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Mashantucket, CT (October 5, 2014) World ranked junior middleweight contender VANES “The Nightmare” MARTIROSYAN entered the top echelon of his division on Saturday night with an outstanding 10-round unanimous decision over fellow contender WILLIE NELSON from the Foxwoods Resort Casino and telecast live on SHOWTIME.

Scores for Martirosyan, now 35-1-1 (21KO’s) were 97-93, 97-93 and

96-94 over Nelson who moved to 23-2-1 (13KO’s).

Changing the momentum of the fight in the second round with a big right hand and surviving a bad cut above his right eye suffered in the fourth, Martirosyan fought brilliantly over the second half of the fight.

With the clash hanging in the balance entering the 8th stanza, Martirosyan stormed away with hammering right hands and hard-hitting body shots to pull away from the taller Nelson.

After the fight the 28-year-old Martirosyan spoke about the recent passing of his promoter DAN GOOSSEN, head of GOOSSEN BOXING.

“This fight is for Dan, it was a hard week but in the 8th round I could feel his spirit and really hit my stride,” said Martirosyan. “I know he was looking down and watching and I’m happy to dedicate this win to him.”

Said TOM BROWN of GOOSSEN BOXING, “This was a big win for Vanes. When we signed him in January we were confident that he was one of the best junior middleweights in the world and tonight confirmed that.”

For his second straight fight the 2004 U.S. Olympian had esteemed trainer JOE GOOSSEN, Dan’s brother, in his corner.

Entering the fight, Martirosyan was ranked #4 by the World Boxing Organization, #8 by the International Boxing Federation, #9 by the World Boxing Council and #14 by the World Boxing Association.

MARTIROSYAN vs. NELSON will be replayed on SHO Extreme on Monday, October 6th at 10:00 p.m. ET.


Date:  Saturday, November 9, 2013

Title:  Vacant WBO Jr. Middleweight Championship

Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

Promoter:  Top Rank

Supervisor:  Rolando Marcos Hermoso

Referee:  John Schorle

Judges:   Don Griffin (114-113); Jesse Reyes (117-110); Javier Alvarez (112-115) 

Result:   Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade won WBO Junior Middleweight Title beating Vanes Martirosyan by split decision.


Por Aleudi Rosario Cotto –  La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) anuncia los oficiales que trabajarán este sábado, 9 de noviembre, en las peleas mundiales, entre Román “Rocky” Martínez y Miguel Ángel “Mikey” García, así como Vanes Martirosyan ante Demetrius Andrade, que se efectuarán en el American Bank Center de Corpus Christi, Texas, en una presentación de Top Rank, que será transmitida por HBO.


El presidente de la OMB, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, informó que para la tercera defensa del monarca junior ligero del organismo, el puertorriqueño Rocky Martínez (27-1-2, 16 KOs) ante el primer retador y ex campeón pluma de la OMB, el estadounidense Mikey García (32-0, 27 KOs), el árbitro será Laurence Cole.


Mientras, los jueces que oficiarán el pleito Martínez-García serán Oren Shellemberger y David LaCobucci, ambos de Texas, y Levi Martínez de Nuevo México. El supervisor de la OMB para este encuentro será Richard De Cuir.


Por otro lado, los invictos Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) y Demetrius Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs), primero y segundo clasificado, respectivamente, disputarán el vacante cetro junior mediano de la OMB, y para esta pelea el árbitro será John Schorle.


Los jueces para la reyerta entre el armenio Martirosyan y el estadounidense Andrade los texanos Don Griffin, Jesse Reyes y Javier Álvarez. El supervisor de la OMB para esta pelea será Rolando Marcos Hermoso.



Brian Rose came through a gruelling contest to gain a split decision over Argentina’s Javier Maciel in their WBO light-middleweight eliminator in Sheffield.

It was a fight of contrasting styles with the wild Maciel providing most of the aggression, but Rose offering much the more accurate and considered work despite being on the back foot for long spells.

In the end he was given the nod with Maciel getting a 115-113 verdict from one judge, but the Englishman was awarded it 117-111 by another and then 116-113 on the third and final card.

It was Maciel who was favourite with the bookmakers going into the bout, but Rose put down an early marker as he shaded the first behind some good work with his jab.

Maciel was much more aggressive in the second and was soon throwing big shots with increasing regularity forcing his rival to cover up. Indeed, Rose was doing most of his work on the back foot and trying to make his opponent miss.

Maciel started the fourth by landing with a crunching upper-cut, but Rose absorbed it well and continued to pop accurate if not powerful shots back to ensure he remained well in contention.

The Argentine finished the fifth with another barrage of shots and even raised his hand aloft as he made his way back to his stool. But, despite a nasty cut on the bridge of his nose, Rose’s spirit was by no means broken and he battled on gamely.

The eighth proved something of a turning point. Maciel launched a sustained and frenzied attack on his opponent and looked to have hurt his man having backed Rose up on the ropes.

But the Englishman took the South American’s best shots and then finished the round much the stronger and, by the time the bell sounded, Maciel’s barrage looked to have taken more out of him than his rival.

“You still haven’t seen the best of me, as I go up in levels the better I get. I’m happy with that performance, I’m more than happy. I’m over the moon.”
Brian Rose

Rejuvenated Rose

It was Rose stalking his man in the ninth and he would go on to look the fresher over the course of the next couple of rounds.

The 11th proved to be almost an action-replay of the eighth as Maciel again hurt his man and unloaded relentlessly only to then be pegged back a defiant Rose.

The final round saw both men struggling wearily to have the final say, but despite Maciel’s best efforts it was the accuracy of Rose which prevailed in the eyes of the judges.

The victory earns Rose a crack at the winner of the fight between Vanes Martirosyan and Dmetrius Andrade who meet next month for the vacant WBO light-middleweight title in Texas.

A delighted Rose told Sky Sports afterwards: “I’m usually a pretty cool character, but I wasn’t cool when I got that decision – I burst into tears. I found it really hard at times – there were times when I had to dig deep. I’ve never had to do that before

“You still haven’t seen the best of me, as I go up in levels the better I get. I’m happy with that performance, I’m more than happy. I’m over the moon.

“I was a bit unsure, I thought I’d done enough, I thought I was up by three or four rounds.

Rose’s promoter Eddie Hearn added: “I thought that was a great performance. Maciel was the favourite going into the fight. I thought it was close, but he showed the heart of a lion.”



By Alexey Sukachev –

Abel Sanchez, the trainer of ex-WBO light middleweight champion, Zaurbek Baysangurov (28-1, 20 KOs), revealed the reasons behind his protégé’s recent withdrawal from the fight with a mandatory challenger Demetrius Andrade, scheduled for July 6 in Kiev, to Sportbox.ru .

“Zaurbek was training very hard, trying to get in shape. On the Wednesday of that week, we had an open workout, which included an eight-round sparring session, and Zaurbek felt pain in his back afterwards. On Thursday we did a bit of jogging, but his condition worsened. I think it was an old injury he had received in the past. Then we had a light training session and another period of jogging. His back gave up; he was in sharp pain, so he had to visit a doctor”.

“Zaurbek had been training so hard for the fight, but this cancellation will be a blessing after all. He would have been unable to complete his task against Andrade without proper ring movement. I guess he could be back in five or six months from this point”.

Baysangurov’s WBO title was declared vacant, with undefeated former US Olympians Demetrius Andrade (2008) and Vanes Martirosyan (2004) being the frontrunners for the vacated belt. The winner of this bout will have to take on Baysangurov right after that.