Gennady Martirosyan Ready For Action, Eyes Pirog Shot

By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev

Later tonight in Saint Petersburg, Russia, WBO #1 ranked middleweight Gennady Martirosyan (21-2, 10 KOs) is coming back to the ring for the first time in 2011. The WBO European champion will take on Argentinean journeyman Valentin Antonio Ochoa (20-18-2, 8 KOs) in a non-title ten-rounder in preparation for his future fight with fellow compatriot and WBO champion Dmitry Pirog (18-0, 14 KOs).

“As you certainly know, Gennady is a challenger for the WBO belt currently owned by the fellow Russian fighter”, said Martirosyan’s manager Alexander Yagupov in his recent conversation with Andrey Bazdrev of “And we consider each contest as a stepping stone for the future showdown with Dmitry Pirog. The last time out it took Gena less than three rounds to completely demolish his opponent (22-4 Vitor Sa of Portugal), so he definitely needs more fight practice and he surely should be more active”.

Ochoa is just 1-11-1 in his last 13 fights but Yagupov considers him a viable challenge.

“Negotiations with Team Pirog are under way right now but it will take us no less than two or three months to give it a go. We shall prepare nicely for the upcoming match-up and that is what we are doing now. Ochoa had a strange loss to Javier Francisco Maciel, who has knocked him out in one, but Valentin was simply unprepared for that fight. He is a good fighter, and he is a counter-puncher – just like Dmitry Pirog. He has a nice right hand and he is of the same stature with Dmitry. We don’t pay any attention to his record; we just want a nice work in the ring and more rounds and that is what we aiming at."

Also on the card is Konstantin Piternov (12-1, 4 KOs), who will enter the ring just a month removed from his crushing loss to Dmitry Sukhotskiy (18-1, 12 KOs) in Kemerovo. Piternov, who is a Russian light heavyweight champion, goes down in weight to face durable trialhorse Vasily Andriyanov (8-25, 1 KO). “Piternov will compete at 168 lbs from now on. Light heavyweight isn’t his division”, commented Yagupov. Tajik slugger Sherali Mamadaliev (12-1, 7 KOs) will take on Sergey Sergeev (2-1) over six. The show will be held at “Typhoon” sport club and will start at 6 PM LT.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Walt Liquor on 04-16-2011

lulz, if dude wants to continue boxing, he better let the other gennady step up, cuz thos dude will get k to the t effffff 0!!!!

Comment by SluggerFan on 04-16-2011

How is Ochoa, who is 1-13-1 in his last 15 fights going to prepare Gennady Martirosyan to fight Dimitry Pirog for a title? They couldn't find anybody better than this...

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