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Vanes Martirosyan ready for Ryan Davis at Home Depot Center

Boxing: Glendale native will take on Ryan Davis in his first L.A. area fight in over a year.

July 05, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • Freddie Roach, left, works with Vanes Martirosyan at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.
Freddie Roach, left, works with Vanes Martirosyan at… (Roger Wilson, Glendale…)

Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan won't be the main event in his return to a Southern California ring, but he's still looking to put on a big show when he faces Ryan Davis at the Home Depot Center in Carson on Saturday.

"They're going to see that I'm ready. It's past due, it's time to fight for the title," said Martirosyan, a Glendale native, who will put his 32-0 (20 knockouts) record on the line in what is widely seen as the latest in a series of stay-busy fights for the light middleweight world title hopeful. "Give me an opportunity, that's what I'm waiting for. This is going to be a statement that we're ready, so let's do it. It will probably be a knockout, I don't know what round, but hopefully in the first five rounds."

Martirosyan's fight is scheduled for 10 rounds on the undercard of the super bantamweight world title match between Nonito Donaire and Jeffrey Mathebula. His fight will directly precede the co-main event between Kelly Pavlik and Will Rosinksy that will lead off the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast at 7 p.m. It's a far cry from the headlining fights that Martirosyan has been publicly clamoring for since ascending to World Boxing Council No. 1 contender status last year, but Martirosyan is still hoping it's a big enough platform to get his message across.

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With all the focus seemingly on whether or not Martirosyan will get his title chase back on track, not many are giving Davis (24-9-3, nine KOs) much of a chance to win Saturday, including Martirosyan, apparently.

"They sent me the tape [of Davis], I didn't watch the tape, I gave the tape to [strength and conditioning coach] Roma [Kalenteryan]," said Martirosyan, who is fighting in his home state for the first time since beating Saul Roman at Staples Center last June. "He'll tell me what to do. I don't really train for [Davis], I train for bigger fights, but I also train for him just in case. I'm ready for whatever."

Martirosyan may be taking the fight lightly, but Davis has no shortage of sources of motivation, not the least of which is the change of venue in early June from El Paso to what is essentially Martirosyan's hometown. Davis said it took him by surprise and seems to him like a blatant ploy to further stack the deck in favor of the prohibitive favorite.

"It did [bother me]," said Davis, who fights out of East Saint Louis, Ill. "I don't know what the circumstances were, why they moved it. ...I think it was just BS so he could get the hometown advantage.

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