'Nightmare' leads off huge month of fights


Martirosyan, Darabedyan bookend a June filled with fights

locals in NCAA tourneys on the small screen

Rebels net all-league honors.

June 02, 2010|From Staff Reports | News-Press

GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.


Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan will not only be squaring off with "Mean" Joe Greene in the biggest fight of his young career on Saturday night, but the Glendale boxer will also begin quite a stretch of local boxers and mixed martial artists taking to their respective rings and cages.

Martirosyan (27-0, 16-0 KOs) will face Greene (24-0, 13 KOs) live on HBO with the broadcast beginning at 7:15 p.m.

As it relates to local fighters, the month will close on June 20 with MMA fighter Karen Darabedyan (9-2) facing Will Kerr (8-2) at World Extreme Cagefighting's first event in Canada. The card will air live on Versus at 6 p.m., but Darabedyan's fight is currently scheduled for the unaired prelims, but could make air pending on the duration of the main card fights.


In between, MMA fighter Roman Mitichyan and boxer Artur Bernetsyan are part of a hybrid card on June 12 at the Hollywood Palladium put on by MEZ Sports.

And, tentatively scheduled, Art Hovhannesyan will box on June 18 in St. Louis against an as-of-yet undetermined opponent just six days after Vardan Gasparyan is set to box in St. Louis.


Softball players Baillie Kirker of the University of Arizona and Kathryn Poet of Missouri, along with baseball player Christian Bergman of UC Irvine, are all slated for NCAA tournament action this week.

On Thursday, Poet and the Tigers (51-11) will lead off the Women's College World Series with a game against Hawaii (49-14) that will air live on ESPN and at 1 p.m.

Kirker and Arizona (48-11) will take on Tennessee (47-13) later in the day with a scheduled 7 p.m. start. That contest is to be televised on ESPN2 and can also be seen on

Bergman and Irvine will begin play in the NCAA baseball tournament at the Los Angeles Regional against LSU (40-20) at 5 p.m. on Friday. The series, which continues through the weekend with an if-necessary game on Monday, is not set to be televised. However, UC Irvine's home web site — — offers a game tracker option.


Three members of the Flintridge Prep boys' tennis squad were named to the All-Prep League team.

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