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.
Martirosyan celebrating his victory against Joe Greene, 2010
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Born||Vanes Norikovich Martirosyan|
May 1, 1986
Abovyan, Armenian SSR,
|Wins by KO||21|
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.
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.
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. He was on the same olympic team as Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell.
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. 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.
Vanes was 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, including Manny Pacquiao and Julio César Chávez, Jr..
Martirosyan subsequently scored a shutout unanimous decision over Clarence Taylor, and also recorded wins against Billy Lyell (who would later topple previously unbeaten John Duddy), Harrison Cuello, Andrey Tsurkan and Willie Lee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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). 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.
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. The fight averaged 1,249,000 viewers and peaked at 1,361,000 viewers, making most-watched boxing match on cable television in 2018.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|41 fights||36 wins||4 losses|
|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 WBO–NABO 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|
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|Regional boxing titles|
| NABF light middleweight champion
December 19, 2009 – March 2011
Title next held byGrady Brewer
Title last held byCarlos Molina
light middleweight champion
December 19, 2009 – March 2011
Title next held byJonathan González
Title last held byAustin Trout
| WBA International
light middleweight champion
June 5, 2010 – March 2011
Title next held byDamian Jonak
Title last held byCanelo Álvarez
| WBC Silver
light middleweight champion
June 4, 2011 – November 2012
Title next held bySergey Rabchenko
Title last held byBrian Rose
| WBO Inter-Continental
light middleweight champion
March 21, 2014 – March 2015
Title next held byLiam Smith