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Vanes Martirosyan returns to ring against Ryan Davis

Boxing: Unbeaten Glendale boxer very confident going into Saturday bout in Dallas.

June 14, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Vanes Martirosyan is set to return to the ring after a seven-month layoff for a fight with Ryan Davis.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Vanes Martirosyan is set to return to the… (Roger Wilson/Staff…)

There’s an abundance of familiarity surrounding Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan’s upcoming bout on Saturday night.

Opposing him will be a familiar foe in Ryan Davis, an opponent Martirosyan was previously scheduled to fight a year ago.

And once more, Martirosyan finds himself in the familiar spot of competing in a fight that’s far from the blockbuster bout he desires.

“We want bigger fights,” Martirosyan said. “This is just a fight to keep me busy.”

Glendale’s Martirosyan will get busy to the tune of a 10-round super welterweight fight against Davis on Saturday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The bout will be on the untelevised undercard of an “HBO After Dark” event headlined by featherweights Mikey Garcia and Juan Manuel Lopez doing battle.

Perhaps the most important aspect for the 27-year-old Martirosyan (32-0-1, 20 knockouts) is that he will finally get back into the ring after a seven-month layoff largely due to injuries.

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“I just want to get in the ring and get back to work,” Martirosyan said. “After that, it’s on to bigger and better things.”

Despite the layoff, Martirosyan, who trains at the Wild Card Boxing Club under Freddie Roach and the Main Event Gym in Glendale under Roma Kalantaryan, is brimming with confidence facing Davis (24-10-3, nine KOs).

“I’m confident in every fight,” said Martirosyan, who’s ranked fifth in the division by The Ring magazine. “I already know I’m gonna win, it’s just [a question of] how I’m gonna win.”

Davis, 34, has lost two of his last three fights — both by stoppage — and has been knocked out four times in his career. An eye injury forced a cancellation to Davis’ bout with Martirosyan on July 6. Since then, Davis has fought once and was promptly knocked out in the fourth round by Jorge Melendez on March 2.

However, Kalantaryan said nobody is looking past Davis.

“It’s just another fight,” Kalantaryan said. “Every fight is important.

“It doesn’t matter who we fight, it’s just another fight, that’s how we look at it. [Fight] No. [34], that’s how we see it.”

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