Vanes Martirosyan Hopes to Schedule WBC Eliminator with Alfredo Angulo

Vanes Martirosyan is looking to land a fight with Alfredo Angulo, but may have to go to Mexico. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Junior middleweight contenders Vanes Martirosyan (30-0, 19 KO) and Alfredo Angulo (19-1, 16 KO) have been ordered to fight a junior middleweight eliminator by the WBC, which is a fair decision, but more complicated than simply getting the two together for a fight.

There is a "free negotiation" period, but if no deal is reached, a purse bid will be held on August 19. What could make this a bit tough is that Angulo, who turns 29 on August 11, still has a huge issue with not being allowed into the United States after a long, drawn-out, and as Gabriel Montoya put it in a great feature at MaxBoxing, convoluted story that involved serious visa issues and some disputes with promoter Gary Shaw, and just all kinds of mess that would take too long to explain, so read the Montoya feature if you missed it.

Angulo is currently slated to fight in Mexico on August 20, but that could be canceled if a deal with Martirosyan can be reached. Vanes would have to go to Mexico for the fight, but he may not see that as a serious issue. Vanes tweeted about the talk, and says his team is working on it:

Yes its true my people are woking on the Angulo fight i hope it gets made he's one of the best and i wanna fight him God Blessless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Martirosyan is hungry for an opportunity, and has tried to work his way into title shots for the WBA, WBO and most recently, the WBC. He holds the "silver" (new word for "interim" with the WBC) belt at 154 pounds, and to win that "vacant title," beat Saul Roman in a "semi-final eliminator." Angulo has fought no such "semi-final eliminator," but, well, it's the WBC.

The current WBC titlist is Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who returns on September 17 against Alfonso Gomez.

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