Vanes Martirosyan (35-1 21 KO’s) will take on Jermell Charlo (25-0 11 KO’s) in a 10 rd. Super-Welterweight fight on the undercard of the Gonzalez vs. Russell Jr. main event on Showtime Saturday. Martirosyan will be looking to capitalize on some momentum he gained in two straight victories after his only career loss to Demetrius Andrade. Charlo will be looking to take down another tough opponent and add to his undefeated record.
When speaking to the media about his upcoming bout Vanes sounded confident that he’d be able to be victorious over Charlo, expressing the popular opinion that he will provide a bigger challenge to the undefeated twin than any of his previous opponents.
”Jermell [Charlo] is a good boxer, but he’s a basic boxer. He’s done well with guys that he’s supposed to look good against. There are some guys that he should’ve knocked out that he didn’t. If he hits me I will hit him right back and we’ll see how he handles that.”
It’s true that the former Olympian Martirosyan has been in with and beaten, better competition than Jermell has faced at this stage of his career. However, Vanes is also coming into this fight on the heels of ditching trainer Joe Goosen, a decision that was made without much explanation coming from either side. The inconsistency in leadership in Martirosyan’s corner could prove to be a hindrance to his chances Saturday. His execution of new trainer Dean Campos’ gameplan and chemistry with the new corner man will be a major storyline of the fight.
“If I stick to my game plan and everything goes as planned, I will say that it will be an easy fight. We have a B and a C plan if the fight doesn’t go exactly as planned,” said Martirosyan about he and trainer Campos’ plan for Charlo. Both fighters are looking to take the next step into possibly a championship fight with a win on the 28th. Unlike Charlo, Martirosyan already has a loss on his record and knows that a win is paramount to taking his career to the next level.
“All I can do is prepare and go out there and win the fight. After I lost my fight to Demetrius Andrade, I felt like a loser. I can’t lose this fight, I’d rather die than go out there and lose again.” His statements make it clear he is aware of what’s on the line, and Martirosyan has the chance to validate himself on Saturday.