back on the right path
As he predicted, Vanes Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21KO) reigned victorious against opponent Mario Alberto Lozano, (28-5-22KO) on Friday night, March 21, 2014 at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California in his first fight since his disappointing performance and World Title loss to Demetrius Andrade on November 9, 2013.
Citing a mismatch with his promoter and his coaching team with regard to the Andrade loss, it would appear that Martirosyan is back in the saddle after clearing the deck and signing with new promoter Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions and separating from trainer Freddie Roach, Ernie Zavala and the Wild Card Gym.
There were still a few hiccups on the way to Martirosyan versus Lozano. Originally Martirosyan was slated to battle Luciano Leonel Cuello. In addition, Martirosyan initially enlisted Hall of Fame Trainer Jesse Reid to replace Freddie Roach and Ernie Zavala upon signing with Goossen Tutor. However, at the end of the day A-list trainer Joe Goossen was the man with the plan as Martirosyan’s head trainer and on fight night Mario Alberto Lozano was the opponent across the ring that was successfully vanquished.
While Martirosyan seemed set on taking Lozano out early, scoring a substantial knockdown in round 2, Lozano simply wasn’t prepared to go into that dark night at Martirosyan’s bidding. With regard to what kept Lozano from going to sleep, Martirosyan says that Lozano exhibited a true fighting spirit and a spectacularly hard head.
Martirosyan: "I was trying to push the action. I wanted to make it more exciting for the fans. I wanted to throw more punches and I kind of let him off the hook a little bit. But he was a tough guy. He took really good punches. I hurt my hands a little bit. But he was a tough guy and I actually got his number. I’m going to use him in my camps for my next fight, so he was a nice kid."
At the end of the night, according to the blueprint that Martirosyan and trainer Joe Goossen had decided upon as their game plan, it was unleashing a focused assault on the body with special use of the left hook to the body that proved to be the arsenal that really depleted Lozano in the worst way as a method of attack and mayhem:
Martirosyan: "We worked on the body a lot. Mexican fighters are tough fighters. They come to fight every time so it was hard to get him out there. He was a warrior. We were trying to go to the body – he (Goossen) told me to work the body. I never really worked the body so it was something new to me. It’s crazy after 35 fights the body shot is something new to me. We’re working on it and it’ll be better next fight and I think I’m more effective on the body than when I’m not throwing it so it will be good. There are a lot of things that we’re working on. It’s all a learning process. I feel like I’m 1 and 0 tonight as a pro."
Indeed, Martirosyan does seem rejuvenated. It follows that his final assessment of his camp is one of glowing reviews:
Martirosyan: "We had three weeks of hard training. It was good. We felt good. I went a good ten weeks with Joe. We looked spectacular. Tonight we just went out to put a statement. We went out there, tried some new things. I’m happy it went ten rounds. I got some rounds in. You know I’m back. I feel really good."
With Martirosyan’s father serving as an additional strength and conditioning coach outside of the gym and his younger brother Vache Martirosyan fighting on the same card versus Gustavo Lopez to a successful win by a third round KO in a contest scheduled for four rounds, it was all in the family in the best way at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa on Friday night:
Martirosyan: "My brother looked very good today. He’s going to be a champion and he looked very good today. Good job for Vache. I’m very proud of him. He did really nice today. He’s trying to kill everybody with one punch and he needs to calm down – a little bit calm down. But he got there."