Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan hasn't been in the ring since early June, but nonetheless, the undefeated light middleweight has taken quite a beating over the past week.
Rather than physical, the abuse heaped on Glendale's most famous fighter in the wake of turning down a proposed Nov. 5 fight in Cancun, Mexico against Alfredo Angulo late last week has been verbal, dished out over the web by sources as varied as Golden Boy Promotions brass, fight fans on Internet message boards and even Angulo himself.
"[Martirosyan] turned it down. He's off the card," Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez told boxingscene.com. of the fight, which was announced Sept. 7 and nixed days later by Martirosyan's camp. "It's a fight the [World Boxing Council] ordered. The money was right. We offered him a good amount of money. We offered him neutral officials, everything. It was going to be in Cancun, HBO was going to televise, but he doesn't want to fight."