Glendale resident Vanes 'Nightmare' Martirosyan ready to realize his dream

Boxing: Martirosyan will finally realize his dream of fighting for a world championship.

November 02, 2013|By Kylie Krabbe, Special to the Glendale News-Press
  • Glendales Vanes Martirosyan will finally realize his dream of fighting for a world championship. Here he's preparing at Main Event Boxing Club in Glendale on Saturday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Glendales Vanes Martirosyan will finally realize his…

It’s rare that anyone says it is difficult being a prodigy, but it most assuredly can be.

Anyone who has made the United States Olympics boxing team is arguably a prodigy.

So that would apply to both Glendale’s Vanes Martirosyan, a U.S. Olympian in 2004, and Demetrius Andrade, a U.S. Olympian in 2008, who are set to battle for the World Boxing Organization light middleweight (154 pounds) world championship on Saturday at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Tex.

Thus, though Martirosyan has compiled a 33-0-1 record with 21 knockouts, his progress has been questioned, despite him continuously clamoring for bigger bouts and title shots.

“It’s the fight of my life,” Martirosyan says. “It’s very important.”

As an amateur, Martirosyan gained the moniker “Nightmare” when, as a relative unknown, he blazed a path through what is now a who’s who of big money fighters — Andre Berto, Austin Trout and Timothy Bradley — to make the Olympic team. Andrade was also an impressive amateur. He won the United States Amateur Boxing Championship in 2005 and gold at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships en route to making the Olympics squad.


Now the two will collide in an HBO triple header, though there were initial misgivings about televising their title bout.

It will be Martirosyan’s third bout on HBO and his first since a World Boxing Council title eliminator against Erislandy Lara on Nov. 10, 2012 that ended in a ninth-round technical draw. To most, it appeared Martirosyan pressed the action, but the bout and end result was seen as lackluster to most. Hence a rematch, never came about.

Nonetheless, Martirosyan, 27, remains hungry for the bigger fights and says he is ready for his chance at the title.

“I mean, we asked for bigger fights and I think when we took the Lara fight they were surprised the first time,” Martirosyan says. “We wanted the second fight, too, but I was talked out of it. The Lara fight I was in the best shape of my life. This fight I’ll be in the best shape of my life also.”

Those close to Martirosyan credit him becoming a family man as a big factor in giving him sharper focus, as well as the insight to refrain from repeating any past mistakes inside or outside the ring.

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