Vanes Martirosyan was ready to head to Texas looking for a fight.
Now the fight will come to him.
In a development first publicized on his Twitter feed on Thursday, Martirosyan’s upcoming 10-round fight against Ryan Davis (24-9-3, nine knockouts) will no longer be held June 16 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso as originally planned.
Instead, Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs) will fight on July 7 mere miles from his hometown and current residence of Glendale at the Home Depot Center in Carson on the HBO “Boxing After Dark” undercard of the super bantamweight title unification bout between Nonito Donaire and Jeffrey Mathebula.
Martirosyan’s uncle and manager Serge Martirosyan confirmed the switch on Thursday.
“I talked to Top Rank [Thursday] to make sure it was official,” Serge Martirosyan said. “Hopefully we will get a good crowd. [Vanes] is glad it’s in L.A. It’s in his hometown.”
Martirosyan last fought in California on June 4, 2011 when he defeated Saul Roman at Staples Center in Los Angeles in a World Boxing Council light middleweight title semifinal eliminator. His last two fights have been in Thackerville, Okla. and most recently San Antonio, where he defeated Troy Lowry via third-round technical knockout on Feb. 4, and the unbeaten light middleweight said he is excited to have another fight closer to home.
“It will be good to come back home and give my fans thanks for their support,” said Vanes Martirosyan, who is training for the fight with Freddie Roach. “It’s better than going to Texas.
“I probably won’t even stay at the hotel. I will stay home and it’s always good to be home.”
Martirosyan, who recently became a father, said being home with his wife and son will allow him to be more focused than when he takes to the road.
“I miss them a lot,” Martirosyan said, “but now that I’m home I get to see them and it’s nice.”