Martirosyan vs Andrade: Observations and highlightsWritten by Joseph Herron
Does Vanes Martirosyan have a chance to unseat middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5th?
Let's take a look back at Martirosyan's first loss - a split decision tilt to Demetrius Andrade (then 19-0).
After waiting over eight years for a major world title opportunity, Junior Middleweight contender and former 2004 Olympian Vanes Martirosyan (thn 33-0, 1) finally received the chance to compete for the coveted WBO 154 pound championship in Corpus Christi, Texas, on November 9th, 2013, against 2008 Olympic combatant Demetrius Andrade.
Despite flooring his opponent in the opening round of the highly anticipated bout, the Armenian born boxer/puncher uncharacteristically froze in the back half of the contest, allowing his tall, rangy opponent to take control of the twelve round fight.
The scores were 115-112 for Vanes, 114-113 for Andrade and 117-110 for Andrade.
“The Nightmare” reflected on what transpired that fateful evening in Texas.
“I froze…I really don’t know what happened that night,” admitted Vanes Martirosyan.
“I didn’t have Freddie throughout the entire training camp because he left for the Philippines to train Manny Pacquiao, and I did everything on my own. We had someone in the corner who Freddie had just hired and he didn’t know much.”
“The first round was beautiful, and after that, I really don’t know what happened. I wasn’t getting the right instruction in the corner to make adjustments throughout the fight, so I genuinely felt lost in there throughout the majority of the fight.”
“It was a nightmare. I didn’t have the proper training, I didn’t have the right cornerman during the fight, but I felt that I had to take that fight because I had been waiting such a long time for my title opportunity.”
After experiencing that devastating personal disappointment in November of 2013, Vanes felt the necessity to make major changes in order to move forward within the talented Junior Middleweight division.
“I changed my entire team after that,” states the Los Angeles based fighter. “I left my promoter Top Rank, and also left the Wildcard Gym and trainer Freddie Roach as well.”
After interviewing with several promotional groups, including Golden Boy Promotions, the perennial contender eventually signed with California based promoter Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions, and began training at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, California, with heralded boxing mentor Joe Goossen.
“I spoke to several different promoters before I finally made my decision to work with Dan Goossen."
"I spoke with Golden Boy Promotions, but ultimately decided on Goossen Tutor because I was tired of dealing with a promotional group that had a lot of politics attached to it. I have a lot of respect for Top Rank, but I wanted to work with someone who has a great relationship with everyone in the industry so it didn’t limit my options at 154 pounds.”
“I really like Dan’s energy and enthusiasm, and really like the plan he has for my career. But I especially appreciate the fact that he has a great working relationship with everyone in the industry.”
“I really wanted the rematch with Erislandy Lara, but was talked out of it by Top Rank because of the promotional conflict."
"Now that I’m with Dan Goossen, we can finally go after all of the best fighters in the division. I was tired of all of the politics between Golden Boy and Top Rank. Now I can focus on the things that a fighter should be focused on.”
With his promotional situation secured, it was time to find a trainer who could not only fine tune his craft, but add new wrinkles to his exceptional existing talents.
Enter veteran trainer Joe Goossen. The experienced boxing mentor has a long history of teaching new aspects of the fight game to veteran fighters who are seemingly set in their ways. The colorful LA based trainer has worked with Joel Casamayor, James Toney, Michael Nunn, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and the late Diego Corrales.
Despite being a proficient sniper and matador in the ring, the prolific counterpuncher has run into problems in the past when faced with opponents who have tactically forced Martirosyan to take the lead.
“We’re currently working on increasing my punch output and being more aggressive in the ring,” claimed the then 27 year old fighter.
It was no mystery that the Armenian born “Nightmare” was strategically targeting several renowned counterpunchers within the packed 154 pound weight class.