On June 4th junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan went through a bit of baptism by fire as he was rocked, dropped, and cut in the first round of his bout against Saul Roman in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Martirosyan survived the test as he came back to eventually stop his Mexican foe in the 7th round while securing his unbeaten record as he can once again go back to eyeing the big fights near his weight class.
Reflecting on that scare, Martirosyan admits he was completely caught off guard during that first stanza.
“I wasn’t woken up until that knockdown in that fight,” Martirosyan told me recently while at the Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas. “I went in there with a different game plan and did totally something else. It was a good fight but I learned a lot from it. It was a good experience and I think I moved on to the next level and I can’t wait to the next fight.”
Martirosyan is ranked in the top five of the IBF, WBC and WBO rankings and the 25-year old would love nothing more than to test himself against one of the division’s champions at the moment.
“I would want Sergiy Dzinziruk, Miguel Cotto; one of the top names. Cornelius Bundrage or anybody with a title. I think I’m up to fight them,” Martirosyan continued.
Martirosyan loves to poke fun at WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez and that too is a fight he has little worries about.
“I call him ‘Fire crotch’ now, because of his hair and stuff,” said Martirosyan. “I think I will box his head off and I would knock him out. I know that for sure. Freddie said one round, so I think it’s possible.”
Alfredo Angulo hasn’t fought in more than a year but was one of the sport’s hottest attractions while active. The former WBO interim champion is presently banned from fighting in the United States but Martirosyan is open to facing him in another locale.
“I like the Angulo fight,” he continued. “I’d just have to box him. Move around and get out of the way. Get in and out. I would like to fight Angulo. So, we’ll see what happens; I’m ready. They say one name and I am training for another name.”
One fight Martirosyan will surely have his eye on is the December 3rd rematch between WBA boss Miguel Cotto and former champion Antonio Margarito. Nearly three years ago to the day, Margarito defeated Cotto via 11th round TKO inside of the MGM Grand but was subsequently found to have tampered hand wraps prior to his following fight with Shane Mosley, raising suspicions about how legitimate the victory was.
Martirosyan has also shown great respect towards Cotto and hopes the Puerto Rican can pull it off when they meet again.
“I hope Cotto kicks his ass. It’s karma. I hope he comes through with a win.”
Vanes stops by The Boxing Lab
Martirosyan also recently stopped by The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene’s official radio show, on Tuesday night. Always one of the more talkative fighters in terms of calling out his fellow pugilists, Martirosyan revealed why he has been so vocal to the press over the years.
“People think I’m talking crap but really I’m not,” he stated. “Boxing is where I make my living, it’s my bread and butter, so I’m doing everything I can to fight the best. These champions that they have, I don’t respect them, because I feel like they bought the belts.”
Martirosyan was also asked if he ever comes face to face with some potential foes and he conceded that was the case.
“It’s funny because I keep running into Sergio Martinez and he’s a real nice guy. I’ve seen Angulo around too, we’ve said ‘Hi’ to each other; it’s all respect when we’re in front [of each other]. But I swear if I ever come across Canelo I’m going to slap him in the face.”
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Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at [email protected]