Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs. Vanes Martirosyan? Boxing Promoter Bob Arum speaks...
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (March 21, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
With Martin Murray having visa issues (stemming from past legal issues) preventing him from facing WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 16th at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, the hunt is on for a new opponent. The name I'm hearing most is Vanes Martirosyan.
“Well, he's a logical, possible opponent,” said Bob Arum on Tuesday afternoon from his offices in Las Vegas. Martirosyan is promoted by Top Rank (which is always helpful, of course) and he said on his Twitter feed that he is ready, willing and able to accept this assignment. Of course, he's made a lot of promises on Twitter that have not been kept, in terms of fighting (most notably a bout against Alfredo Angulo last November). But you would have to think there is almost a sense of desperation here, given that his career seems to have stalled since beating Joe Greene on HBO back in June of 2010.

He may have no other choice but to take this opportunity.
And yes, both have trained before in the past at the Wild Card Boxing Club and worked under Freddie Roach. But the reality is that Martirosyan rarely goes to the Wild Card anymore (I saw him for the first time there in months, last week) and Roach hasn't really trained him on a day-to-day basis in a long while.
Besides if Simon Brown and Maurice Blocker (who truly were close friends, not just two guys who happened to work at the same gym) can get it on, I don't see this being a hindrance to this fight. I actually think it provides a decent storyline, given they've had some heated sparring sessions (where Martirosyan has seemingly gotten the better of Chavez).

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