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By Gabriel Rizk | March 9, 2010
GLENDALE — After four-plus rounds in which he was in firm control, but also sustained some minor injuries, Art “Lionheart” Hovhannesyan brought his lightweight bout against Hensley Stratchan to an abrupt end on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. Spurred on by a head butt from Stratchan in the fifth round that opened a cut above his temple, Hovhannesyan turned up the pressure on his opponent, drawing blood with a straight right and unleashing a barrage of punches to force a stoppage at the 1:45 mark of the fifth round.
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By Gabriel Rizk | February 6, 2009
GLENDALE ? Two bouts featuring prominent Armenian-born fighters are expected to draw a large crowd from Glendale to the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. for a day of boxing that will include a 12-round junior middleweight contest for Glendale?s own Vanes ?Nightmare? Martirosyan and will be capped by a 12-round main-event title defense for super flyweight Vic Darchinyan at 7 p.m. First bell will be at 3:30 p.m. Martirosyan will face Billy Lyell in a bid to improve on his record of 22-0 with 14 knockouts, the last of which came in just 80 seconds against Charles Howe on Nov. 1, 2008.
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By Gabriel Rizk | December 17, 2009
GLENDALE — In the buildup to his title fight against Willie Lee on Saturday, undefeated Glendale welterweight Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan been a visible presence around Youngstown, Ohio, appearing at promotional and press events and even conducting a media workout on Tuesday at the gym of Youngstown favorite son and middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik. But for all the fanfare and sideshows leading up to Saturday, Martirosyan is clearly focused on his ultimate goal — leaving the boxing tradition-rich town with Lee’s North American Boxing Federation super welterweight title, as well as the North American Boxing Organization welterweight belt that will also be up for grabs.
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By Gabriel Rizk | March 5, 2009
GLENDALE — While moving forward in his ascent of the 154-pound division, super welterweight prospect Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan is coming back to the place where his professional career started. In mid-February, the 22-year old former Olympian made the decision to break with Houston-based trainer Ronnie Shields and return to his hometown of Glendale. He has already resumed training with World Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at Roach’s Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood and could be back in the ring as early as April.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | March 21, 2011
GLENDALE — In a fight meant to serve primarily as a tune-up after a nine-month absence from the ring, Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan's engine roared to life on Saturday night. The Glendale-based light middleweight contender needed less than two rounds to flatten Bladimir Hernandez at the Bell Center in Montreal, improving to 29-0 with his 18th knockout. Martirosyan fought at the full middleweight limit of 160 pounds when Hernandez struggled to make the 158-pound catch weight after failing to meet the initially agreed-upon 156-pound weight.
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By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan | August 14, 2006
GLENDALE ? Make that a perfect 10 for Vanes Martirosyan. The Glendale resident, a junior middleweight boxer, pounded Marcus Brooks on Saturday to remain undefeated in his professional career. Martirosyan, 20, won 60-53 on a pair of scorecards and 60-52 on another to walk away with a unanimous six-round victory at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, the site of his first fight on television. Martirosyan (10-0, 6 KOs), a former U.S. Olympian, fought on the high-profile HBO pay-per-view card that featured the upset loss of World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman to Russian Oleg Maskaev.
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By Gabriel Rizk | November 28, 2009
GLENDALE — After some waffling by his promoters over just where and against whom Glendale-based boxer Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan’s next fight would be, the picture is beginning to look clearer, and more favorable, for the undefeated former Olympian. Originally slated for a fall fight at Madison Square Garden in New York, then tentatively set to fight in Cancun, Mexico in December against a short list of possible opponents, Martirosyan has a new venue and a new opponent lined up for the first title shot of his nearly five-yearlong pro career.
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By Gabriel Rizk | September 10, 2007
GARDENA — Training fighters and promoting events has taken up much of Edmond Tarverdyan’s focus in recent years, but Saturday night the veteran martial artist showed he is still quite comfortable inside the ring as well. Fighting out of his own Glendale Fighting Club, Tarverdyan, 25, defeated Ben Yelle in five rounds via unanimous decision to claim the World Boxing Council Muaythai United States Welterweight Championship before a packed boisterous crowd at the Normandie Casino.
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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 | June 7, 2012
Vanes Martirosyan was ready to head to Texas looking for a fight. Now the fight will come to him. In a development first publicized on his Twitter feed on Thursday, Martirosyan's upcoming 10-round fight against Ryan Davis (24-9-3, nine knockouts) will no longer be held June 16 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso as originally planned. Instead, Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs) will fight on July 7 mere miles from his hometown and current residence of Glendale at the Home Depot Center in Carson on the HBO "Boxing After Dark" undercard of the super bantamweight title unification bout between Nonito Donaire and Jeffrey Mathebula.
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By Gabriel Rizk | March 9, 2010
GLENDALE — After four-plus rounds in which he was in firm control, but also sustained some minor injuries, Art “Lionheart” Hovhannesyan brought his lightweight bout against Hensley Stratchan to an abrupt end on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. Spurred on by a head butt from Stratchan in the fifth round that opened a cut above his temple, Hovhannesyan turned up the pressure on his opponent, drawing blood with a straight right and unleashing a barrage of punches to force a stoppage at the 1:45 mark of the fifth round.
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By Gabriel Rizk | December 17, 2009
GLENDALE — In the buildup to his title fight against Willie Lee on Saturday, undefeated Glendale welterweight Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan been a visible presence around Youngstown, Ohio, appearing at promotional and press events and even conducting a media workout on Tuesday at the gym of Youngstown favorite son and middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik. But for all the fanfare and sideshows leading up to Saturday, Martirosyan is clearly focused on his ultimate goal — leaving the boxing tradition-rich town with Lee’s North American Boxing Federation super welterweight title, as well as the North American Boxing Organization welterweight belt that will also be up for grabs.
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By Gabriel Rizk | March 5, 2009
GLENDALE — While moving forward in his ascent of the 154-pound division, super welterweight prospect Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan is coming back to the place where his professional career started. In mid-February, the 22-year old former Olympian made the decision to break with Houston-based trainer Ronnie Shields and return to his hometown of Glendale. He has already resumed training with World Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at Roach’s Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood and could be back in the ring as early as April.
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By Gabriel Rizk | February 6, 2009
GLENDALE ? Two bouts featuring prominent Armenian-born fighters are expected to draw a large crowd from Glendale to the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. for a day of boxing that will include a 12-round junior middleweight contest for Glendale?s own Vanes ?Nightmare? Martirosyan and will be capped by a 12-round main-event title defense for super flyweight Vic Darchinyan at 7 p.m. First bell will be at 3:30 p.m. Martirosyan will face Billy Lyell in a bid to improve on his record of 22-0 with 14 knockouts, the last of which came in just 80 seconds against Charles Howe on Nov. 1, 2008.
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