By Francisco Salazar
It almost seems like yesterday when unbeaten Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) had his hand raised before about 30,000 fans at Yankee Stadium with his victory over previously-unbeaten Joe Greene. However, it has been over seven months since unbeaten Martirosyan has stepped inside the ring. Yes, that is seven months. The wait was supposed to end on Saturday, February 5th, as Martirosyan was supposed to fight at the Activities Center in Maywood, CA. Martirosyan was excited, so were numerous fight fans, and a viewing audience that would watch on Fox Sports Net’s popular “Top Rank Live” series. Unfortunately, the Armenian-American fighter will have to wait longer for a fight to materialize.
“It’s unfortunate, but Vanes is off of the card on the February 5th,” said Steven Fader, Martirosyan’s manager since November. “We were scheduled to fight J.C. Candelo in a 10 round bout, but he backed out of the fight.”
For Martirosyan to stay on the card, the search was on for a suitable opponent. However, when the only suitable opponents would fight in approved eight round fights, Fader decided that it was not in Martirosyan’s best interests to fight on the February 5th.
“Vanes has 28 professional fights and ranked very high in the sanctioning bodies. It did not make sense for Vanes to fight in an eight round fight, when he has already reached a level where he should fight in 10 and 12 round fights.”
Another factor for Martirosyan not fighting on the card was Freddie Roach unavailable to train him full time. Roach has been in Mexico with Julio Cesar Chavez in recent days as Chavez prepares to fight Billy Lyell this Saturday night.
When Roach returns from Mexico to the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, where Martirosyan trains out of, Fader wants his fighter to train as much as he can to be ready by early March.
“I want Vanes to have at least two solid weeks with Freddie. From there, I’d be comfortable to then work on a fight for Vanes. He wants to get back in the ring. With the victory we had over Joe Greene, Vanes should have had another fight. But, now we’re working to get him a fight or two, and then fight for a world title.”
Now the hope is for Martirosyan to fight soon and not wait any longer. Not wait eight months. Or nine months. Or even longer.