Super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan is aiming to build on his impressive win over Willie Nelson in October by ending the 25-fight undefeated run of fringe world title fighter Jermell Charlo this weekend.
Martirosyan has amassed 35 wins from 37 fights since entering the paid ranks in 2005, having suffered just a solitary loss to current WBO champion Demetrius Andrade in 2013. The 28 year-old could now be just one fight away from a second world title attempt and sees a knockout win over Charlo happening on his path to claiming a recognised belt.
“I think every fight right now at this point in my career and Jermell’s career should be considered a title fight,” said Vanes.
“I think it is an eliminator fight and I’m looking at this as a championship fight. Jermell is tougher than any of the champions, so to me, this is a championship fight, and that’s what we got ready for. And it should be an eliminator fight. I don’t know if it is or not, but that’s how we’re taking it as, and we’re taking this as a world title fight.
“This fight to me is big. When I lost to Andrade, I didn’t step into the ring 100 percent, and when I came home a loser, it’s a bad feeling. I can’t look at my wife, my kids. I feel like I let them down. So, right now, I’m just in that mode where I’d rather die than see that again.
“We’re 100 percent ready. I want to thank my trainers Roma, Coach D, my brother, my father. We’re ready to go. On Saturday I guarantee a victory by knockout. I promise that,” he added.
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Charlo v Martirosyan, alongside Jhonny Gonzalez v Gary Russell Jr, is live on Showtime in the US from 11pm and on BoxNation in the UK from 3am (times are with clocks going forward)