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Vanes wants to be like Pacman!

USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan, reunited with chief trainer Freddie Roach, says he’s throwing “every punch faster and with a lot more force.” “Freddie and Michael Moorer have spent a lot of time with me at the Wild Card Gym,” said Martirosyan. “I feel strong and confident. I’m going to throw a lot of punches and with a lot of power. Freddie is teaching me to be more explosive, like Manny Pacquiao.”
Martirosyan, 23-0, of Glendale, Ca. will take on super welterweight Harrison Cuello, 16-9-2, of New York on Top Rank’s fight card on Saturday, May 16, at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada.

As an amateur Martirosyan had wins over Andre Berto, Timothy Bradley and Shawn Estrada. “I got my nickname ‘Nightmare’ during the Western Trials when I began beating all of the ranked fighters,” said Vanes.

Vanes was born in Abozyan, Armenia. His father was an amateur boxer. The family moved to Glendale, Ca. when Vanes was four years old.

“Dad said I had a lot of energy, always running around the house,” said Vanes. “I began boxing at the age of seven.”

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On the same card Brandon Rios, 19-0-1, of Oxnard, Ca., will take on lightweight Oscar Meza, 18-2, of Culiacan, Mexico in the featured bout on Azteca America on the Saturday night fight card. Rios is managed by Cameron Dunkin and trained by Robert Garcia.

“I train at La Colonia Gym in Oxnard,” Rios said. “My style is agressiveness, always coming forward to put on pressure. However, if I have to box, I will. I can adjust real quick.”

Rios, ranked WBC #15, was a 2004 U.S. National Champion and a U.S. Olympic alternate at 125 pounds. He is called ‘Bam Bam.”

He was born in Lubbock, Texas, moved to Garden City, Kansas and now lives in Oxnard.

The weigh in is Friday, 4:30 pm. On Saturday the first bell is 6:30 pm at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. The Azteca America telecast begins at 7 pm. Tickets at $100, $50 and $20 are available at the Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino box office.

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