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Vanes Martirosyan

Vanes Martirosyan

Vanes Martirosyan


Born: May 1st, 1986
Residence: Glendale, California
Birthplace: Abovyan, Armenia

Nationality: Armenian American

Height: 6’0”
Weight: 154
Reach: 73″
Division: Super Welterweight
Stance: Orthodox

Promoter: Top Rank
Managers: Shelly Finkel, Nick Khan, Keith Davidson
Trainer: Ronnie Shields
(2008 – Present). Freddie Roach (2005-2008)

Vanes Martirosyan is a sensational contender in todays tough and popular 154 pound Junior Middleweight division.

After returning from the 2004 Olympics where he represented the USA in Athens, Greece, Vanes signed a professional contract with Top Rank. Promoter Bob Arum said, “This is a major signing for us. We think Vanes is a tremendous talent and a future star, and we have big plans for him.” The deal was inked at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and another star was born for Top Rank and the boxing world.

Vanes also signed with highly regarded boxing manager Shelly Finkel, who also manages the Klitschko brothers, former world champions Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Manny Pacquiao and Fernando Vargas.

Martirosyan started his professional boxing career with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who also trains the likes of Oscar de la Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Manny Pacquaio, James Toney and many more. His pro debut came on April 8, 2005 where he would outclass his opponent Jesse Orta to a 4 round unanimous decision victory igniting a promising career.

Still undefeated but in need of change in his training regime, Vanes made a move to Houston, Texas in late 2007 to continue his training with another legendary trainer in Ronnie Shields. Shields also boasts a strong resume training Evander Holyfield, Juan Diaz, and Rocky Juarez to name a few in his current stable of fighters.

Regarding his nickname, when Vanes was fighting his way through the Olympic Trials, that’s what everybody was calling him, ‘Nightmare.’ As he fought in the Western Trials, Vanes started beating all the guys that were highly ranked nationwide. The young Nightmare underdog came in and beat all the favorites to eventually make the 2004 US Olympic 13 man boxing team. He would then go into the history books as the first ever Armenian to represent the United States in the Olympics as well as the first ever US Olympian from his hometown of Glendale, California.