August 23, 2012 By admin
This fight has been in the works now for a while but Erislandy Lara has finally signed the contract which binds him to fight HyeFighter Vanes Martirosyan, according to Rick Schaeffer of Golden Boy Productions. The bout will go down on November 10 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be part of Manny Pacquiao’s HBO PayPerView undercard.
The WBC ordered that this fight take place as a final eliminator months ago but what seems to have stalled the process was the lack of a stipulation to make a second fight, this one for the junior middleweight belt, mandatory.
On June 5 the WBC did just that and shortly after followed with a mandatory purse-bid which set it at $405,000. Since Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, the current 154lb title holder, has scheduled a defense of his title on September 15 at the MGM Grand, against Josesito Lopez, the winner of the Vanes-Lara bout will face the winner of the Alvarez-Lopez fight for his chance at the Junior Middleweight title.
The delay between now and when the WBC made the title fight mandatory has been on Lara’s end. Martriosyan signed the contract shortly after the mandate was issued. Serge Martriosyan, the uncle and manager of Vanes, had a theory on why Lara might be waiting to sign off. In a previously made statement he said he believed Lara was holding out in order to secure a direct title shot and skip the eliminator. It seems those alleged hopes have dwindled over time.
Whatever the circumstances, it is all set up now and one fighter has already spoken out about his chances. Around midnight on August 21, shortly after the contract signing had been announced, Martirosyan had this to say on Twitter “November 10 I’m bringing a big wagon so after I beat Lara people can jump the Team Vanes Wagon hahahaa can’t wait”.