GLENDALE — His forehead badly marked, his scalp busted open, Artur Bernetsyan might have appeared battered and beaten on Saturday night, but he was most assuredly not, as the evening marked the further ascension of the Glendale boxer.
Facing his strongest test to date, Bernetsyan claimed a six-round unanimous decision against Rynell Griffin in the main event of a card at Silverton Casino & Lodge in Las Vegas.
"This was his biggest test," said George Bastrmajyan, Bernetsyan's manager and cutman out of Glendale Fighting Club.
Bernetsyan (5-0, two knockouts) defeated Griffin (6-3-1, two KOs) in the 133-pound bout by scores of 59-55 on two scorecards and 58-56 on the third. All five of Bernetsyan's fights have come in this, his rookie year as a professional. The Vanadzor, Armenia-native had last fought in June at a card in Hollywood. The subsequent four-month layoff was for no other reason than a couple of fights falling through, according to Bastrmajyan. Bernetsyan's last fight was another unanimous decision, but one in which "The Punisher's" camp was overall disappointed with. Saturday was a different story.