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Local fight scene heats up

Martirosyan, Tolmajyan, Rousey and Magakian all have fights on the horizon in ring and cage.

January 16, 2012|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

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

NIGHTMARE, GHOST

RETURN TO RING

Undefeated Glendale boxer Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan's rise to blockbuster fights and title bouts seems to be yet again going slower than hoped for, as Martirosyan is scheduled to fight Troy Lowry on the undercard of an HBO World Championship Boxing event that will feature titlists Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Nonito Donaire on Feb. 4 from the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Not long after on March 16, Glendale boxer Gapo "The Ghost" Tolmajyan, according to his management team at Lights Out Promotions, will take on the undefeated Abraham Lopez in the co-main event of an ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" card.

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The light middleweight Martirosyan (31-0, 19 knockouts), who, like Tolmajyan, trains at the Glendale Fighting Club under Edmond Tarverdyan, along with the Wild Card Gym under Freddie Roach, has long been seeking big bouts and title fights, particularly against champion Canelo Alverez, is set to face Lowry (28-11, 17 knockouts) with Chavez taking on Marco Antonio Rubio and Donaire facing Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in the night's headliners.

Lowry recently stopped a six-bout losing skid with an upset via fifth-round technical knockout over Travis Loveless, who entered the Sept. 16, 2011 bout at 20-0. Lowry has previously fought notables such as Yuri Foreman, Hector Camacho and Andy Lee.

Tolmajyan, a lightweight, is 12-1-1 with three knockouts and is on the heels of a split-decision win over the previously undefeated Daulis Prescott on Dec. 2, 2011. Lopez is an impressive 16-0 with 12 knockouts. The card, according to ESPN's fight schedule, is set to take place at the Morongo Casino in Cabazon.

ROUSEY, MAGAKIAN

WITH BOUTS ON TAP

Former Olympic bronze medalist "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey, who trains out of the Glendale Fighting Club, has landed her biggest mixed-martial-arts fight yet, as she will drop down to 135 pounds to face Miesha "Takedown" Tate for the Strikeforce women's bantamweight championship on March 3 in Ohio.

Before that, Glendale's own Sevak Magakian, a former contestant on "The Ultimate Fighter," is set to take on Alex Garcia on Jan. 28 at a California Fight Syndicate show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Garcia is 12-5, but recently had a six-fight winning streak snapped in July of 2011.

Magakian made his return after a long layoff due to injury on Oct. 29, 2011 in Burbank when he scored a technical knockout win over David Gardner. Magakian is 9-3.

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