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Vanes Turns Down Final WBC Eliminator With Lara

By Rick Reeno

Eric Gomez, Vice President and matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions, informed BoxingScene.com that Vanes Martirosyan turned down a "very good offer" to face Erislandy Lara in a WBC final eliminator, with the winner falling in line to fight WBC champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (40-0-1, 29KOs).

Gomez reached out to Carl Morretti, VP for Top Rank, who advised him to cancel Friday's purse bid because Vanes was heading in another direction.

"This is the second time he turned down a final eliminator. The first time he turned down a fight with Alfredo Angulo because he didn't want to go to Mexico. I don't know what the reason is with Lara. We made a very good offer," Gomez told BoxingScene.com.

The WBC ordered Lara (16-1-1, 11KOs) vs. Vanes (32-0, 20KOs) after James Kirkland suffered a shoulder injury. Last year, Vanes defeated Saul Roman in a "semi-eliminator" and the victor was supposed to fight the winner of March's "other semi-eliminator" between Kirkland and Carlos Molina. Kirkland won the other half of the puzzle, but suffered a right shoulder injury during the contest and last month he underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair two tears in his shoulder.

Because Kirkland [ranked at 2] was unavailable, the WBC ordered Vanes [ranked at 1] to fight Lara [ranked at 3].

Vanes' decision is not surprised. A few weeks ago, Serge Martirosyan, the uncle and manager of Vanes, informed BoxingScene that his nephew was willing to fight Lara - but only if Canelo was contractually bound to fight the winner. There was very little chance of that happening. Canelo is already scheduled to headline his own pay-per-view on September 15th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with Kirkland being a strong possibility as the opponent.

"Vanes has been going through this with the WBC for two years now. He's been fighting eliminators, semi-eliminators and now they've come back with this Lara thing. Again, we'll fight all of the Laras in the world - if we get it in writing, a 100% guarantee, that the winner will get Canelo," Serge told BoxingScene a few weeks ago.

Vanes returns to action on June 16th, as part of the Julio Cesar Chavez-Andy Lee undercard at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Elotero on 05-10-2012

[QUOTE=jsfd26;12110219]Well, I really don't care about Vanes but [B]as long as they get Lara a name opponent in there to fight him for a title shot, wether it happens or not, I'll be happy.[/B] That's some more exposure he gets.…

Comment by Mars Volta on 05-10-2012

lol at people defending this coward......Kirkland, Molina, Lara are all fighting and they don't act like Divas

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 05-10-2012

[QUOTE=Elotero;12109816]Even worse than that. Vanes is feasting on low tier fighters waiting in line for a title shot with a GBP fighter, knowing full well that his promoter (Top Rank) and Canelo's Promoter (Golden Boy) wont even **** on the…

Comment by ghost deini on 05-10-2012

this guy is a ****ing insult to the sport how many fighters would kill for that opportunity and this guy is turning down fights left right and center and like you guys say he talks all that smack on twitter…

Comment by Elotero on 05-10-2012

[QUOTE=jsfd26;12109590]Or get out the game. He's fighting no one. Fighting straight up fkin bums in his prime.[/QUOTE] Even worse than that. Vanes is feasting on low tier fighters waiting in line for a title shot with a GBP fighter, knowing…

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