By Allan Fox: Junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (33-1-1, 21 KO’s) will be fighting for the first time tonight with new promoter Dan Goosen and new trainer Joe Goosen in his 10 round bout on ESPN 2 against Mario Alberto Lozano (28-4, 22 KO’s) at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. Martirosyan, 27, is no longer with Top Rank after his loss to Demetrius Andrade last November.
With Martirosyan no longer with Top Rank, he’s now more likely to have a better chance of getting fights against Golden Boy Promotions fighters like Erislandy Lara and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez than he was before. That’s not an altogether good thing for Martirosyan though because he failed to prove that he was better than Lara when a fight between them was set up in late 2012, with the two fighters battling to a controversial 9 round technical draw.
For Martirosyan to get a big money fight against Saul Alvarez, he’s going to need to start beating guys a lot better than Lozano, Ryan Davis, Troy Lowy, Richard Gutierrez, Bladimir Hernandez, Joe Greene, and Kassim Ouma. These are the guys that Martirosyan has been beating for the past four years.
Martirosyan has had two good opponents he’s faced in the past four years in Lara and Demetrius Andrade, and he was unable to prove that he was better than either of them. With Martirosyan’s lack of success against quality opposition and his tendency to fight mostly weak opponents, no wonder he’s no longer Top Rank. The problem that Martirosyan has had is that he never proved that he could fight the top tier opposition. He’s beaten the lower quality opponents, but when he’s stepped it up, he’s come up short.
If Martirosyan can’t beat Lozano tonight then he needs to think seriously about retiring from the sport because there are much better opposition than this in the 154 lb division.
Lamont Peterson’s brother Anthony Peterson will be on the card in a 10 round fight against Marcos Jimenez in the lightweight division.