By Jose “Silensachi” Batista
Photo Credit Chris Farina – Top Rank
Vanes Martirosyan has always been a solid fighter. In the world of boxing being a solid fighter isn’t always enough to solidify your spot as one of the top fighters in the sport. Martirosyan 36-3-1, 21 KO’s recently took to social media with his displeasures about his managerial and promotional situations. Boxing Scene reported on a tweet from Martirosyan.
“I want all my boxing fans to know that I’m not happy with my manager, Al Haymon, and my promoter, Tom Brown,” Martirosyan wrote. “They are holding me back! I have too much respect for this bulls*t. They don’t wanna answer my calls, but they answer my tweets! Champs keep cherry picking around each other,” tweeted Martirosyan.
The reality of boxing is that, it’s a what have you done for me lately sport. Martirosyan’s recent fights has not indicated that he’s a top flight fighter. Martirosyan has compiled an average record of 2-2 since joining Al Haymon’s stable as a PBC fighter. He has wins over Willie Nelson and Ishe Smith as a Haymon fighter, however when he has stepped up in competition he has lost his most important fights. He’s suffered defeat against Erislandy Lara and Jermell Charlo.
It seems unfair for a fighter to claim that his promotional and managerial companies are holding him back considering his last fight was actually for a world title against Lara. The WBA junior middleweight title of the world was at stake in their bout.
Before being an Al Haymon fighter Martirosyan he also had stints with Top Rank (Bob Arum), Goosen Tutor Promotions (the late Dan Goosen). He is currently with TBG Promotions (Tom G. Brown) not Ten Goose Boxing who took over for his departed brother and law Goosen. Martirosyan has not been stable as he has gone through several different promoters and hall of fame trainers Freddie Roach and Joe Goosen throughout his career.
Showtime recently announced a slew of fights for their upcoming schedule to start 2017. Martirosyan was not mentioned in either of those upcoming bouts, perhaps it is no surprise given his lackluster performances since joining Haymon.
There is no knock on Martirosyan, he is a good fighter, however not at the top tier level of the sport. He has historically lost in the biggest fights of his career against formidable opponents as mentioned above, he has also tasted defeat against Demetrius Andrade in 2014 which was also fight for a vacant world title. Martirosyan is one of those fighters who is good enough to secure world title fights. Martirosyan has always had an internal conflict within himself as he is fighting his managerial and promotional companies before the fight in the ring.Contact the Feature Writers