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Rumors still swirl over Martirosyan's next fight

Latest on 'Nightmare' is a likely December bout against Pawel Wolak, maybe in Glendale

more quarterback woes for Reid.

October 05, 2010|From Staff Reports, News-Press

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



Since his unanimous decision win over Joe Greene in June, talk and rumors have swirled about who, when and where Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan will next fight.

From Miguel Cotto to Paul Williams to Sergio Martinez and on and on, internet reports have surfaced in that time rumoring that Martirosyan will fight certain contenders, while the Glendale fighter has personally laid out challenges to others, such as Williams.


The latest is a likely scrap against New Jersey's Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 knockouts) either on Dec. 4 at the Honda Center in Anaheim or on Dec. 18 show on Fox, according to Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum in a story published on Wednesday on AOL Fanhouse.

"We're going to put [Wolak] in with Vanes," Arum said. "That fight will happen either that day, Dec. 4, or within the next two weeks on a [Dec. 18] Fox Show.."

Martirosyan or Kermit Cintron was proposed to fight Cotto, but Cotto decided to sit out the remainder of the year. Powlek on the other hand was tentatively scheduled to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., but that bout fell through, as well.

An article on a day later suggested that Top Rank was contemplating hosting the Fox event in Glendale with the undefeated Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) and Wolak headlining.

Martirosyan, who has been set to travel to the Philippines to spar with Manny Pacquiao, has not confirmed the bout, however, and did not immediately reply to a News-Press text message on Monday.



After watching former star quarterback Donovan McNabb return to Philadelphia for the first time since being traded last offseason, Philadelphia Eagles veteran Coach Andy Reid, a former Glendale Community College football player, saw his current starting quarterback leave in the middle of a 17-12 loss to the visiting Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Michael Vick was diagnosed with a rib cartilage injury in his second and third ribs that he sustained in the first quarter when he was crunched by Washington's Kareem Moore and DeAngelo Hall.

"This is going to be one of those day-to-day, week-to-week (injuries)," Reid told the Associated Press. "We'll just see how it goes and how he feels along the way.

"He's sore. .... It's up high in that second and third rib. And that's what it is and you have ligaments and you have cartilage up there."

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