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Vanes Martirosyan calls out Haymon

Photo by: Naoki Fukuda
Fighters Network

Vanes Martirosyan likely won’t be thanking Al Haymon anytime soon.

A fighter has finally called out the powerful advisor, Al Haymon in the public space but it remains to be seen the impact it will have since Martirosyan isn’t one of Haymon’s marquee clients and has a history of grumbling about his promoters. Still, Martirosyan’s comments were noteworthy because it’s basically sacrilegious among fighters to utter a bad word about a man who manages 100s of boxers.

Martirosyan, who hasn’t fought since May when he dropped a unanimous decision to Erislandy Lara for a 154-pound title, blasted Haymon and his promoter, Tom Brown in a series of tweets on Monday, claiming they’re “holding me back!”

“I want all my Boxing Fans to know that I’m not happy With my Manager Al Haymon and My Promoter Tom Brown,” Martirosyan wrote on his Twitter account. “They are holding me back! I have too much respect for this bull-. They don’t wanna answer my Calls But they Answer my Tweets! IMO. Champs Keep Cherry Picking Around each other! #FreeVanes”.

Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 knockouts) couldn’t be reached for comment. Brown declined to discuss the tweets when reached on his cell phone, and Tim Smith, a spokesman for Haymon and the PBC, also chose not to discuss Martirosyan, who has gotten more opportunities than most in recent years.

A 2004 U.S. Olympian, Martirosyan signed with Top Rank out of the amateurs, re-signing with the Las-Vegas-based company in 2010. He was released after he dropped a split decision to Demetrius Andrade in November of 2013 for a vacant WBO title. He then signed with Haymon and the late Dan Goossen in 2014. (Tom Brown was Goossen’s brother-in-law and his former matchmaker.) Like a number of Haymon fighters, Martirosyan hasn’t been active in 2016, fighting just once. But the 30-year-old has gotten his share of big fights under Haymon and Brown, coming up short in two title attempts.

Martirosyan, who is a skilled technician, booked a rematch with WBA junior middleweight titleholder Lara on May 21 in a second fight few wanted to see and dropped a unanimous decision after a technical draw with Lara in 2012. He did win a majority decision against Ishe Smith in a 2015 card headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s final bout against Andre Berto. In March of that year, he also got an opportunity against Jermall Charlo and dropped a unanimous decision. In October of 2014, he won a unanimous decision against Willie Nelson. But he is just 3-3 in his last six fights and possesses a style that is more strategic than action-packed. Beyond that, Martirosyan has a reputation as a fighter who often vents and complains when things don’t go his way, according to multiple sources, who did vouch for his talent, saying he is highly skilled.


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