GLENDALE — In what had to be nothing short of a boon of encouragement and validation to Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum recently made a pitch to HBO for a March 12 fight between the undefeated Glendale boxer and one of the biggest names in the light middleweight division, World Boxing Assn. champion Miguel Cotto.
Unfortunately for Martirosyan's hopes of landing a long-sought fight with the high-profile Puerto Rican, HBO declined to televise the card, according to a report Thursday from ESPN's Dan Rafael, which was confirmed by Martirosyan's manager Steven Feder.
"Bob made a good attempt to try and get that fight, but our job is to get back in the ring and get busy again and that's what we're going to do," said Feder, who replaced Shelley Finkel as Martirosyan's manager when the latter retired in November. "We've waited around long enough and now the No. 1 thing is to get Vanes back in the ring."