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Glendale Fighting Club boxers ready to rumble

After an undefeated 2010 for its boxers, the GFC has plenty on tap for 2011

Tologs still No. 1 in state.

January 20, 2011|From Staff Reports, News-Press

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



The year that has passed was quite a successful one for the Glendale Fighting Club in the boxing ring.

Head trainer Edmond Tarverdyan and cornerman/manager George Bastrmajyan's stable of up-and-coming boxers — Art Hovhannesyan, Gapo Tolmajyan and Artur Bernetsyan — combined to go an unblemished 12-0 in 2010. Bernetsyan went 6-0 during his rookie year, while Tolmajyan was 4-0.


Hovhannesyan, after fighting just twice in the past year, is all healed up after an assortment of injuries — the latest a broken hand — and is scheduled to fight on Feb. 25 in Tulsa, OK as part of an ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" card against a to-be-announced opponent.

Tolmajyan (10-1, 3 KOs) is riding an eight-fight winning streak after his only professional loss in 2008 and is scheduled to fight a to-be-determined opponent on Feb. 4 at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez. It will be Tolmajyan's third consecutive fight at the venue.

Bernetsyan (6-0, 2 KOs) already has two tentative fights lined up with a Jan. 28 tilt in San Diego and a Feb. 26 bout in Santa Monica. Like his stablemates', Bernetsyan's opponents are not yet known.

The GFC has also been a training haven as of late for Glendale's biggest boxing star, undefeated NABO and NABF light middleweight champion Vanes Martirosyan.

Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs), who continues to spar at Wild Card Gym while head trainer Freddie Roach is reportedly in Mexico with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., was scheduled to fight on Feb. 5.

On Wednesday, the News-Press confirmed with Martirosyan's manager Steven Feder that Top Rank Promotions is currently exploring new possible dates and opponents after JC Candello (31-10, 20 KOs) pulled out of a matchup that was originally slated for the small town of Maywood at the Maywood Convention Center, although the Agua Caliente Casino and somewhere in the Palm Springs area were also rumored.



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