Martirosyan: I want Canelo assurance before Lara
Undefeated light-middleweight Vanes Martirosyan wants to put to bed the rumours that he recently turned down a WBC title eliminator against Erislandy Lara and has explained to WBN that he has even asked for the fight to take place.
There had been claims that a purse bid ordered by the WBC for today would not be attended by Top Rank officials as Martirosyan is not interested in the fight, although the Californian has now spoken to set the record straight.
“As I said before, I want the WBC to guarantee me a fight with Canelo, but they don’t want to promise that I get a 100 per cent shot,” Martirosyan told World Boxing News.
“They are saying that I fight Lara and Canelo can get another voluntary defence which should not happen.
“They are doing everything they can to have Canelo keep his belt so if the IBF, WBA, or WBO promise me that after Lara I’ll get a shot at the real title, then that’s what I will do because I would fight Lara if I got my wish.
“Golden Boy just wants to protect Canelo and they keep talking lies to the press. I didn’t turn the fight down. I asked for a 100 per cent promise and they said no. So I said no to them.
“Golden Boy keep lying saying that I ducked Lara even though they know I didn’t. They didn’t want to put me up against Canelo and promise me the shot so there full of shit,” he fumed.
“I will be champ one day so I’m happy that I am with the best promoters in Top Rank and my manager Serge.
“After I have become the champion, people will hear the real truth,” added Martirosyan.
Martirosyan, 26, is set to provide chief support to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s latest WBC title defence against Andy Lee on June 16 in El Paso, Texas and may have to look elsewhere if his wishes aren’t granted.
The ‘Nightmare’ is currently unbeaten in his 32 professional contests to date and sits at the number one position in the WBC rankings. The WBC may now move to offer James Kirkland the opportunity following his victory over Carlos Molina and Martirosyan will likely have to switch his attention to another of the major world titles.