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Glendale boxer Gapo Tolmajyan ready for 'Friday Night Fights'

Boxing: "Ghost" takes on undefeated foe in title fight co-feature.

August 08, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Gapo "The Ghost" Tolmajyan is preparing for his showdown against the unblemished Jose Sniper Pedraza in a 10-round co-main event of an ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card Friday evening at the Morongo Casino. (Roger Wilson/File Art)
Gapo "The Ghost" Tolmajyan is preparing for…

Undefeated opponents and televised bouts are nothing new for Gapo “The Ghost” Tolmajyan.

But as the Glendale boxer continues his hopeful ascent to becoming a world title contender, each and every fight becomes his most important yet.

That certainly describes Tolmajyan’s showdown against the unblemished Jose “Sniper” Pedraza in a 10-round co-main event of an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card Friday evening at the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, with the televised portion airing at 7 p.m. Tolmajyan (14-2-1, three knockouts) and Pedraza (13-0, nine KOs) will vie for the vacant United States Boxing Assn. super featherweight title.

And, according to Glendale Fighting Club trainer Edmond Tarverdyan, Tolmajyan’s biggest fight will see the best version of Tolmajyan yet.

“He’s looking very sharp,” said Tarverdyan, who also trains boxers Vic Darchinyan and Art Hovhannisyan, along with Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial artists Ronda Rousey and Manny Gamburyan at GFC, among others. “His conditioning, his strength has improved greatly. It’s the best I’ve seen him. Everybody in the gym says it.”

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Tolmajyan was originally scheduled to fight on “Friday Night Fights” on July 5 in Connecticut, but his bout fell through. It’s only prolonged training for the 27-year-old Armenian native, who exemplified readiness and confidence on Wednesday at GFC.

“I’m really excited,” Tolmajyan said through a translator, “I’m prepared well and I’m going to go out there and do great.”

Tolmajyan’s last trip to the Morongo Casino was another “Friday Night Fights” bout in March of 2012 in which he lost a unanimous decision to the undefeated Abraham Lopez. Since then, Tolmajyan’s recorded a pair of victories, including an impressive unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Jorge Maysonet Jr. in April, which also aired on “Friday Night Fights.”

“He always looks better when he steps up in competition,” Tarverdyan said. “He definitely gets more motivated when he gets a better opponent in front of him.”

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