By Francisco Salazar
Second chances come few and far between, especially in the sport of boxing.
Vanes Martirosyan has accomplished a lot in the sport of boxing, but he is still chasing that elusive world title belt.
He thinks a new promoter and a new trainer will get him there. Friday night was the first step towards that goal, but the boxing world wonders whether he could do it consistently down the road.
Martirosyan won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Mario Lozano at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA.
The bout headlined a Goossen Tutor Promotions card and was broadcast live on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" telecast.
In his last bout on November 9th, Martirosyan lost a 12 round split decision to Demetrius Andrade. After the new year, Martirosyan signed with Goossen Tutor Promotions after having fought on the Top Rank banner since making his professional debut in 2005.
Martirosyan began working with trainer Joe Goossen three weeks ago.
From the opening bell, Martirosyan was aggressive and took the fight to Lozano. Martirosyan kept landing repeatedly with right hands to the head, causing blood to come out of Lozano's nose before the end of the first round.
Midway through the second round, Martirosyan dropped Lozano with a counter right hand to the head. Lozano did not look visibly hurt, got up, and fought on.
Martirosyan fought from the outside, but still kept landing repeatedly with right hands to the head. Every so often, he would throw and land an occasional left hook.
Despite getting dropped and was losing the fight, Lozano fought back, catching Martirosyan with lead or counter right hands to the head. Anytime Lozano mounted a rally, Martirosyan swung momentum in his favor.
All three judges, including Boxingscene.com, scored the bout 100-89 in favor of Martirosyan, who improves to 34-1-1, 21 KOs. Lozano falls to 27-5, 20 KOs.
Lightweight Anthony Peterson won a 10-round unanimous decision over Marcos Jimenez.
Peterson is the younger brother of Lamont Peterson.
Peterson peppered Jimenez with jabs that were followed by right hands to the head during the first two rounds.
Jimenez came on in the third round, pressing the fight and finding some success in landing overhand right hands to the head. His aggression got the best of him at times as some of his punches landed below Peterson's beltline, which prompted warnings from referee Raul Caiz, Jr.
Both fighters found themselves fighting on the inside in the middle rounds. Both landed hooks and crosses to the head and body, but Peterson's were far more effective.
The pace of the fight slowed down in the second half of the fight. Jimenez's punch output dropped considerably, allowing Peterson to dictate from the outside.
When he needed to, Peterson was able to get on the inside of Jimenez's guard, where he landed right hands to the head.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Peterson, 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92.
Peterson, from Washington, D.C., improves to 33-1, 21 KOs. Jimenez, from Santo
Domingo in the Dominican Republic, falls to 20-5, 13 KOs.
Junior welterweight Abel Ramos stopped Rodolfo Armenta in the third round of a scheduled four round bout. Ramos (9-0-1, 5 KOs) was the aggressor and landed at will as Armenta (12-13-1, 9 KOs) tried to counter. Ramos stunned Armenta in the third round and followed up as Armenta backed up against the ropes. Ramos did not land anything flush, but referee Pat Russell saw enough and stopped the bout at 2:37. Ramos fought to an eight round majority draw against Maurice Hooker on January 17th.
Welterweight Tevin Watts won a hard-fought four round unanimous decision over Vicente Guzman. Watts (2-0, 1 KO) landed the cleaner punches, but Guzman (0-4-1) was able to land occasional right hands. Watts almost dropped Guzman with a right hand near the end of the third round. Watts controlled the final round by keeping Guzman on the outside. All three judges scored the fight 40-36 in favor of Watts.
In the opening bout of the Goossen Tutor card, the four round bout between Manuel Romero (0-2-1) and Benito Salazar (0-1-1) ended in a technical draw in the second round due to a cut suffered by Salazar.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing