Vanes Martirosyan wants to show the world that he’s on same level as Golovkin
April 27, 2018
Danny Z (117 articles)

Vanes Martirosyan wants to show the world that he’s on same level as Golovkin

By Danny Z | Contributing Writer

LOS ANGELES — On the lucrative date of Cinco de Mayo weekend, Vanes Martirosyan will step up to 160 pounds for the first time in his professional career, in a fight with one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world today in the unified middleweight champion of the world in Gennady Golovkin.

It’s been just shy of two years since the 32-year-old Vanes Martirosyan has stepped inside a ring for an official bout — which has previously never never been within the middleweight division. Martirosyan, a Glendale, California native, secured this opportunity after Saul “Canelo” Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol back in February of this year and eventually pulled himself out of the bout. Alvarez was handed a one-year suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which was reduced to six months due to Alvarez and his team’s cooperation throughout the matter.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez during the kickoff press conference for the now cancelled rematch against Gennady Golovkin. Photo: Ray Navarrette

The news rocked the boxing world and many assumed the May 5 date would be cancelled all together. However, Golovkin (37-0-1, 34 KOs) maintained the strong desire to fight on this date and after many weeks of reported opponents and a change of venue from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, Martirosyan received the nod in a matchup that could elevate his career and stardom to new levels should he win.

“This fight is a great opportunity for me. I have much respect for Golovkin, but I know I can beat him,” Martirosyan said during the joint media workout. “He’s one of the best boxers in the world at this moment, and I want to show the world that I’m also at the same level of the best.”

Former junior middleweight world champion Erislandy Lara, who just recently lost a close decision to Jarrett Hurd, was the last opponent that Martirosyan faced off against in May of 2016. This was the second time that Martirosyan and Lara had clashed, with the first bout ending in a technical draw. Lara (25-3-2, 14 KOs) scored the unanimous decision victory in their second meeting at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, and Martirosyan has not fought since.

Martirosyan said he had no doubts about accepting the bout when it was first proposed to him by his promoter Don King. He even went as far as to express that he did not care about the financial aspect of the negotiations and just wanted the chance to fight Golovkin. This type of behavior only supported the type of career Martirosyan has had since turning professional back in 2005 after competing in the 2004 Olympic games for the United States.

Vanes Martirosyan hits the mitts during the joint media workout for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo HBO boxing event. Photo: Supreme Boxing

In addition to the two aforementioned Lara fights, Martirosyan has not been shy about stepping into the squared circle with top competition such as Jermell Charlo and Demetrius Andrade — who was also mentioned as a possible opponent for Golovkin. Golovkin has been looked at as one of the most powerful punchers in the sport and has demonstrated that with close to a 90 percent knockout ratio. Nevertheless, Martirosyan has never been knocked out in his professional career and his eagerness and previous history show that Golovkin will not have an easy night in regards to his patent knockouts.

“This is going to be a war and I’m not only going into the fight with the intention to win, but also to give a grand spectacle,” Martirosyan said. “I have all the tools to win this fight and I will demonstrate this on May 5.”

(Feature photo: Getty Images)



Danny Z

Danny Z is a contributing boxing writer/reporter for Supreme Boxing. He is the founder of Z-BoxingNews -- a YouTube channel that delivers fighter interviews, workouts and more in relation to the sport of boxing. Follow Danny Z's work here at Supreme Boxing and stay up to date with his work by following him on Twitter @DannyZ_Boxing.