By Jake Donovan
Rising undefeated junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan is never one to bite his tongue when presented with the opportunity to take a shot at his divisional peers.
So it came as no surprise that the 2004 U.S. Olympian was quick to go on the record after reading Alfredo Angulo’s claim of being willing to fight anyone at any given time.
"I am not like Angulo; I will fight anybody," commented Martirosyan (28-0, 17KO), pointing out the contradiction in the Mexican’s claim to take on all comers. “I would have taken what they offered Angulo to fight (current World middleweight champion Sergio) Martinez.”
Angulo went on record with his thoughts once it became public knowledge that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is having second thoughts about traveling to the Philippines to train with Freddie Roach. Chavez Jr is being groomed for a December showdown with Miguel Cotto, even foregoing a September tune-up to go straight to what would easily rank as the biggest fight of his career.
However, those plans are now in jeopardy due to Chavez Jr not wanting to travel, since Roach needs to be in the Philippines to train his star student, Manny Pacquiao in preparation for his November 13 showdown with Antonio Margarito.
Angulo offered his services to step in and fight Cotto should Chavez Jr. back out, but Martirosyan obviously believes himself to be the more qualified opponent, even willing to fight Angulo if it leads to a shot against the Puerto Rican superstar.
In fact, Martirosyan has been anxious to get back into the ring with any top junior middleweight ever since making his HBO debut in June, taking a wide decision win over previously unbeaten Joe Greene.
There is no discrimination or cherry picking on his hit list. If you’re a top fighter with nothing on your schedule, be prepared to be called out.
"I want Angulo, Paul Williams, Martinez or Cotto,” Martirosyan states while preparing for his own next fight, which he hopes will take place either in November or December. “I want all the top guys.”
One name conspicuously missing from the list is unbeaten junior middleweight titlist Sergei Dzinziruk, who doesn’t seem to get called out by too many of the top fighters on this side of the world.
However, Martirosyan has his reasons for omitting the Ukrainian, and it has nothing to do with being a proven tough out through nearly four years as a major titlist.
"Dzinzurik won't fight me because I busted him up sparring at Wild Card,” Martirosyan claims. “Ask anyone who was there. That's why Dzinzurik won't fight me. That's why they stopped our sparring session short.”
Speaking of sparring, Martirosyan is getting ready for a trip that Chavez Jr is hesitant to make, as he is expected to depart for Manila sometime next week to help Pacquiao train for the taller Margarito.
Chavez Jr’s concern , in addition to the travel, was that training against a smaller, faster southpaw isn’t the best way to prepare for Cotto, a heavy-handed body-punching orthodox fighter. Martirosyan obviously isn’t anywhere nearly as troubled by it, as being a part of Pacquiao’s camp can only raise his profile, while awaiting his next in-ring opportunity.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com and an award-winning member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Contact Jake at [email protected] .