Vanes Martirosyan

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Vanes Martirosyan
Վանես Մարտիրոսյան
Vanes Martirosyan 2010.jpg
Statistics
Real name Vanes Norik Martirosyan
Nickname(s) Nightmare
Rated at Light Middleweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Nationality Armenian
American
Born (1986-05-01) May 1, 1986 (age 28)
Abovyan, Armenia
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 36
Wins 34
Wins by KO 21
Losses 1
Draws 1
No contests 0

Vanes Norik Martirosyan (Armenian: Վանես Մարտիրոսյան) (born May 1, 1986 in Abovyan, Armenia) is an Armenian-American professional boxer.

Vanes is currently the WBC Silver Light Middleweight Champion. He is ranked the #1 contender in the WBC, the #9 light middleweight on BoxRec.com and the #3 light middleweight by The Ring.

Early life[edit]

Vanes was born on May 1, 1986, in Abovyan, Armenia. Vanes' father, Norik Martirosyan, was a boxer in Armenia who worked for an industrial company and was also in the army. Vanes has two brothers, one older and one younger, and a sister.[1]

His family moved to Glendale, CA when he was four years old. He started boxing when he was seven after his father found out there was a gym nearby.

Martirosyan was taken out of junior high school by his father and became home-schooled once it had become clear that he needed to keep his son's fighting confined to the ring.

Amateur career[edit]

Martirosyan was an eight-time National Champion and a Golden Gloves Champion.

In 2004, after winning a match against Haiti's Andre Berto in the 1st AIBA American 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tijuana, Mexico, Vanes secured a spot in the US Olympic Team. He represented the United States at the 2004 Olympics as a Welterweight. He was on the same olympic team as Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell.

Vanes got his nickname when, as he was fighting his way through the Olympic Trials, everybody was calling him "Nightmare." Once he fought in the Western Trials, Vanes started beating all fighters that were highly ranked nationwide. The young Nightmare underdog came in and beat all the favorites to eventually make the 2004 US Olympic thirteen-man boxing team. Martirosyan became the first ever Armenian to represent the United States in the Olympics, as well as the first ever US Olympian from his hometown of Glendale, California.[2]

Results were:

He finished his amateur career with 120 wins and 10 losses. All losses except to Nick Casal and Lorenzo Aragon had been avenged in rematches.

Notable boxers Vanes defeated as an amateur include Austin Trout (three times), Andre Berto and Timothy Bradley.[3]

Professional career[edit]

At the age of 20, he turned professional at 154 pounds with Bob Arum's promotional company Top Rank. Vanes is managed by his uncle, Serge Martirosyan.[4] He is also co-managed by Shelly Finkel, who also manages and advises world champions such as Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, Evander Holyfield, Manny Pacquiao, Fernando Vargas and Jeff Lacy, among others.

Vanes is trained by Freddie Roach, who was voted 2003 and 2006 Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He trains alongside Roach's other top students: Manny Pacquiao, Julio César Chávez, Jr. and Amir Khan.

Martirosyan has also worked with Ronnie Shields, winning his first fight under Shields's tutelage when he knocked out Dan Wallace in one round. Shields has also trained: Evander Holyfield, Juan Díaz, Rocky Juarez and Pernell Whitaker.

Martirosyan subsequently scored a shutout unanimous decision over Clarence Taylor,[5] and also recorded wins against Billy Lyell (who would later topple previously unbeaten John Duddy), Harrison Cuello, Andrey Tsurkan and Willie Lee.[6]

Martirosyan was scheduled to make his HBO debut on June 5, 2010 in Yankee Stadium on the Miguel Cotto vs. Yuri Foreman undercard. His opponent was fellow undefeated prospect Joe Greene (22-0, 14 KOs). Martirosyan handed Greene the first loss of his career by way of unanimous decision. With this win Martirosyan, advanced to 28-0 with 17 wins coming by way of knockout.

On March 19, 2011 Vanes made his next appearance in the ring at the Bell Centre in Montreal. He got an easy win over Mexican Bladimir Hernandez by way of KO in the second round.

His next fight was against veteran Saúl Román in a WBC semi-final title eliminator for the vacant WBC Silver Light Middleweight Championship. The bout was on June 4, 2011 in HBO's televised portion of the Julio César Chávez, Jr. vs. Sebastian Zbik undercard. Román knocked Vanes down in the first round and gave him trouble in the next two. Martirosyan came back in the fourth and fifth. When the seventh round began, Román cornered Vanes against the ropes and landed several blows. Vanes may have caught Román just in time from being stopped. In the same round, Vanes trapped Román against the ropes and knocked him down. After Román got up, Vanes landed a hard right hook on his chin and followed up with a barrage of blows while Román was leaning on the ropes, causing the fight to be stopped and turning what seemed to be near-defeat into victory.

On October 29, 2011 Vanes fought contender Richard Gutierrez. Vanes dominated from start to finish and won a ten round unanimous decision. The judges' scorecards were 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91; Vanes winning all but one round from one judge.[7]

Martirosyan fought veteran Troy Lowry on the Julio César Chávez, Jr. vs. Marco Antonio Rubio undercard. Vanes knocked Lowry down in the first round and stopping him in the third to retain his WBC Silver title.[8]

On November 9, 2013 Martirosyan was defeated by Demetrius Andrade who on that day became a winner of the World Boxing Organization title.[9]

On March 29, 2014 he appeared on ESPN's Goossen Tutor Promotions, after defeating Mario Lozano in a 10 round fight.[10]

On October 4, 2014 Vanes won all three rounds in a though battle against Willie Nelson.[11]

Professional boxing record[edit]

34 Wins (21 knockouts), 1 Losses, 1 Draw[12]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 34-1-1 Mexico Mario Alberto Lozano UD 12 (12) 2014-03-21 United States Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, Cabazon, California, United States For vacant WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title
Loss 33-1-1 United States Demetrius Andrade SD 12 (12) 2013-11-09 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States For vacant WBO light middleweight title.
Win 33-0-1 United States Ryan Davis TKO 2 (10) 2013-06-15 United States American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, United States
Draw 32-0-1 Cuba Erislandy Lara TD 9 (12) 2012-11-10 United States Wynn Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBC Light Middleweight Title Eliminator. Martirosvan cut over left eye by accidental head butt in 9th round.
Win 32–0 United States Troy Lowry TKO 3 (10) 2012-02-04 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, United States Retained WBC Silver Light Middleweight title.
Win 31–0 Colombia Richard Gutierrez UD 10 2011-10-29 United States WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Win 30–0 Mexico Saúl Román TKO 7 (12) 2011-06-04 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Won vacant WBC Silver Light Middleweight title.
WBC semi-final title eliminator.
Win 29–0 Mexico Bladimir Hernandez KO 2 (8) 2011-03-19 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 28–0 United States Joe Greene UD 10 2010-06-05 United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York Retained NABF & WBO NABO and won vacant WBA International Light Middleweight titles.
Win 27–0 Uganda Kassim Ouma UD 10 2010-01-16 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained NABF & WBO NABO Light Middleweight titles.
Win 26–0 United States Willie Lee TKO 3 (10) 2009-12-19 United States Beeghly Center, Youngstown, Ohio Won NABF & vacant WBO NABO Light Middleweight titles.
Win 25–0 Ukraine Andrey Tsurkan RTD 6 (10) 2009-06-27 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 24–0 Dominican Republic Harrison Cuello TKO 1 (8) 2009-05-16 United States Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada
Win 23–0 United States Billy Lyell UD 8 2009-02-07 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Win 22–0 United States Charles Howe TKO 1 (10) 2008-11-01 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 21–0 United States Michael Medina UD 10 2008-09-19 United States Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada
Win 20–0 Mexico Angel Hernandez UD 10 2008-06-26 United States Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 19–0 Mexico Michi Munoz TKO 3 (10) 2008-02-07 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 18–0 United States Clarence Taylor UD 6 2008-01-04 United States Alameda Swap Meet, Los Angeles, California
Win 17–0 United States Dan Wallace TKO 1 (6) 2007-12-20 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 16–0 United States Patrick Thompson UD 6 2007-10-04 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 15–0 Dominican Republic Alexis Division RTD 3 (8) 2007-08-30 United States Grand Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas
Win 14–0 Dominican Republic Alberto Mercedes TKO 7 (8) 2007-06-29 United States Cliff Castle Casino, Camp Verde, Arizona
Win 13–0 Mexico Nelson Estupinan TKO 2 (8) 2007-04-27 United States Grand Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas
Win 12–0 United States Taronze Washington TKO 2 (8) 2007-01-27 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Win 11–0 Puerto Rico Edgar Reyes RTD 4 (6) 2006-11-18 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 10–0 Puerto Rico Marcus Brooks UD 6 2006-08-12 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 9–0 Puerto Rico Oscar Gonzalez TKO 1 (6) 2006-06-03 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8–0 Botswana Tefo Seetso KO 3 (6) 2006-04-08 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7–0 Mexico Juan Pablo Montes de Oca TKO 3 (6) 2006-02-18 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 6–0 United States Abdias Castillo TKO 5 (6) 2005-11-12 United States Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Win 5–0 United States Tony Morales TKO 1 (6) 2005-10-08 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 4–0 Mexico Gerardo Cesar Prieto UD 6 2005-09-10 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 3–0 Mexico Fernando Vela UD 4 2005-08-26 United States D & I Colonial Ballroom, Houston, Texas
Win 2–0 United States Jovanni Rubio TKO 1 (4) 2005-05-28 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 1–0 Mexico Jesse Orta UD 4 2005-04-08 United States Fort McDowell Casino, Fountain Hills, Arizona Martirosyan's professional debut.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Martirosyan after defending his NABF and WBO NABO junior middleweight titles and winning the vacant WBA International title at the same time in June 2010.

Regional/International Titles:

Special Titles:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.vanesboxing.com/bio_personal.html
  2. ^ http://www.vanesboxing.com/bio.html
  3. ^ Anson Wainwright. "Vanes Martirosyan: "I'm calling out the champions. None of them are responding to me."". Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ Gabriel Rizk (September 17, 2011). "Martirosyan counters". Glendale News-Press. Archived from the original on October 28, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Lance Pugmire (January 5, 2008). "Martirosyan scores impressive victory". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 7, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2008. 
  6. ^ Christ, Scott (June 27, 2008). "Peterson and Martirosyan win on another Top Rank stinker". Bad Left Hook. SB Nation. Archived from the original on June 28, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2008. 
  7. ^ Doug Fischer (October 31, 2011). "Martirosyan stays busy with one-sided decision over Gutierrez". The Ring. Archived from the original on December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ Scott Christ (February 6, 2012). "Bully Beat-Up: On Vanes Martirosyan and Boxing's Ugliest Mismatches". Bad Left Hook. SB Nation. Archived from the original on August 23, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ Scott Christ (November 9, 2013). "Martirosyan vs Andrade results: Demetrius Andrade wins vacant WBO title by decision". Bad Left Hook. SB Nation. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ Scott Christ (March 29, 2014). "Vanes Martirosyan: Top Rank held me back from making the biggest fights". Bad Left Hook. SB Nation. Archived from the original on December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ Scott Christ (October 4, 2014). "Vanes Martirosyan tops Willie Nelson in two-way Showtime battle". Bad Left Hook. SB Nation. Archived from the original on December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ Vanes Martirosyan's Professional Boxing Record – BoxRec.com

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