Not long into the aftermath of his one-sided decision victory over Mario Alberto Lozano on March 21, Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan is already poised to return to the boxing ring.
On Monday, it was announced by Goossen Tutor Promotions that Glendale's Martirosyan will return to action on May 10 at USC's Galen Center to face a to-be-announced opponent.
The May 10 bout will be the second for Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 knockouts) under the banner of promoter Dan Goossen and under the guise of trainer Joe Goossen.
“My last fight was the first time I felt like a pro,” stated Martirosyan in a press release. “It's amazing even to me. I said being with Joe for only three weeks, he had me understanding the need to work harder and developing some of my other offensive weapons.”
A former United States Olympian and world title challenger, Martirosyan's quest to get back into the light middleweight title picture looks to be on an accelerated track.
“Vanes made it very clear upon signing he wanted to stay busy and grow his fan base here in California; the added benefit is his desire to work in the gym under his new trainer, Joe Goossen,” stated Dan Goossen. “The combination of learning new things with Joe and staying busy will allow Vanes to better utilize improved skills in real action.
“Couple that with his immense fan support in Southern California, particularly in the Armenian community, it can only enhance Vanes' popularity toward his world championship march.
“It's important now, at only 27 years of age, that we prepare Vanes to the fullest of his potential and not allow another opportunity for the world championship to fall through his grip. Activity in the gym and the ring can only help us.”
Martirosyan's bout is scheduled to be an eight-round contest on the untelevised undercard. The main card will be headlined by heavyweights Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola.
Martirosyan won every round in a dominant unanimous decision over Lozano on March 21. It was his first bout following his first career loss in a split decision to Demetrius Andrade in November for the World Boxing Organization title. The sparse time of less than two months between fights will be the fastest turnaround for Martirosyan since a 28-day span between bouts in December of 2009 and January of 2010.