If I Were a Boxing Matchmaker: Vanes Martirosyan

Guys I would target
Source: Los Angeles Times

Howdy folks. Today I’d like to discuss a man who is another man rarely spoken about.

Vanes Martirosyan 36-4-1 (21 KOs)

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Vanes Martirosyan is a quality fighter with a stacked resume against very good opposition. It is pretty obvious that he doesn’t mind getting in the ring with just about any man out there and that alone is a respectable trait.

We talk about zeroes on records as if it is the most accomplished feat you can have, but I usually tend to disagree with that argument. It is not a ‘0’ on your record that makes you the best in the world, it is the record you accomplish through competitive superiority. When you have a ‘0’ and have fought decent or over-matched opponents most of your career, then you should not be considered the best in the world. When you have fought the best men that the sport has to offer and come out with a couple of wins and a couple of losses, then you should be considered better than the boxer with the 0. There are so many examples of this that we can refer to, but I will just name one for now.

Floyd Mayweather is a great one. There is no question that Floyd is one of the most gifted fighters that this sport has ever seen, however he gives himself more credit than he deserves when it comes to being considered the greatest to lace on a pair. Fighters like Ray Leonard, Muhammed Ali, Ray Robinson, etc., might have lost matches, but they took the chances to fight the best at the time that they should have fought–men in their primes.

Now I am not comparing Martirosyan to any of those legends, or for that matter many of the best in the sport today. However, I am saying that he deserves some recognition for having the balls to step in the ring with many of the top men in this sport. Martirosyan has the ability to compete with many of the best fighters in the super welterweight division, possibly even defeat some of them. He has already fought Gennady Golovkin, Jermell Charlo, Demetrius Andrade and Erislandy Lara twice. Although he lost the majority of those bouts, he was certainly competitive in most of them, except the Golovkin fight.

Martirosyan is not an elite talent, but has the ability to make good bouts against solid competition. Vanes is also one of the few men to actually expose some of the tiresome bullshit that goes on in this sport and it’s unfortunate that he is paying the price for doing so. The sport needs more men like this to expose these promoter predators from taking advantage of these fighters. Hopefully Vanes can get another shot at proving his worth.

Here are some matches that I would go after if I were helping to guide his career.

#1 Matchup: Jessie Vargas 29-2-2 (11 KOs)

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Vargas is a quality operator. He is similar to Martirosyan in many ways. They are both very good boxers, but not quite good enough to defeat the best out there. Vargas also does not have a problem stepping in the ring with anybody. He has already fought Humberto Soto, Thomas Dulorme, Adrien Broner, Manny Pacquiao, Sadam Ali, Tim Bradley, Antonio Demarco, Anton Novikov, Khabib Allakverdiev, Steve Forbes, Josesito Lopez and Vivian Harris. Several good names to have on your resume and rarely takes a “tune up” fight in between. Very respectable resume so far. This would be a very competitive fight that could go either way and would be a perfect fight to either add as a co-main to a premier main bout in Las Vegas, or it could be a good main event at a smaller venue in Nevada or California.

#2 Matchup: Austin Trout 31-5-1 (17 KOs)

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Austin Trout is the kind of guy who you can consider for almost anybody at, or near the top of the super welterweight division. He is also a guy that hangs in there against the best players, yet rarely beats them. He is a tough boxer who can make for a long night for Vanes. Just like the Vargas bout, this would be tough to predict on betting polls. Probably a 50/50 type fight at this point. This could be a chance for either man to get themselves into contention for a fight against the best at 154. This could be set up in a place like California, Nevada, Arizona or New Mexico.

#3 Matchup: Patrick Teixeira 30-1 (22 KOs)

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Teixeira is a decent contender at 154. Again, just like I keep pointing out with all of the other opponents that I believe Martirosyan should go after right now, Patrick is a mid-level type guy. He can defeat some of the guys near the top of the division, but probably won’t be defeating the men at the very top anytime soon. Teixeira hasn’t been on the map for long in this division, but with his win over Nathaniel Gallimore, he put his name in the hat. Again, this would be an opportunity for either man to make a statement to reel in the titleholders for a potential match. Teixeira is a tall boxer who uses his jab pretty well. My problem with him is that he leaves his hands down low a lot and also throws wide punches often. Martirosyan has the upper hand in speed and movement, but Teixeira can hit. It would be a matter of Patrick being able to catch Vanes with one of those big shots. This could be set up in California, or possibly even Armenia.

#4 Matchup: Terrell Gausha 21-1-1 (10 KOs)

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Gausha is a good boxer with a high guard. Not the most pleasing style for fans, but still a difficult one to deal with for Vanes and many other boxers. I don’t foresee Gausha becoming a champion anytime in the near future, however he has a shot to upset a couple of top contenders. This is where Martirosyan needs to make his living at this moment. In order to build his brand back up, he can go after guys like this to eliminate all of these contenders to try and give the bigger names little reason to avoid him. Not suggesting that he beats them all, but it’s worth the chance. Even if he lost to a couple of them, or all of them, he still builds a name for people to know, or remember. This also could be a 50/50 type match and this would also be a good co-main event on a 154-pound undercard, or could be a decent main event in a smaller venue in California.

#5 Matchup: Erickson Lubin 21-1 (16 KOs)

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I suppose that I will repeat this again. Lubin is a very solid contender, but probably not a world beater. Lubin versus Martirosyan is a perfect match to see where each man stands in the division. Lubin is currently a top ten-ish contender, which gives Martirosyan an opportunity to leap ahead in the mix if he could win. This is another 50/50 type fight. Lubin is the boxer puncher who would need to use distance, Martirosyan would need to be the aggressor, using combinations. This would be a tough style match up for both men. This can take place in California.

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