Glendale Glory boxing series returns after three-year break

Boxing: Showcase is highlighted by middleweight bout between Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez and Julio Cesar Garcia.

August 22, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa,

After a near three-year hiatus, the “Glendale Glory” pro boxing series makes a return to the Jewel City on Saturday night with a nine-bout “Glendale Glory 4” card.

Undefeated prospect Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez will take on fellow Mexican Julio Cesar Garcia in the headline bout at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and first bell scheduled for 7.

Ramirez enters with a 25-0 record with 20 knockouts and is making his United States debut versus the seasoned Garcia (46-8, 39 TKOs) in a 10-round middleweight fight.


The co-feature bout will see Las Vegas super bantamweight up-and-comer Jessie Magdaleno (15-0, 11 KOs) taking on Jose Luis Araiza (31-8-1, 22 KOs) in an eight-round affair.

“It’s going to be a great evening of fights,” Art of Boxing promoter Kahren Harutyunyan, a Glendale High graduate, said. “It’s great to be back in Glendale.”

Prior to this week, perhaps the biggest local draw was Glendale resident Vache “Vic” Martirosyan, younger brother of middleweight contender Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan. Vache Martirosyan was scheduled in the undercard for his second-ever professional bout after a win in his debut July 12.

However, Vache Martirosyan’s trainer, Roma Kalantaryan, confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Martirosyan will not fight Saturday evening.

“We’re not sure what happened, but we’re just waiting for another date,” Kalantaryan said. “He got a unanimous decision in his first fight and he’s just waiting to fight again.”

Even with that setback, Saturday marks boxing’s triumphant return to Glendale, due primarily to longtime city resident Harutyunyan, organizer of the three previous “Glendale Glory” showcases along with Steve Bash’s Bash Boxing.

“Glendale is my priority, this is where I live,” Harutyunyan said. “This is where I won my biggest battle and I’m happy to have boxing back in Glendale.”

Harutyunyan, a former boxer, arguably engaged in his biggest fight not in the ring, but when he campaigned to end Glendale’s decades-long boxing ban, which was overturned in 2009.

Shortly after the 62-year-old moratorium was lifted, Harutyunyan organized the first three “Glendale Glory” showcases within 16 months, with the last spectacle taking place Oct. 22, 2010 at the Glendale Auditorium.

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