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Vanes Offers To Replace Andre Berto, Meet Ortiz at 147

By Phil D. Jay

31-0 light-middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan has thrown his hat into the ring to replace the injured Andre Berto on February 11th after the former WBC welterweight champion was forced to withdraw from his rematch with Victor Ortiz with an injured bicep.

The current WBC silver champion at 154lbs, Martirosyan, 25, is ticking over with a contest against veteran Troy Lowry on February 4th in San Antonio, Texas as he awaits a shot at Saul Alvarez - but has been vocal in his desire to oppose Ortiz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas a week later instead.

“I would step in right now if they asked me for Berto in a heartbeat,” stated Martirosyan.

 “Victor knows what happens when I hit him and I'll even go down to 147.”

Ortiz, also 25, has now been left in limbo with just eleven days to go until he was due to rematch Berto live on Showtime and has already reiterated his desire to find a replacement for the bout, which looks increasingly like it could now be scrapped altogether.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MJ223 on 02-01-2012

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;11730106][B]Does anyone know if this fight card is being totally scrapped? [/B]I haven't seen any news on the front page here regarding so...[/QUOTE] According to this press release yeah its scrapped.....[URL="http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content11652.html"]http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content11652.html[/URL]

Comment by MJ223 on 02-01-2012

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Comment by the_ilest on 02-01-2012

do it hell yeah. thats a really good fight. imo

Comment by P4P-Prince on 02-01-2012

This dude is such a P.C. warrior. So dissapointing he's just a paycheck fighter now, fighting a guy who is twice his age. Troy freakin Lowry. He should be embarassed. He keeps talking about how he beat this person and…

Comment by EdWins on 02-01-2012

i don't like ortiz but I'd be willing to bet that he destroys Vanes easy.

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