Vanes: I Think "Canelo" Will
Face Me Next
WBC silver junior middleweight title holder Vanes
Martirosyan was impressed with Saul Alvarez's dominating
performance over Ryan Rhodes on Saturday night. Alvarez
(37-0-1, 27 KOs) closed the show by stopping Rhodes in the
"Canelo looked great. He really put his punches together and
made Rhodes fight tentatively," Martirosyan said.
The Glendale, California, based Martirosyan (30-0-19KOs)
earned a title shot versus Alvarez when he knocked out Saul
Roman in seven rounds on June 4th at STAPLES Center in Los
Angeles. Martirosyan wants to face Alvarez on September 17th
for Mexican Independence Day weekend.
"I hear Canelo wants to fight in September. I say let's do
it. We can sell out STAPLES," he said. "He has his Mexican
fans and along with all my Armenian fans I also have many
Mexican fans. I would be honored to fight on that date."
Martirosyan's hometown of Glendale is close in proximity to
Staples Center and the 2004 US Olympian who holds wins over
Tim Bradley and Andre Berto in the amateurs knows a fight
with Alvarez would be huge in Southern California, "How
often do you get two undefeated fighters in the ring
together? My style and Canelo's style guarantees a great
fight for the fans. One thing I know is that it won't go the
Even though he holds the mandatory position to face Alvarez,
Martirosyan doesn't think he would have to force his
mandatory position to face the red headed Mexican fighter.
"I think Canelo will face me next. Why wouldn't he? He has
never ducked anyone. I'm sure he will do the honorable thing
and fight me next," Martirosyan stated confidently.