Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan will face Willie Nelson on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, in a junior middleweight boxing match. The 10-round boxing match (154 lbs. limit) will be part of a quadruple-header televised on Showtime.
Martirosyan, born in Abovyan, Armenia and currently residing in Glendale, CA, comes into the fight ranked the #6 junior middleweight contender by Ring Magazine with a record of 34 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw, and 21 knockouts. His opponent, Willie Nelson of Cleveland, Ohio, is ranked the #7 contender by Ring Magazine with a record of 23 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw, and 13 knockouts. Martirosyan, a former welterweight member of the United States Olympic Boxing team, participated in the Summer Olympics in Greece in 2004.
Martirosyan is especially eager to fight in front of the Armenian communities of New England and of the greater tri-state area. Martirosyan stated, “It’s always inspiring to see the Armenian flag waving and my fellow compatriots in the crowd cheering when I fight. I’ve heard about the Armenians of Watertown, Providence, Worcester and New Britain and their love of sports. I’m hoping the Armenian community is there to support me at Foxwoods on October 4. I’ve trained extremely hard for this fight.”