Vanes: Mexicans are Warriors, But Canelo is Protected!

By Ryan Burton

Junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (32-0) is days away from his HBO televised WBC eliminator fight against Erislandy Lara. The winner will become the mandatory challenger to the champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

In a recent video interview on BoxingScene, WBC president Jose Suliaman said that Alvarez would have to face the Martirosyan-Lara winner in early 2013. The WBC recently modified its stance and said that Canelo will be granted an optional defense before facing his mandatory.

Martirosyan appeared on this week's edition of Boxingscene's official audio show, The Boxing Lab and said that anything the WBC says doesn't surprise him and that he is concentrating on Lara. 

"I don't know if I will get him (Alvarez) after this fight but I am just concentrating on this fight. I am just worrying about Lara's ribs and his chin," Martirosyan told The Boxing Lab.  

The 2004 US Olympian bashed Lara in the past but admits that he is a good fighter and that a win over the Cuban will prepare him for any of the other top junior middleweight fighters.

"I think me and Lara are the best young guys in the division. After this fight I think I am ready for anyone.  Nobody really wanted to fight us and after this I think the sky is the limit," Martirosyan opined.

The Armenian fighter also gave his opinion on Alvarez and was critical of the Mexican's recent run of opponents. Martirosyan has a lot of respect for Mexican fighters but doesn't feel that Alvarez lives up to the "Warrior" label that has been applied to many Mexican fighters.  

"To be honest I don't think he's a real Mexican fighter. Mexicans are warriors and he's protected. Everyone sees that.  He doesn't fight the top guys and fights guys from lower weight classes. I have a lot of respect for Mexican fighters but Canelo doesn't fight any of the top guys," stated Martirosyan.

You can listen to the interview in its entirety by clicking here:

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bierstadt on 11-09-2012

[QUOTE=jsfd26;12677921]Sooo this whole time he was pretty much quiet but 2 days out he starts talking smack... And about Canelo. He's getting nervous and he's gonna get his ass handed to him.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=mathed;12680188]The guy is worried about his next fight…

Comment by BoxingGenius27 on 11-09-2012

I would be surprised if Vanes wins this fight even though I'm not completely sold on Lara. I think Lara is one of the best in the division, but it's to much ironing out that still needs to be done…

Comment by mathed on 11-09-2012

The guy is worried about his next fight talking about a "protected" boxer that would stomp a mud hole in his face. He should be worried about Lara instead he is running his mouth again even though yesterday he said…

Comment by nycsmooth on 11-09-2012

Alvarez IS the most protected boxer of MX descent, how embarrassing for him and I pick Lara this weekend he will not box Alvarez...GBP/WBC will find a way out 4 him...

Comment by DAN916 on 11-09-2012

[QUOTE=Boxing Bob;12678664]Absolutely right! But Oscar and GBP have no faith in Canelo. If they did he would have fought at least one credible contender by now. Canelo looks decent but GBP isn't going to match him tough unless it's for…

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