Saturday night at the new Yankee Stadium in supporting bout to the main event between Cotto and Foreman, unbeaten super welterweight prospect from Glendale, California, Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan dominated very difficult, previously undefeated Mean Joe Green from Brooklyn, New York in a ten round fight. Considering his performance, 2004 Us Olympian won’t be doing supporting bouts too much longer.
To appreciate just how big of a challenge Martirosyan took on Saturday night, one has to realize that Joe Green was a decorated amateur, several times Golden Gloves Champion; he missed being on 2004 Olympic team loosing by one point to Andre Dirrell in a supper middleweight division. Despite fighting a naturally bigger guy, whose amateur career was two weight divisions higher and who was also unbeaten as a professional after twenty two bouts, Martirosyan made his job look relatively easy. Under a watchful eye of famed trainer Freddie Roach, Vanes used advantages in height reach and speed to control the action from the onset and to his credit never really allowed his adversary back into the fight. Even when it looked like the tide might have been turning as Joe Green had a pretty productive fifth round in which he managed to get Vanes’ left eye swollen, Martirosyan showed a heart of a true warrior and came out firing on all cylinders to extinguish any feeble hope his opponent might have had of gaining any momentum.
Martirosyan did not dominate every minute of every round, but he controlled the action enough in most frames to emerge a clear cut unanimous decision winner on judge’s scorecards: 96-93, 96-93, and 98-91. In the seventh Vanes made a mark on the face of Joe Green with a straight right hand drawing blood. After that moment it looked like Green was resigned to loosing a decision and could not wait for the fight to be over.
He seemed to loose concentration from time to time and paid for it at the tail end of the bout when he looked at the clock and got dropped by a combination from Vanes. It was not a hard knock down, but more of off balance inattention drop that caused him two points and sealed the deal for Martirosyan at the end of the night.
The most impressive thing about Vanes Martirosyan was that he stayed focused and on course that was developed by Coach Freddie Roach during hard training days in Hollywood. The only time he got overly aggressive was in the sixth stanza, after his eye got swollen in the fifth, just to let his opponent know that he was still in control.
First fight into his new five year promotional contract with Top Rank, twenty four year old Martirosyan is primed to enter an elite level of super welterweight division. Even prior to his bout with Joe Green, Vanes expressed a desire to take on the most avoided man in boxing Paul Williams. If nothing else, his confidence level is sky high.
“I wanna thank all of my fans for the support and the new ones i got from my fight last night,” said Martirosyan on his face book post:” When i win we all win together i wanna wish everyone nothing but the best and thanks for the love and support together to the top. GOD BLESS bigger and better things to come i hope Paul Williams steps up and fights me I’m ready lets do this its my time.”