Vanes 'Nightmare' Martirosyan ready to start anew

Boxing: With new promoter, trainer behind him, Glendale boxer takes on Mario Alberto Lozano.

March 19, 2014|By Gabriel Rizk, Special to the Glendale News-Press
  • With trainer Joe Goosen keeping a close watch at right, Glendale boxer Vanes Martirosyan trains at Ten Goose Boxing gym in Van Nuys on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Martirosyan is preparing for an upcoming fight against Mario Alberto Lozano on Friday, March 21, 2014.
With trainer Joe Goosen keeping a close watch at right,… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

By the time he first got his new client in the gym, trainer Joe Goossen only had three weeks to get Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan ready for Friday night's title fight against Mario Alberto Lozano. Yet Goossen never had a sense the training camp was running behind schedule.

"We accomplished a lot in that three weeks and the reason we were able to accomplish so much is because Vanes came to me in very good condition," Goossen said. "I think he had dedicated himself to getting physically fit to be ready to go fight and he spent a lot of time in the gym doing a lot of running, swimming and physical training outside the gym. It would have been much different if he were not working before he came to me, but because he was, it made the transition very easy."

If Martirosyan (33-1-1, 21 knockouts) sounds motivated, he has good reason to be. It's a time of unprecedented transition for the 27-year-old Glendale resident, whose career path has already had its share of plot twists, and he's got considerable incentive to make it all work. The future of his career depends on it.


Martirosyan's first professional loss in November to Demetrius Andrade put an end to a forgettable 2013 calendar year in which he faced – and lost to – just one notable opponent in two outings and saw his World Boxing Council light middleweight contender status wither on the vine as promoter Top Rank struggled to find a market for him.

An end to his nearly nine-year partnership with Top Rank soon followed the loss before Dan Goossen stepped in to sign Martirosyan to Goossen Tutor Promotions, where he will look to reignite his world title bid beginning with Friday's 10-round clash for the vacant World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental light middleweight title.

The main-event bout will be televised live from Morongo Casino in Cabazon on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights," which begins at 6 p.m. PDT.

Martirosyan claims he came out on the short end of a split decision in the WBO light middleweight title match versus Andrade because he didn't perform to his fullest abilities. But he also suggests that the recent dip in his career arc had a lot to do with getting less than 100% backing from Top Rank and his previous trainer, Freddie Roach.

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