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Local fighters go four for five at Rage event

Bernetsyan, three others grab victory at Thursday’s King of West card; Avagyan falls in fight of the night.

May 08, 2010|By Grant Gordon

HOLLYWOOD — Taking the latest step in what’s quickly becoming a promising career, Glendale boxer Artur Bernetsyan remained undefeated with a dominant knockout win late Thursday night as one of four fighters with local ties claiming victory at King of the West Promotions’ debut event, Rage Against the Ropes, at the Circus Disco in Hollywood.

“The whole point of fights like this is getting better,” said Bernetsyan’s trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan. “It’s step by step.”

Bernetsyan continued his ascent with a second-round knockout of Nick Brannie, while the Glendale-trained trio of Andy Dermendyan, Haik Tsaturyan and Jared Papazian were victorious in their mixed martial arts bouts.

The only defeat to be had for a local fighter came when Glendale resident Vacho Avagyan was knocked out in the third round of his boxing bout with Richard Contreras in what was later named the promotion’s fight of the night.


The nine-fight card featured a mix of boxing and MMA and the debut presentation for King of the West, which is co-promoted by Roma Kalantaryan, the proprietor of the Main Event Sports Club in Glendale. The taped broadcast also featured commentary from undefeated Glendale boxer Vanes Martirosyan and World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight Karen Darabedyan.

Bernetsyan (3-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Tarverdyan’s Glendale Fighting Club, had a gameplan to settle down and box and use his body punches. Both elements came to play in a dominant victory in the welterweight fight some 14 pounds north of the 130 pounds Bernetsyan generally fights at. His original opponent backed out at the last minute due to a death in the family.

Brannie (1-5) promptly stepped up and was soon knocked down.

Bernetsyan rocked Brannie late in the first round with a right hook right on the chin and the Armenian southpaw followed with a straight left that floored Brannie, who just made the count right as the bell to end the first round sounded.

Brannie came out swinging in the second, but for the most part, Bernetsyan resisted engaging in a brawl. Bernetsyan began working the body with a damaging left hook to the ribs that hurt Brannie. Shortly after a stream of body shots had worn down Brannie, Bernetsyan went upstairs with a right hook that ended the fight.

“He’s gonna be very durable,” Tarverdyan said of his prodigy. “He throws a lot of punches, he’s constant. He’s got great body punches.”

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