Vanes Martirosyan's next opponent was unveiled recently, but once again it was who the Glendale-based light middleweight isn't going to fight that has dominated story lines.
Martirosyan has agreed to fight Ryan Davis, but only after his camp turned down a proposed World Boxing Council light middleweight title eliminator bout in early May against Erislandy Lara that effectively ends Martirosyan's protracted pursuit of a world title through the WBC for the foreseeable future.
"It's frustrating because we were OK with the Lara fight, it's just that [the WBC doesn't] want to put it on paper that it's a final eliminator," said Martirosyan (32-0, 20 knockouts), the former WBC No. 1 contender, who is currently ranked third by the WBC and has been seeking a title shot against WBC champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. "We already fought a couple of eliminators. ...We felt like they're just playing games.
"I don't think they ever want to have me fight Canelo."