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Martirosyan in line for Cotto fight?

Undefeated Glendale boxer could take main-event title spot

two Falcons make college picks.

November 16, 2011|From News-Press, Staff Reports

MARTIROSYAN COULD

FIGHT COTTO

With rumors swirling around the boxing world that a much-hyped rematch between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito could be called off, undefeated Glendale boxer Vanes Martirosyan's name has surfaced as a possible replacement for Margarito, according to multiple boxing websites.

"Getting someone to step in and replace Margarito on short notice will be much easier than thought. Two names instantly stand out, those being Vanes Martirosyan and Pawel Wolak. Both are in shape," Jack Hirsch wrote on boxingnewsonline.net.

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Martirosyan (31-0, 19 knockouts), who has been a speculated opponent for Cotto in the past, currently trains at Wild Card Boxing with Freddie Roach and Glendale Fighting Club with Edmond Tarverdyan. Tarverdyan could not confirm the fight was official, but said the next few days would likely determine whether it was.

Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) is the current World Boxing Assn. super welterweight (154 pounds) champion and is set to defend his title against the controversial Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) on Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

However, problems with the New York State Athletic Commission sanctioning the bout due to rumored health problems with Margarito and concerns over his past discretion in the ring have led to reports that the bout has already been called off. A hearing is set for Friday that will determine if Margarito will receive his license to fight in the state.

Margarito defeated Cotto via 11th-round technical knockout in July of 2008. Thereafter, Margarito was suspended following his bout with Shane Mosley for using illegal hand-wraps, something Cotto accused him of doing in their bout due to a picture that surfaced of Margarito's torn glove and an apparent cracked hand-wrap in their fight.

WOJCIECHOWSKI

PICKS NC STATE

A year ago, Louis Wojciechowski moved from Arizona to Southern California to experience a new level of high school swimming. For the next phase of the Crescenta Valley High senior's standout swimming career, he will migrate clear across the country.

Wojciechowski, the reigning CIF Southern Section Division II 100-yard breaststroke champion, formalized his intent to swim at North Carolina State on National Signing Day, Nov. 9, according to Falcons boys' swimming Coach Jan Sakonju.

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