As an amateur he defeated Timothy Bradley, Andre Berto and Austin Trout. He has been trained by Freddie Roach, Ronnie Shields and Buddy McGirt. He’s been a pro since 2005 and has only been beaten once in 35 fights – by current WBO 154-pound titlist Demetrius Andrade. He has held current WBA 154-pound titlist Erislandy Lara to a draw.
Now, after all that, Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan says, “For the first time in my career I feel like a professional.”
The reason for that feeling is because he has recently aligned himself with the Goossen brothers. Dan will handle the promotional duties whereas Joe is taking care of the training. Martirosyan was never previously the “star” of a stable when promoted by Top Rank and trained by Freddie Roach, whereas with the Goossens he believes he will finally receive the one-on-one attention he deserves.
“I feel like I’ve got a good team, my new promotional company with the Goossens,” he says. “I feel like I’m home.”
Although born in Armenia, Martirosyan is Californian through and through and his new team is all-California. Hailing from Glendale, Martirosyan is training at the Ten Goose Gym in Van Nuys while the promotional side is being handled just down the boulevard in Sherman Oaks. Tonight on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, Martirosyan will meet Mario Alberto Lozano at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon. The promotion is aptly tiled “Homeward Bound” – which for Martirosyan is a good thing.
“It’s great, I have my family close, I’ve got my loved ones here, I’ve got my fans here,” he explains. “Before, you know, I used to fight in Texas a lot and I’d have to call them or Skype them. Now you get to see what you’re fighting for. It’s good to see them just before you go into the ring.”
Under Goossen's watchful eye, Martirosyan says that in just three or four weeks he has improved and learned from the master trainer who conducts business from his gym on Friar St. in Van Nuys.
“It gets me to the level where I feel like I belong. I feel so strong. I know what I’m capable of doing. I know I can beat all the top fighters in the world, " he says. "Now I feel like I can get there with this training and with this company.”
Goossen who has worked with the best over the course of four decades is impressed with his new pupil. “The work he is putting in right now is exceptional, trust me,” says Goossen. “And it’s not easy. This is a very rough game and you don’t want to cut yourself short in the gym.”
At only 27-years-old, Martirosyan still has lots of time left to win and then defend a world title. It will be up to Dan Goossen to maneuver his charge into a position for another title shot. Tonight is a good first step in that direction as the tickets for tonight’s bout are sold-out, the bout is being televised by ESPN2 and the winner will become the WBO Inter-Continental 154 pound titlist – an important step to a higher ranking in that organization where Martirosyan is currently ranked #11.
“I think he’s definitely on his way to becoming a world champion, no doubt about it” says Joe Goossen. “I’ve been around enough of them to know what they look like and how they handle themselves and then ultimately how they fight. He’s definitely going to be a world champion one day.”
Who: Vanes Martirosyan (33-1-1, 21KOs) vs. Mario Alberto Lozano (28-4, 22KOs) What: 10 rounds for the WBO Inter-Continental 154-pound title When: March 21, 9pm EST, ESPN2 Friday Night Fights Where: Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
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