Maybe it was the fact that Joe Tessitore wasn't calling the fights tonight, maybe it was the fact that the production team seemed to be on spring break, maybe it was the fact that the Morongo Casino was as empty and soulless as usual, but tonight's edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights lacked spark, and it's arguable that the winners did, too.
Vanes Martirosyan improved to 34-1-1 (21 KO) in his first fight for new promoter Goossen Tutor, beating Mario Lozano (28-5, 22 KO) by unanimous decision over ten rounds. Scores were 100-89 across the board, with Martirosyan scoring a nice second round knockdown on a right hand.
Martirosyan, 27, proved nothing tonight that he hasn't proven several times over, but he's working with a new trainer in Joe Goossen, and coming off of the first loss of his pro career, in a fight where he admits he just didn't feel like he was at 100 percent. So a tune-up bout with the new trainer, new promoter, and coming off of a loss was understandable, and Martirosyan boxed well, controlling the bout against a game opponent, and he's certainly young enough to still have a future.
In the co-feature, lightweight Anthony Peterson routed Marcos Jimenez over 10 rounds, winning on scores of 98-92, 99-91, and 100-90. The 29-year-old Peterson (33-1, 21 KO) was fighting for the first time since May 2013, and just the second time since 2011, and though he handled Jimenez (20-5, 13 KO) with ease, he did look pretty rusty, which isn't exactly surprising. Peterson recently signed with Al Haymon, so bigger things could be on the horizon, and the lightweight division isn't exactly stacked at the moment.