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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | August 23, 2012
When Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan signed on to fight Erislandy Lara in early August, he barely waited for the ink to dry on the contract before jumping headlong into training for the Cuban southpaw. Lara seemingly was considerably more deliberate in mulling over the proposition of engaging the Glendale resident in a final eliminator bout for the World Boxing Council junior middleweight title, as he didn't get around to signing on until the past weekend. But sign he did, finally making the biggest fight of Martirosyan's undefeated career a reality.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | July 7, 2012
In the aftermath of the abrupt cancellation of his fight against Ryan Davis Friday night, local junior middleweight contender Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan may not be without a next fight for long. And if all goes according to plan, it will be for bigger stakes and against a much more significant opponent than the lightly regarded Davis, who was scratched from Saturday's card at the Home Depot Center after failing to clear a medical evaluation. According to his uncle and manager, Serge Martirosyan, the unbeaten Glendale native is now waiting on a response from Erislandy Lara as to whether Lara will accept the light middleweight final eliminator bout recently ordered by the World Boxing Council.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | November 8, 2012
Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan has been chasing Saul Alvarez for more than a year and a half now. To be precise, he's more after the hardware around Alvarez' waste, as Martirosyan's been hovering near the top of the World Boxing Council light middleweight rankings for much of the time since the 22-year old Mexican sensation known as “Canelo” first became the champion in March 2011. Martirosyan (32-0, 20 knockouts), an unbeaten 26-year-old former Olympian out of Glendale who is the No. 2 WBC contender, will become the mandatory challenger for the WBC belt should he defeat current No. 1 contender Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs)
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | November 15, 2012
After suffering a deep gash over his left eye in the ring Saturday night, Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan will be on the shelf for at least a couple of weeks. The much coveted world title shot the Glendale resident has had his eye on figures to be on ice for considerably longer. Saturday's World Boxing Council light middleweight title eliminator between Martirosyan, the No. 2 contender, and No. 1 Erislandy Lara at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas ended with an accidental head butt that led to a technical decision draw.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | June 15, 2013
Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan touched down in Texas on Wednesday, returned to the boxing ring Saturday and five minutes and change of ring time later, he had impressively taken care of business just as many had predicted and he had promised. Martirosyan, ranked fifth in the world by The Ring Magazine, overwhelmed Ryan Davis on Saturday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, stopping the journeyman via technical knockout at the 2:01 mark of the second round in their super welterweight 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 | June 14, 2013
There's an abundance of familiarity surrounding Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan's upcoming bout on Saturday night. Opposing him will be a familiar foe in Ryan Davis, an opponent Martirosyan was previously scheduled to fight a year ago. And once more, Martirosyan finds himself in the familiar spot of competing in a fight that's far from the blockbuster bout he desires. “We want bigger fights,” Martirosyan said. “This is just a fight to keep me busy.” Glendale's Martirosyan will get busy to the tune of a 10-round super welterweight fight against Davis on Saturday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
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By Gabriel Rizk | November 10, 2012
LAS VEGAS — Vanes Martirosyan and Erislandy Lara's rivalry started as a war of words and, unfortunately for the aspirations of both fighters and fans in attendance at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas Saturday night, the first meeting between the two rising light middleweight stars ended as little more. The anticlimax of the HBO "Boxing After Dark" World Boxing Council light middleweight title eliminator saw both fighters trading insults, barbs and boasts through a microphone, over a chorus of boos, of what they would have done if only the main-event fight had been allowed to run its 12-round course.
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From Staff Reports | May 21, 2013
The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene. TRIO OF GLENDALE BOXERS RETURN TO RING Undefeated former Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan is scheduled to make his awaited return to the boxing ring, while up-and-coming Glendale Fighting Club boxers Art “Lionheart” Hovhanissyan and Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan are set for separate bouts on ESPN2. Though an opponent has yet to be announced, Glendale's Martirosyan, as verified by comments from his own camp and Boxrec.com, is slated to fight on June 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
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By Gabriel Rizk | November 6, 2012
A strange sound has been emanating from Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan's camp over the past weeks - silence. Never one to shy away from talking trash or baiting opponents, the Glendale resident has maintained a decidedly low public profile since his World Boxing Council light middleweight final eliminator bout with Erislandy Lara became a done deal. So what happened to the fighter who had spent months calling out Lara and other top fighters in the 154-pound division, once even promising in an interview to break Lara's ribs and send him to the hospital?
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By Kylie Krabbe, Special to the Glendale News-Press | November 2, 2013
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.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | June 15, 2013
Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan touched down in Texas on Wednesday, returned to the boxing ring Saturday and five minutes and change of ring time later, he had impressively taken care of business just as many had predicted and he had promised. Martirosyan, ranked fifth in the world by The Ring Magazine, overwhelmed Ryan Davis on Saturday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, stopping the journeyman via technical knockout at the 2:01 mark of the second round in their super welterweight bout.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | June 14, 2013
There's an abundance of familiarity surrounding Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan's upcoming bout on Saturday night. Opposing him will be a familiar foe in Ryan Davis, an opponent Martirosyan was previously scheduled to fight a year ago. And once more, Martirosyan finds himself in the familiar spot of competing in a fight that's far from the blockbuster bout he desires. “We want bigger fights,” Martirosyan said. “This is just a fight to keep me busy.” Glendale's Martirosyan will get busy to the tune of a 10-round super welterweight fight against Davis on Saturday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
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From Staff Reports | May 21, 2013
The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene. TRIO OF GLENDALE BOXERS RETURN TO RING Undefeated former Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan is scheduled to make his awaited return to the boxing ring, while up-and-coming Glendale Fighting Club boxers Art “Lionheart” Hovhanissyan and Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan are set for separate bouts on ESPN2. Though an opponent has yet to be announced, Glendale's Martirosyan, as verified by comments from his own camp and Boxrec.com, is slated to fight on June 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | November 15, 2012
After suffering a deep gash over his left eye in the ring Saturday night, Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan will be on the shelf for at least a couple of weeks. The much coveted world title shot the Glendale resident has had his eye on figures to be on ice for considerably longer. Saturday's World Boxing Council light middleweight title eliminator between Martirosyan, the No. 2 contender, and No. 1 Erislandy Lara at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas ended with an accidental head butt that led to a technical decision draw.
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By Gabriel Rizk | November 10, 2012
LAS VEGAS — Vanes Martirosyan and Erislandy Lara's rivalry started as a war of words and, unfortunately for the aspirations of both fighters and fans in attendance at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas Saturday night, the first meeting between the two rising light middleweight stars ended as little more. The anticlimax of the HBO "Boxing After Dark" World Boxing Council light middleweight title eliminator saw both fighters trading insults, barbs and boasts through a microphone, over a chorus of boos, of what they would have done if only the main-event fight had been allowed to run its 12-round course.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | November 8, 2012
Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan has been chasing Saul Alvarez for more than a year and a half now. To be precise, he's more after the hardware around Alvarez' waste, as Martirosyan's been hovering near the top of the World Boxing Council light middleweight rankings for much of the time since the 22-year old Mexican sensation known as “Canelo” first became the champion in March 2011. Martirosyan (32-0, 20 knockouts), an unbeaten 26-year-old former Olympian out of Glendale who is the No. 2 WBC contender, will become the mandatory challenger for the WBC belt should he defeat current No. 1 contender Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs)
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By Gabriel Rizk | November 6, 2012
A strange sound has been emanating from Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan's camp over the past weeks - silence. Never one to shy away from talking trash or baiting opponents, the Glendale resident has maintained a decidedly low public profile since his World Boxing Council light middleweight final eliminator bout with Erislandy Lara became a done deal. So what happened to the fighter who had spent months calling out Lara and other top fighters in the 154-pound division, once even promising in an interview to break Lara's ribs and send him to the hospital?
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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 Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | August 23, 2012
When Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan signed on to fight Erislandy Lara in early August, he barely waited for the ink to dry on the contract before jumping headlong into training for the Cuban southpaw. Lara seemingly was considerably more deliberate in mulling over the proposition of engaging the Glendale resident in a final eliminator bout for the World Boxing Council junior middleweight title, as he didn't get around to signing on until the past weekend. But sign he did, finally making the biggest fight of Martirosyan's undefeated career a reality.
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