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Martirosyan has new gym, new fight in the works

Glendale boxer set to fight again in December

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September 21, 2010|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

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

MARTIROSYAN NEW OWNER OF LOCAL GYM

Undefeated junior middleweight boxer Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan is days away from leaving for the Philippines to join Manny Pacquiao's training camp as a sparring partner for the current champ in preparation for his October fight with Antonio Margarito. Paquiao and the 28-0 Martirosyan both train at Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym.

Though no particular date, location or announcement has been made, Martirosyan also told the News-Press that he will likely be fighting in December and an official announcement of the bout is forthcoming.

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One of Martirosyan's potential opponents is Miguel Cotto. On Monday, Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum told AOL Fanhouse that Cotto was weighing his options.

"Cotto is going to decide whether he'll fight [Kermit] Cintron or Martirosyan or not fight until next year. They told me today that Cotto is weighing his options, and that we'll know [Tuesday]" Arum told Fanhouse.

"Martirosyan called us. His trainer, Freddie Roach, called us when he realized that we wouldn't do Cotto-[Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.] this year, and he said to consider Vanes for Cotto's potential opponent. So we put Vanes into the hat and the Cintron people wanted to fight Cotto. And we gave the choice to Cotto, and he has to determine which of those two guys that he wants to fight or neither. I'll leave that up to Miguel."

Before venturing east to the Philippines, Martirosyan, a Glendale resident, made sure to attend to a piece of business very near to his heart, purchasing Glendale's own Main Event Gym.

"It was one of my dreams to have a gym like this, especially in Glendale," said Martirosyan of the facility where numerous local mixed martial arts fighters and boxers train. "This is where I started boxing and I always wanted to give something back to Glendale."

Martirosyan said the gym will offer classes and training in wide variety of fighting disciplines, including mixed martial arts, karate, ju-jitsu, wrestling and kickboxing.

"I just want everyone to come in and do what they want and feel comfortable," said Martirosyan, who will be involved in youth instruction at the gym. "I'm trying to create future champions."

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