- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan has been added to the undercard of the Bermane Stiverne-Chris Arreola rematch for a vacant heavyweight world title on May 10 at the Galen Center on the USC campus in Los Angeles, promoter Dan Goossen announced on Monday.
Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 KOs), 27, of Glendale, Calif., will face an opponent to be determined in an eight-round bout, his second since signing with Goossen. In his first appearance, he won a unanimous 10-round decision against Mario Lozano on March 21. That fight was Martirosyan’s first since losing a split decision to Demetrius Andrade for a vacant world title in November.
"Vanes made it very clear upon signing he wanted to stay busy and grow his fan base here in California. The added benefit is his desire to work in the gym under his new trainer, Joe Goossen,” said Goossen, Joe’s brother. “The combination of learning new things with Joe, and staying busy, will allow Vanes to better utilize improved skills in real action.”
The Stiverne-Arreola main event headlines the ESPN telecast. There will be a televised undercard, but Martirosyan’s match is not scheduled to be part of the broadcast.
"My last fight was the first time I felt like a pro," Martirosyan said. "It's amazing even to me. I said being with Joe for only three weeks, he had me understanding the need to work harder and developing some of my other offensive weapons."
Said Joe Goossen, "It's important now, at only 27 years of age, that we prepare Vanes to the fullest of his potential and not allow another opportunity for the world championship to fall through his grip. Activity in the gym and the ring can only help us."