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March 23, 2014
Glendale Fighting Club combatants Art “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan and “The Supernova from Moldova” Marina Shafir will headline Lights Out Promotions' “Chaos at the Casino   4” on April 12 at the Hollywood Park Casino. As with all of the previous Chaos cards, boxing, mixed martial arts and muay Thai fights are all scheduled, with Hovhannisyan (16-1, nine knockouts) facing off with Miguel Zuniga (12-4, seven KOs) in the main event in an eight-round boxing match. Shafir will make her much-anticipated professional MMA debut against a to-be-announced opponent.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 21, 2013
For those who have followed the promising boxing career of Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan, they have come to expect a couple things - an all-out, entertaining fight and some bumps in the road to stardom. Now 31, the Glendale slugger remains unbeaten, but a slew of injuries and fight cancellations have impeded his progress. The latest setback was when opponent Logan McGuinness was forced to pull out of their bout - for a possible World Boxing Assn. contendership and the North American Boxing Assn.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 22, 2013
CABAZON - With his greatest opportunity there for the taking, for the first time in his career, Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan came up short. Faced with a familiar foe in former sparring partner Alejandro Perez, Hovhannisyan came up on the losing end of a close unanimous decision Friday night at the Morongo Casino in 'Shobox's' junior welterweight main event on Showtime, with the judges scoring it 96-93 twice and 95-94. The News-Press scored it 95-94 for Perez. The bout was contested for the vacant North American Boxing Organization 130-pound title and went to Perez (16-3-1, 11 knockouts)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
Art “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan is aiming to get his boxing career back on the right track. Marina Shafir, “The Supernova from Moldova,” is beginning a professional mixed martial arts career many believe is destined for super stardom. Shafir and Hovhannisyan will headline a night that will see veterans, burgeoning stars, muay Thai kickboxers, MMA fighters, boxers, combatants from local gyms Main Event Sports Club in Glendale and the Glendale Fighting Club descend upon the Hollywood Park Casino on Saturday night for Lights Out Promotions' Chaos at the Casino 4. Hovhannisyan (16-1, nine knockouts)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 16, 2013
GLENDALE - On a sunny, sleepy Saturday morning, all looks calm outside the Glendale Fighting Club. But a closer look inside the windowed walls of the Brand Blvd. training center reveals a bustling gym housing a pair of fighters putting in the final preparations for what are arguably the most monumental bouts in their burgeoning careers. Taking center stage is Ronda Rousey, the first-ever and newly crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight champion. Rousey, an undefeated phenom inside the cage and fast-rising superstar outside of it, will headline Saturday's UFC 157 “Rousey vs. Carmouche” pay-per-view on Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim in the organization's first-ever women's bout.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | September 22, 2012
With major issues such as time, place and opponent out of the way, two big fights are now set, promising an exciting couple of months to come on the local boxing scene. All the details of undefeated Glendale resident Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan's World Boxing Council light middleweight final eliminator bout with Erislandy Lara are ironed out now that the arena (the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas) and date (Nov. 10) have been confirmed. But first, lightweight Art Hovhannisyan, who trains at the Glendale Fighting Club with Edmond Tarverdyan, will try to build on his recent success with an Oct. 27 bout on HBO "Boxing After Dark" at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY that recently came together following an extended search for an opponent.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 8, 2013
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...
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 20, 2012
Training fighters is nothing new for Edmond Tarverdyan or Alberto Crane. Neither is standing center stage and competing. But when the roles are intertwined and come crashing to a head, things can get a little chaotic. Perhaps that's the theme for Saturday night's Lights Out Promotions “Chaos at the Casino 2” hybrid fighting event, which will feature a mix of muay Thai kickboxing, boxing and mixed martial arts, with Glendale's Crane and Tarverdyan set to compete against Daniel McWilliams and Dominic Gutierrez, respectively, as headliners of the card emanating from Hollywood Park and Casino.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 13, 2014
INGLEWOOD - In the end, the beginning of Marina Shafir's professional mixed martial arts career proved most difficult in the weeks leading up to her debut trying to find an opponent. Once Shafir set foot inside the ring at Lights Out Promotions' “Chaos at the Casino 4” event Saturday night at Hollywood Park Casino, it took her 117 seconds and two armbar attempts to introduce herself victoriously to the professional mixed martial arts world. Making her professional debut, Shafir, the "Supernova from Moldova," coaxed a tap from Chandra Engel in 1:57 of the first round via armbar in the featheweight (145 pounds)
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March 23, 2014
Glendale Fighting Club combatants Art “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan and “The Supernova from Moldova” Marina Shafir will headline Lights Out Promotions' “Chaos at the Casino   4” on April 12 at the Hollywood Park Casino. As with all of the previous Chaos cards, boxing, mixed martial arts and muay Thai fights are all scheduled, with Hovhannisyan (16-1, nine knockouts) facing off with Miguel Zuniga (12-4, seven KOs) in the main event in an eight-round boxing match. Shafir will make her much-anticipated professional MMA debut against a to-be-announced opponent.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 8, 2013
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...
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 22, 2013
CABAZON - With his greatest opportunity there for the taking, for the first time in his career, Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan came up short. Faced with a familiar foe in former sparring partner Alejandro Perez, Hovhannisyan came up on the losing end of a close unanimous decision Friday night at the Morongo Casino in 'Shobox's' junior welterweight main event on Showtime, with the judges scoring it 96-93 twice and 95-94. The News-Press scored it 95-94 for Perez. The bout was contested for the vacant North American Boxing Organization 130-pound title and went to Perez (16-3-1, 11 knockouts)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 21, 2013
For those who have followed the promising boxing career of Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan, they have come to expect a couple things - an all-out, entertaining fight and some bumps in the road to stardom. Now 31, the Glendale slugger remains unbeaten, but a slew of injuries and fight cancellations have impeded his progress. The latest setback was when opponent Logan McGuinness was forced to pull out of their bout - for a possible World Boxing Assn. contendership and the North American Boxing Assn.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 16, 2013
GLENDALE - On a sunny, sleepy Saturday morning, all looks calm outside the Glendale Fighting Club. But a closer look inside the windowed walls of the Brand Blvd. training center reveals a bustling gym housing a pair of fighters putting in the final preparations for what are arguably the most monumental bouts in their burgeoning careers. Taking center stage is Ronda Rousey, the first-ever and newly crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight champion. Rousey, an undefeated phenom inside the cage and fast-rising superstar outside of it, will headline Saturday's UFC 157 “Rousey vs. Carmouche” pay-per-view on Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim in the organization's first-ever women's bout.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | January 10, 2013
Thus far, Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan's road to boxing glory has been a bumpy one, slowed by a myriad of injuries and bout cancellations. Still, the action fighter with an unbeaten record finds himself poised once more to knock down the door of opportunity and become a title contender. Hovhannisyan is slated to fight Logan McGuinness on Feb. 22 in a “Shobox” main event with a possible World Boxing Assn. championship bout as the winner's prize. “We cannot be fighting the Joe Schmoes anymore,” said George Bastmajyan, Hovhannisyan's manager and cut man. “We need a career-defining fight.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 20, 2012
Training fighters is nothing new for Edmond Tarverdyan or Alberto Crane. Neither is standing center stage and competing. But when the roles are intertwined and come crashing to a head, things can get a little chaotic. Perhaps that's the theme for Saturday night's Lights Out Promotions “Chaos at the Casino 2” hybrid fighting event, which will feature a mix of muay Thai kickboxing, boxing and mixed martial arts, with Glendale's Crane and Tarverdyan set to compete against Daniel McWilliams and Dominic Gutierrez, respectively, as headliners of the card emanating from Hollywood Park and Casino.
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