stayed in boxing.
The first tournament: After 2-3 years of training, I realized that I loved it. In 2009, I took part in an international tournament in Moscow for the first time and took the 2nd place. It was huge for me, a completely different world, even the ring seemed different.
The tension: When I was little, I used to think that the tension I felt before the match would pass over time, but it never happened. I give myself a pep talk, realizing and reminding me that it is my job and I must do it well. I control my emotions so that they do not disturb me, but keep me clearheaded instead.
The style: Once I enter the ring, I fully relax, especially when the bell rings. I enter the fight and start studying my opponent. Today, nobody reveals his intentions at once, which is why we conduct intelligence, so to say. I am an attacking boxer and I love to move forward.
Gaining trust: Every success provides a small amount of confidence. Let me use my example to explain that the stronger the boxers I beat are, the higher my self-esteem is, and I realize I can do much more. And you get even ore excited when you can raise the Armenian Tricolor.
Difficult year: It was the day of my fight in London in 2020 when I learned that the ranking tournament would be interrupted. I returned to Armenia with once victory, and remained in quarantine for a long time. Then, harder and worse times came for all of us. The war was a huge blow to the whole nation. Some of my relatives were also on the battlefield. There were times when I wouldn’t train at all, I was depressed and had a hard time getting in the mood.
Small steps toward the tournament: At the end of 2020, I decided to participate in the Armenian championship. I set small goals for myself, paving the way for the big ones. Then I took part in two international tournaments and managed to improve my results. It was a dream to participate in the Olympics, which later became a goal, and when I got a ticket, I was so very happy.
The goal in Tokyo: My main task is to perform well. I have to do my best in the ring. If manage to do it, then it will definitely turn out well; if not - I will not blame myself for anything.
The Olympic Games: I think it is a real holiday and we will be a part of that celebration. To be honest, it does not matter to me whether the games will be held in Tokyo or in another city. The important thing is to perform well.
The Armenian team: Compared to previous games, our team will have fewer participants, but they are strong. When we look at the results of our athletes, we see that they all have worked hard to earn their tickets. This gives me hope that our team will be able to perform well.
Multiple champion of Armenia
3rd prize winner of the 2018 World Cup of Petroleum Countries
Winner of international tournaments
Photos by Emin Aristakesyan