By Butch Gottlieb/Boxinginlasvegas.com
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Knockout artists and top-rated super welterweight contenders Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs), a native of Armenia who fights out of Glendale, Calif., and Erislandy “El Oro Del Guantanamo” Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs), a native of Cuba, who now fights out of Houston, along with undefeated #1 featherweight contender Miguel “Mikey” Garcia, (29-0, 25 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., former world featherweight champion Jonathan “Yoni” Barros (34-3-1, 17 KOs), of Mendoza, Argentina, and undefeated super bantamweight contender and Las Vegas native Jessie Magdaleno (11-0, 8 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev., hosted a Las Vegas Media Day Workout at the Top Rank Gym. All five fighters are in their final days of training before they step into the ring for the biggest battles of their lives on Saturday in the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas. Martirosyan vs. Lara and Garcia vs. Barros will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
Martirosyan said that he has been sparring 3 days a week at the Wild Card Gym and Freddie (Roach) has helped him with his mental outlook more then anything. He said that Roach is a master strategist and that he has spotted a lot of flaws in Lara’s game. He went on to say that Lara’s people have been mouthing off on Twitter and if they think this fight will be a walk in the park Lara will get knocked out. “I have also heard that the winner of our fight will get a shot at Canelo Alvarez for the WBC title and I want that shot.”
Lara said that he has learned a lot from his trainer Ronnie Shields and that they have also devised a game plan and that he is very happy that this fight is finally going to happen because Martirosyan had turned down this fight twice before.
Garcia: I was down because this was supposed to be my world title fight opportunity but everything happens for a reason and here I am on HBO without having a title. God willing after this fight I will get my world title opportunity.
Barrios: I am happy for this opportunity I know the arena will be full of Mexicans rooting for Garcia and that does not bother me. After this fight I would like to fight Daniel Ponce De Leon.
Magdaleno: I am ready to fight right now. I am in great shape.