Quotes From Jhonny G, Vanes Ahead of Sho Show

 

Jhonny-GonzalezWORLD CHAMPION JHONNY GONZALEZ & WORLD RANKED CONTENDER VANES MARTIROSYAN ARE POISED TO MAKE THEIR MARKS IN A BIG WAY ON SATURDAY, MARCH 28 AT THE PALMS CASINO RESORT LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES

MAIN EVENT SPORTS CLUB, GLENDALE, CALIF.

“Once he feels my power in the ring, he’s not going to be able to think in there.” – Jhonny Gonzalez

“I feel like this fight is more of a test for him [Charlo], and I have to make sure he fails the test.” – Vanes Martirosyan

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GLENDALE, Calif.(March 28, 2015) – Current world champion Jhonny Gonzalez and once-beaten world ranked welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan participated in a media workout on Monday at the Main Event Sports Club in Glendale, Calif., six days prior to their respective upcoming fights on Saturday, March 28, at the The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

In the 12-round main event on the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader, the hard-hitting, current WBC Featherweight World Champion Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs), of Mexico City, will defend his 126-pound title against talented once-beaten former world title challenger Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md.

In the 10-round co-feature, battle-tested, world-ranked contender Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., will take on undefeated rising star Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (25-0, 11 KOs), of Houston, in an important super welterweight showdown.

Here’s what the boxers as well as trainers, Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain (Gonzalez) and Dean Campos (Martirosyan), had to say Monday at the Los Angeles-area gym:

JHONNY GONZALEZ, WBC Featherweight World Champion

“First off, I would like to apologize for not participating in the media conference call that took place this morning. I have never missed a conference call before, and I take full responsibility for missing the call. I know how important these calls are and I promise that I will not miss another one.

“I have been very focused for the past three months during my training camp. I have been training in the high altitude in Toluca, Mexico.

“I have had two title defenses since beating Abner Mares and I am excited and ready for my fight on Saturday.

“Ever since beating Mares, I feel like I am finally getting the respect and support from the fans and media that I deserve. I get recognized all of the time now. The recognition motivates me to work harder than ever before and not let my fans down.

“I feel like I am in my boxing prime. There is still so much to prove and show to the world that I am still at the top of my game and capable of fighting with the best.

“In my fight on Saturday I am going to bring the same energy and intensity that I brought in my fight against Mares.

“I know that Gary Russell Jr. has fast and powerful hands. He is a quick and strong southpaw. I know he’s an excellent boxer.

“I am going to attack him with my power and speed. Once he feels my power in the ring, he’s not going to be able to think in there. He’s going to run, but if he decides to brawl with us, then we will have something for him.

“At this point in my career, he [Russell] is the fastest opponent I have ever faced. He has very fast hands and puts together good combinations.

“To prepare for Russell, I am constantly keeping my hands up at all times during my training. I am training that if he throws punches at me, I know how to immediately react and throw shots back at him.

“A lot of people are doubting me going into this fight because of the speed of Russell. It’s a great challenge for me and I can’t wait to get in the ring.

“I am absolutely looking for the knockout and I believe I will get it. I don’t expect this fight to go the distance. I am going to pressure him from the opening bell, my conditioning and confidence is at an all-time high. I am very anxious for this title fight, I want to fight right now.”

VANES-MARTIROSYAN

VANES MARTIROSYAN, World-Ranked Contender

“I am in great shape, training camp has gone great. I am just as excited for this fight as I was when I fought for the U.S. team in the Olympics.

“I feel like this fight is more of a test for him [Charlo], and I have to make sure he fails the test.

“I used to work with Ronnie Shields [Charlo’s Trainer] for about three years. I am pretty sure they have a game plan for me, but I am a totally different Vanes than the one who used to train with Shields. I hope they are getting prepared for that Vanes because I have changed a lot since then.

“Jermell [Charlo] is a good boxer, but he’s a basic boxer. He’s done well with guys that he’s supposed to look good against. There are some guys that he should’ve knocked out that he didn’t. If he hits me I will hit him right back and we’ll see how he handles that.

“If I stick to my game plan and everything goes as planned, I will say that it will be an easy fight. We have a B and a C plan if the fight doesn’t go exactly as planned.

“All I can do is prepare and go out there and win the fight. After I lost my fight to Demetrius Andrade I felt like a loser. I can’t lose this fight, I’d rather die than go out there and lose again.”

IGNACIO “NACHO” BERISTAIN, Gonzalez’ Trainer

“Gary Russell’s speed and quickness could be a factor for us in this fight. We must find a way to eliminate it.

“We need to find a solution to his quickness and do everything we can to win. We feel like we’ve prepared enough and are in a great position to come out on top.

“Russell has fast hands and he recovers quickly. He has had knockouts at different weight levels. But we’re working really hard, and on Saturday you guys are going to see a different Jhonny Gonzalez.

“Jhonny Gonzalez is a very strong fighter. I think the strength and power of his punch beats Russell's. I think that will be one of the keys– Jhonny Gonzalez knows how to punch, hard.

“I don’t just believe in Jhonny because he’s my fighter, but because he’s fought and trained immensely hard — he knows what he wants.”

DEAN CAMPOS, Martirosyan’s Trainer

“Vanes is such a quick learner. He is able to pick up everything that I am trying to teach him to accomplish everything that we want to do to win this fight.

“We must exploit Charlo’s weaknesses. Charlo is a good fighter, but everyone has weaknesses. My job is to prepare him as best as I can so that he can get in the ring with the best opportunity to win this fight.

“I want to supply him with ideas to unlock that final last edge to come out on top. If he is able to do some of the things that we go over in camp, then he will be in a good position for a victory come Saturday.”

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-stormcentre :

I was wondering if Vanes Martirosyan's bout with Charlo was going to get any attention, or if it had been swamped by MayPac and Canelo/Kirkwood hysteria. I like Martirosyan (boxing's hard luck top contender), but am not sure about some of the things he's said here. All things being equal - which they're not always - he should be able to beat Charlo (where are is quotes?). But Martirosyan has changed his corner a few times now and his current trainer sounds like he trying to justify his position; which I suppose isn't necessarily a bad thing either. Charlo is a pretty smooth (not quite slick) operator that's looking to move up. If Martirosyan can not dispose of him in this fight he (Martirosyan) will very likely become a (very competent) gate keeper in this division; which would be sad given the guy's background and potential as an amateur. Gonzales V Russell should be interesting too. Haven't seen enough of Gonzales recently to know where he is enough to predict anything, but (as Nacho says) he won't be matching Russell's speed, so they need a good plan. Beristain is, to me, like the Latino answer to Britian's Brendan Ingle. Both exception trainers and strategicians.


-stormcentre :

I was wondering if Vanes Martirosyan's bout with Charlo was going to get any attention, or if it had been swamped by MayPac and Canelo/Kirkwood hysteria. I like Martirosyan (boxing's hard luck top contender), but am not sure about some of the things he's said here. All things being equal - which they're not always - he should be able to beat Charlo (where are is quotes?). But Martirosyan has changed his corner a few times now and his current trainer sounds like he trying to justify his position; which I suppose isn't necessarily a bad thing either. Charlo is a pretty smooth (not quite slick) operator that's looking to move up. If Martirosyan can not dispose of him in this fight he (Martirosyan) will very likely become a (very competent) gate keeper in this division; which would be sad given the guy's background and potential as an amateur. Gonzales V Russell should be interesting too. Haven't seen enough of Gonzales recently to know where he is enough to predict anything, but (as Nacho says) he won't be matching Russell's speed, so they need a good plan. Beristain is, to me, like the Latino answer to Britian's Brendan Ingle. Both exceptional trainers and strategicians.


-brownsugar :

Charlo has significantly better fundamental boxing skills than VM. He's relaxed and can fight moving forward, backward, in the pocket, or on the attack. Expect a sweet exhibition by Charlo which will culminate in a solid points unanimous win. Can Russell box smoothly against a killer puncher like Gonzales....don't know cause the only name on his record is V.Lomo. I'm still learning about Russell. This is potentially a very dangerous fight.... I'll be taking notes.


-stormcentre :

Yeh, I haven't had the chance to see a lot of standout performances from VM as a pro; but some of that is down to me taking the time out to look. What I mean with my above post, is (for his experience and how long he's been in the game) VM "should" be able to get past Charlo (but whether he will or not; I don't know). VM has had a few close fights where if he would have won, things may have been really different; Lara. Russell and Gonzales is a tricky (and dangerous) one; agreed.


-oubobcat :

I was wondering if Vanes Martirosyan's bout with Charlo was going to get any attention, or if it had been swamped by MayPac and Canelo/Kirkwood hysteria. I like Martirosyan (boxing's hard luck top contender), but am not sure about some of the things he's said here. All things being equal - which they're not always - he should be able to beat Charlo (where are is quotes?). But Martirosyan has changed his corner a few times now and his current trainer sounds like he trying to justify his position; which I suppose isn't necessarily a bad thing either. Charlo is a pretty smooth (not quite slick) operator that's looking to move up. If Martirosyan can not dispose of him in this fight he (Martirosyan) will very likely become a (very competent) gate keeper in this division; which would be sad given the guy's background and potential as an amateur. Gonzales V Russell should be interesting too. Haven't seen enough of Gonzales recently to know where he is enough to predict anything, but (as Nacho says) he won't be matching Russell's speed, so they need a good plan. Beristain is, to me, like the Latino answer to Britian's Brendan Ingle. Both exceptional trainers and strategicians.
These are two very interesting fights that are flying under the radar big time. When I saw Charlo-Maritosyan made, my instant reaction was that this was a good step up for Charlo and a fight he should handle. But when I thought about it more, I give Vanes a very good chance. Look at his career and who he has fought. The Lara fight was a clunker but he made things very tough on Lara coming away with a draw in a fight that going in a lot of people thought Lara would dominate. Vanes then lost a tough split decision to another slick southpaw in Andrade in a fight that was very close and that he had Andrade down. And then Vanes beat Willie Nelson in a good slugfest (a fight that often does not get discussed but was very very good) against another guy who on paper was a tough stylistic matchup for him. Vanes does not do anything that stand out but is a solid overall fighter who tends to give tough close fights to whoever he steps in the ring with. I expect the same on Saturday against Charlo. As for Gonzalez-Russell, this is a tough fight to call. The talent, speed and overall skill are all on Russell's side and by a landslide. But remember about four years ago Golden Boy tried to put this fight together for Russell and Russell's people declined. There was concern then about Gonalez and that concern is still relevant today. Gonzalez can punch and it only takes one shot from him. He also knows how to get in range to land his shots. Russell may have success but does not have the power in my opinion to deter Gonzalez from pressing forward constantly. Its that pressure and power shots of Gonzalez that could be a difference. To me, this is more of a pick em fight than anything. Cna Russell's speed and skill overcome Gonzalez's pressure and power? Tough fight to call...


-stormcentre :

These are two very interesting fights that are flying under the radar big time. When I saw Charlo-Maritosyan made, my instant reaction was that this was a good step up for Charlo and a fight he should handle. But when I thought about it more, I give Vanes a very good chance. Look at his career and who he has fought. The Lara fight was a clunker but he made things very tough on Lara coming away with a draw in a fight that going in a lot of people thought Lara would dominate. Vanes then lost a tough split decision to another slick southpaw in Andrade in a fight that was very close and that he had Andrade down. And then Vanes beat Willie Nelson in a good slugfest (a fight that often does not get discussed but was very very good) against another guy who on paper was a tough stylistic matchup for him. Vanes does not do anything that stand out but is a solid overall fighter who tends to give tough close fights to whoever he steps in the ring with. I expect the same on Saturday against Charlo. As for Gonzalez-Russell, this is a tough fight to call. The talent, speed and overall skill are all on Russell's side and by a landslide. But remember about four years ago Golden Boy tried to put this fight together for Russell and Russell's people declined. There was concern then about Gonalez and that concern is still relevant today. Gonzalez can punch and it only takes one shot from him. He also knows how to get in range to land his shots. Russell may have success but does not have the power in my opinion to deter Gonzalez from pressing forward constantly. Its that pressure and power shots of Gonzalez that could be a difference. To me, this is more of a pick em fight than anything. Cna Russell's speed and skill overcome Gonzalez's pressure and power? Tough fight to call...
Good post. Echoed a lot of what I thought too. Maritosyan has had some tough match-ups over the last few years. I thought he did well against Lara and Andrade; even though he lost - but that was 2 lefties in a row, and after Maritosyan had not really been active and/or happy in camp. And both opponents (Lara and Andrade) were and are no slouches either. So, given all this you would think that Maritosyan "should" be able to handle Charlo. But, then, once again, Maritosyan has changed gyms/trainers, and as a result of that his management as a fighter has not received any carriage and/or continuity. So, my concern is that the combination of Maritosyan; a) Feeling uncomfortable in the last few spots he has called his training home. b) Not as respected as he feels he deserves. c) The victim of close decisions in fights that other fighter's managers would probably have rejected, or bettered. d) To Lara and Andrade. e) Lara being in the same gym as Charlo. f) Charlo - as Brown Sugar says - being a fairly smooth operator (which I agree with). g) Being with yet another new trainer whilst he faces a fighter from a gym who is directed by Maritosyan's previous trainer. May end up being too much for Maritosyan - even if he is top form. I don't really know. I really feel for Maritosyan. As the guy has been a champion and/or just under that level for a long time now, and he was a very good amateur (fought and beat some of the top guys out there today); but he went stale and felt unloved at the WildCard gym (whether he was right or not it probably doesn't matter, as that was the result) and consequently his career trajectory probably didn't trace out the arc pitched at the highest point it may have otherwise been. Lesser fighters have gone furtherer quicker. Maritosyan should and can win. But Charlo is a difficult guy to come up against, particularly given all the above points/baggage Maritosyan has experienced and is probably carrying. Whenever a fighter says they're a different fighter, after a series of changes and negatives; I pause for thought. I think Russell is in a spot of trouble if he can't get Gonzales' respect by hitting him in the face hard and often. And given Gary doesn't seem to hit that hard (being really critical here) it could be a long night for the Russell clan. As Nacho will not have indoctrinated, prepared and instructed Gonzales to stray too far away from a game-plan that is underpinned by Latino pressure and serious head/body shots. The plan will be to test gary's chin, lungs, stamina, and heart, and bring the same (if not more) pressure than Loma; but Mexican style. Still, it's a good fight, as many guys with Gary's speed and athletic advantages (and liabilities) have overcome hard-core challenges like this; Whitakker and Judah. At least we can't accuse Russell of taking easy fights anymore. I wouldn't mind seeing Russell V Gamboa.


-brownsugar :

Russell is by far the better boxer....but his chin will not withstand a solid shot... I agree..... Vanes is tough ....but also limited. Lara clammed up against him and went into ultra safe mode, ....he deserved to be robbed for non-fighting... But I thought Andradae beat him by a wide margin dispite the scores. ...and the flash knockdown. It surely wont be "that" easy. And I'm sure neither guy is getting paid what these fights are worth. A very good card.


-stormcentre :

Man, I hope Maritosyan can (for himself and all those years boxing and training to be a professional fighter at the championship level) do something with this fight. Cause if he don't, there won't be many more big opportunities for him, as most significant promoters will see him as a gatekeeper or tough opponent. Agree GR is a much better tactician and technician than Gonzales, but - as you say - that chin (which is going to get checked at some point; unless Gary goes out there with the intention to blitz and does just that) could just start to emulated a cheap cash register at one of those $2 Chinatown shops. "Cha-Ching in Chinatown". :)


-stormcentre :

Man, I hope Maritosyan can (for himself and all those years boxing and training to be a professional fighter at the championship level) do something with this fight. Cause if he don't, there won't be many more big opportunities for him, as most significant promoters will see him as a gatekeeper or tough opponent. Agree GR is a much better tactician and technician than Gonzales, but - as you say - that chin (which is going to get checked at some point; unless Gary goes out there with the intention to blitz and does just that) could just start to emulate a cheap cash register at one of those $2 Chinatown shops. "Cha-Ching in Chinatown". :)