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Vanes Martirosyan mulling next move

Rematch with Erislandy Lara might be on the horizon for Glendale's light middleweight once injury from head butt that ended pair's last fight heals.

November 15, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: The World Boxing Council light middleweight title eliminator between Vanes Martirosyan (pictured) and No. 1 Erislandy Lara at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas ended with an accidental head butt and technical decision draw.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: The World Boxing Council light middleweight… (Courtesy of Chris…)

After suffering a deep gash over his left eye in the ring Saturday night, Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan will be on the shelf for at least a couple of weeks.

The much coveted world title shot the Glendale resident has had his eye on figures to be on ice for considerably longer.

Saturday’s World Boxing Council light middleweight title eliminator between Martirosyan, the No. 2 contender, and No. 1 Erislandy Lara at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas ended with an accidental head butt that led to a technical decision draw. As a result, nothing was settled as pertains to WBC champion Saul Alvarez’ next title defense, although a rematch to begin the process all over again has already surfaced as one possible scenario.

Miguel Rivera reported on boxingscene.com Monday that, “the World Boxing Council is positioning to order a rematch. ...The two boxers will retain their top ranking positions and the organization will once again order them to exchange punches for a mandatory shot at the title.”

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The WBC’s official website states that the issue will be discussed at the WBC Convention in Cancun in December.

“I would love to fight Lara again,” said Martirosyan, who saw his perfect record slip to 32-0-1 with 20 knockouts. “We’re just waiting to see what the best next move is for me.”

The options don’t appear to be too varied. Rematching Lara would likely remain the surest avenue to a shot at Alvarez’ title, as the unbeaten Mexican champion was previously balking at the prospect of having to fight Martirosyan or Lara even under the mandate of Saturday’s eliminator. Without a mandatory challenger in place, the WBC would appear to have no leverage in convincing Alvarez and his Golden Boy promoters to take a match against either fighter now, as Alvarez has designs on a super fight against Floyd Mayweather or Miguel Cotto and there were even rumblings that he would vacate the WBC title to get out of a potential mandatory challenge in early 2013.

And Martirosyan himself has misgivings about fighting Lara again after the first meeting featured little memorable action between a retreating Lara and an aggressive but often ineffective Martirosyan, not to mention what Martirosyan calls Lara’s dirty style.

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