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.