Vanes Martirosyan

Vanes Martirosyan (Armenian: Վանես Մարտիրոսյան; born May 1, 1986) is an Armenian-American professional boxer. He has challenged twice for a light middleweight world title in 2013 and 2016, and once for a unified middleweight world title in 2018.

Vanes Martirosyan
Վանես Մարտիրոսյան
Vanes Martirosyan 2010.jpg
Martirosyan celebrating his victory against Joe Greene, 2010
Nickname(s)The Nightmare
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Reach70 in (178 cm)
  • Armenian
  • American
BornVanes Norikovich Martirosyan
(1986-05-01) May 1, 1986 (age 34)
Abovyan, Armenian SSR,
Soviet Union
Boxing record
Total fights41
Wins by KO21

Early lifeEdit

Vanes was born on May 1, 1986, in Abovyan, Armenia. Vanes' father, Norik Martirosyan, was an amateur 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.[2]

His family moved to Glendale, California when he was four years old. He started boxing when he was seven after his father found out there was a gym in Glendale.[2]

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.[3]

Amateur careerEdit

Martirosyan was an eight-time National Champion and a Golden Gloves Champion.[4]

In 2004, after winning a match against Haiti's Andre Berto in the 1st AIBA American 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tijuana, Mexico, Martirosyan secured a spot in the US Olympic Team. He represented the United States at the 2004 Olympics as a Welterweight.[5] He was on the same olympic team as Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell.[6]

Results were:

Notable boxers Martirosyan defeated as an amateur include Austin Trout (three times), Andre Berto, and Timothy Bradley.[4]

He finished his amateur career with 120 wins and 10 losses. All losses except to Lorenzo Aragon had been avenged in rematches.[2][3]

Professional careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Vanes fights Taronze Washington at the Honda Center, Anaheim, California

At the age of 20, Martirosyan turned professional at 154 pounds with Bob Arum's promotional company Top Rank. Vanes is managed by his uncle, Serge Martirosyan.[7] 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, among others.[8]

Vanes was trained by Freddie Roach, who was voted 2003 and 2006 Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America.[3] He trains alongside Roach's other top students, including Manny Pacquiao and Julio César Chávez, Jr..[9]

Martirosyan has also worked with Ronnie Shields, winning his first fight under Shields's tutelage when he knocked out Dan Wallace in one round.[10]

Martirosyan subsequently scored a shutout unanimous decision over Clarence Taylor,[11] and also recorded wins against Billy Lyell (who would later topple previously unbeaten John Duddy), Harrison Cuello, Andrey Tsurkan and Willie Lee.[12]

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.[13]

On March 19, 2011 Vanes made his next appearance in the ring at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. He got an easy win over Mexican Bladimir Hernandez by way of KO in the second round.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

On November 9, 2013 Martirosyan was defeated on a split decision by Demetrius Andrade who on that day became a winner of the World Boxing Organization title.[18]

On March 21, 2014 he appeared on ESPN's Goossen Tutor Promotions, defeating Mario Antonio Lozano via unanimous decision after 10 rounds in a fight for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title.[19]

Martirosyan vs. CharloEdit

On February 17, 2015 Showtime announced that Martirosyan would appear on a doubleheader at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on March 28 against Jermell Charlo (25-0).[20] The fight was contested over 10 rounds. Martirosyan lost a contentious unanimous decision. He was considered the more aggressive fighter. The scores were 97-93, 96-94, 96-94. Martirosyan felt he won the fight.[21][22]

Martirosyan vs. GolovkinEdit

On May 5th, 2018 Martirosyan fought unified Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at the StubHub Center in Carson, California after he was chosen as the late replacement for Canelo Álvarez when Canelo withdrew from the much anticipated Cinco De Mayo rematch in the wake of his failed drug tests for Clenbuterol. With only three weeks of preparation for the bout and almost two years since his last professional fight, Martirosyan faced long odds against the undefeated middleweight champion. Although he performed better than expected in the opening round of the fight, Martirosyan eventually succumbed to Golovkin's power and suffered a quick defeat via knock out in the 2nd round. When speaking of Golovkin's power in the post-fight, Martirosyan said it felt like he was "being hit by a train." Golovkin said, "It feels great to get a knockout. Vanes is a very good fighter. He caught me a few times in the first round. In the second round, I came out all business after I felt him out in the first round." For the fight, Golovkin landed 36 of 84 punches thrown (43%) and Martirosyan landed 18 of his 73 thrown (25%). Martirosyan received a purse of $225,000 for the fight.[23][24][25] The fight averaged 1,249,000 viewers and peaked at 1,361,000 viewers, making most-watched boxing match on cable television in 2018.[26]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
41 fights 36 wins 4 losses
By knockout 21 1
By decision 15 3
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
41 Loss 36–4–1   Gennady Golovkin KO 2 (12), 1:53 May 5, 2018   StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. For WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles
40 Loss 36–3–1   Erislandy Lara UD 12 May 21, 2016   Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBA and IBO light middleweight titles
39 Win 36–2–1   Ishe Smith MD 10 Sep 12, 2015   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
38 Loss 35–2–1   Jermell Charlo UD 10 Mar 28, 2015   Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
37 Win 35–1–1   Willie Nelson UD 10 Oct 4, 2014   Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S. Retained WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title
36 Win 34–1–1   Mario Alberto Lozano UD 10 Mar 21, 2014   Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S. Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title
35 Loss 33–1–1   Demetrius Andrade SD 12 Nov 9, 2013   American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S. For vacant WBO light middleweight title
34 Win 33–0–1   Ryan Davis TKO 2 (10), 2:01 Jun 15, 2013   American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
33 Draw 32–0–1   Erislandy Lara TD 9 (12), 0:26 Nov 10, 2012   Wynn Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Split TD after Martirosyan was cut from an accidental head clash
32 Win 32–0   Troy Lowry TKO 3 (10), 2:53 Feb 4, 2012   Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Retained WBC Silver light middleweight title
31 Win 31–0   Richard Gutierrez UD 10 Oct 29, 2011   WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, U.S.
30 Win 30–0   Saúl Román TKO 7 (12), 2:58 Jun 4, 2011   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC Silver light middleweight title
29 Win 29–0   Bladimir Hernandez KO 2 (8), 0:57 Mar 19, 2011   Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
28 Win 28–0   Joe Greene UD 10 Jun 5, 2010   Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NABF and WBO–NABO light middleweight titles;
Won vacant WBA International light middleweight title
27 Win 27–0   Kassim Ouma UD 10 Jan 16, 2010   The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained NABF and WBO–NABO light middleweight titles
26 Win 26–0   Willie Lee TKO 3 (10), 2:13 Dec 19, 2009   Beeghly Center, Youngstown, Ohio, U.S. Won NABF and vacant WBONABO light middleweight titles
25 Win 25–0   Andrey Tsurkan RTD 6 (10), 3:00 Jun 27, 2009   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
24 Win 24–0   Harrison Cuello TKO 1 (8), 2:13 May 16, 2009   Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.
23 Win 23–0   Billy Lyell UD 8 Feb 7, 2009   Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.
22 Win 22–0   Charles Howe TKO 1 (10), 1:20 Nov 1, 2008   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
21 Win 21–0   Michael Medina UD 10 Sep 19, 2008   Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.
20 Win 20–0   Ángel Hernández UD 10 Jun 26, 2008   The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
19 Win 19–0   Michi Munoz TKO 3 (10), 2:20 Feb 7, 2008   The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
18 Win 18–0   Clarence Taylor UD 6 Jan 4, 2008   Alameda Swap Meet, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
17 Win 17–0   Dan Wallace TKO 1 (6), 1:34 Dec 20, 2007   The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
16 Win 16–0   Patrick Thompson UD 6 Oct 4, 2007   The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
15 Win 15–0   Alexis Division RTD 3 (8), 0:10 Aug 30, 2007   Grand Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.
14 Win 14–0   Alberto Mercedes TKO 7 (8), 1:17 Jun 29, 2007   Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, Camp Verde, Arizona, U.S.
13 Win 13–0   Nelson Estupinan TKO 2 (8), 2:59 Apr 27, 2007   Grand Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.
12 Win 12–0   Taronze Washington TKO 2 (8), 2:22 Jan 27, 2007   Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.
11 Win 11–0   Edgar Reyes RTD 4 (6), 3:00 Nov 18, 2006   Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0   Marcus Brooks UD 6 Aug 12, 2006   Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
9 Win 9–0   Oscar Gonzalez TKO 1 (6), 2:14 Jun 3, 2006   Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   Tefo Seetso KO 3 (6), 0:55 Apr 8, 2006   Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Juan Pablo Montes de Oca TKO 3 (6), 1:21 Feb 18, 2006   The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   Abdias Castillo TKO 5 (6), 1:45 Nov 12, 2005   Wynn Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   Tony Morales TKO 1 (6), 2:37 Oct 8, 2005   Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   Gerardo Cesar Prieto UD 6 Sep 10, 2005   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   Fernando Vela UD 4 Aug 26, 2005   D&I Colonial Ballroom, Houston, Texas, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Jovanni Rubio TKO 1 (4), 2:55 May 28, 2005   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Jesse Orta UD 4 Apr 8, 2005   Fort McDowell Casino, Fountain Hills, Arizona, U.S. Professional debut

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ HBO World Championship Boxing tale of the tape prior to the Gennady Golovkin fight.
  2. ^ a b c "Bio Personal Background". Archived from the original on April 15, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Donovan, Jake (February 7, 2008). "New School Pick of the Week: Vanes Martirosyan". Boxing Scene. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Anson Wainwright. "Vanes Martirosyan: "I'm calling out the champions. None of them are responding to me."". Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  5. ^ Pucin, Diane (August 19, 2004). "Dad's in His Corner". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Idec, Keith (April 27, 2018). "Golovkin: Martirosyan Was Best Fighter on 2004 US Olympic Team". Boxing Scene. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Gabriel Rizk (September 17, 2011). "Martirosyan counters". Glendale News-Press. Archived from the original on October 28, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  8. ^ Rafael, Dan (June 23, 2010). "Shelly Finkel leaving boxing management". ESPN. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Christ, Scott (September 16, 2010). "Pacquiao's Camp Team: Chavez, Martirosyan, Holloway, Tapia". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved September 16, 2010.
  10. ^ Kim, Steve (January 11, 2008). "Notes: Martirosyan Finds Focus in Houston". Yahoo!. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  11. ^ Lance Pugmire (January 5, 2008). "Martirosyan scores impressive victory". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 7, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Rafael, Dan (June 6, 2010). "Vanes Martirosyan gets past Joe Greene in ugly fight". ESPN. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  14. ^ Ambrose, Dan (March 19, 2011). "Martirosyan destroys Hernandez in two". Boxing News 24. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  15. ^ Melik-Stepanyan, Edgar (June 5, 2011). "Martirosyan rallies for TKO in 7th". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ "CBS/PBC Deal Revealed: Stevenson-Bika, Chavez". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  21. ^ Gordon, Grant (March 28, 2015). "Martirosyan on wrong end of close decision against Jermell Charlo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  22. ^ "Vanes: I Positively Feel 100% That I Beat Charlo". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  23. ^ Rafael, Dan. "Gennady Golovkin knocks out Vanes Martirosyan at StubHub Center". ESPN. ESPN. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Gennady Golovkin Blasts Out Vanes Martirosyan in Two Rounds". Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  25. ^ "Gennady Golovkin stops Vanes Martirosyan to retain middleweight titles". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  26. ^ "Golovkin-Martirosyan Cable's Most-Watched Boxing Match in 2018". Retrieved 2018-05-08.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Willie Lee
NABF light middleweight champion
December 19, 2009 – March 2011
Title next held by
Grady Brewer
Title last held by
Carlos Molina
light middleweight champion

December 19, 2009 – March 2011
Title next held by
Jonathan González
Title last held by
Austin Trout
WBA International
light middleweight champion

June 5, 2010 – March 2011
Title next held by
Damian Jonak
Title last held by
Canelo Álvarez
WBC Silver
light middleweight champion

June 4, 2011 – November 2012
Title next held by
Sergey Rabchenko
Title last held by
Brian Rose
WBO Inter-Continental
light middleweight champion

March 21, 2014 – March 2015
Title next held by
Liam Smith