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Full slate of fights lined up for local athletes in ring, cage

Hometown hitters Vanes Martirosyan, Gapo Tolmajyan kick off busy month of action for local boxers, mixed martial artists.

June 01, 2011|From Staff Reports, News-Press

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



The coming week will see the bell rung on an exciting span of local fights in both boxing and mixed martial arts.

Perhaps the biggest bout will come Saturday night when Glendale's favorite pugilist, Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan puts his undefeated record on the line against Saul Roman at Staples Center as part of a live card on HBO.


The night before, however, Kahren Harutyunyan's Art of Boxing promotions will put on another card in Woodland Hills that will feature up-and-coming "Jewel City" prospect Gapo Tolmajyan (10-1, 3 KOs).

Tolmajyan's Glendale Fighting Club stablemate Art Hovhannesyan is then scheduled to take to the ring a week later in arguably his biggest test to date, in which he will make his live television debut on Showtime.

Other fighters with local ties — Manny Gamburyan and Francisco Rivera — also have big bouts on the horizon with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Harutyunyan's Art of Boxing, in association with usual partner Bash Boxing, will put on another card at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, with the War at Woodland Hills IV likely headlined by an eight-round cruiserweight bout between Michael Simms (21-13-2, 13 KOs) and Anatoliy Dudchenko (11-2, 8 KOs), who's fought on all three previous Glendale Glory cards.

Undefeated GFC prospect Artur Bernetsyan (7-0, 2 KOs), who last fought in February, was supposed to make his return to the ring at the War at Woodland Hills IV after venturing back to his native Armenia and undergoing surgery on his nose. But after Bernetsyan's camp determined he was not quite ready yet, Tolmajyan was instead tabbed to take on Juan Suazo (7-4-2, 5 KOs) in a six-round lightweight affair.

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While not advertised to make the HBO television broadcast, Martirosyan's 12-round light middleweight contest against Roman (34-8, 29 KOs) is certainly a pivotal bout for Martirosyan (29-0, 18 KOs) in his quest for a world title bout. The card is headlined by Martirosyan's stablemate at the Wild Card Gym, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 30 KOs) taking on Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs). The other televised bout will be a featherweight fight between Miguel Angel Garcia (25-0, 21 KOs) and Miguel Beltran Jr. (24-1, 17 KOs).

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