Martirosyan starting over

Released by Top Rank earlier this month, not long after suffering his first career loss, junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan signed on Tuesday with promoter Dan Goossen.

Martirosyan, 27, had been with Top Rank for his entire pro career since signing with Bob Arum’s company after representing the United States in the 2004 Olympics. But the relationship had simply run its course, especially after Martirosyan turned in disappointing performances in two of his last three fights: a ninth-round technical draw with Erislandy Lara in a November 2012 title eliminator, and a decision loss to Demetrius Andrade for a vacant world title in November 2013.

Now Martirosyan (33-1-1, 21 KOs) is starting over with Goossen.

"I'm really excited about signing with Goossen Tutor Promotions," exclaimed Martirosyan, a resident of Glendale, Calif. "I see a very bright future ahead of us. I do want to thank Bob for all his support the last seven years. I am very grateful and wish them the best of luck."

Martirosyan’s first fight under his new contract will take place March 21 on ESPN2 at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. The opponent has not been determined.

"This is a very exciting signing for our company," Goossen said. “What we look for in our fighters is talent and the desire and willingness to overcome every obstacle, and we know Vanes has all the tools to do just that. He's ready to start with renewed vigor and said one simple thing to me upon signing: 'I'll fight anybody.’”

Martirosyan said getting over his first defeat has been tough.

"Having tasted defeat for the first time really woke me up, and I never want that bitter taste in my mouth again," Martirosyan said. "Words can't express how I've felt over the last few months, but my performance in the ring from this point on will give everyone an idea. This loss has ignited a fire in me that had almost faded through the long years it took me to get to that title fight. I'm hungrier than ever and simply can't wait to get back in the ring. I am working hard and will be ready to face anybody in the 154 division. I'm on a mission to become a world champion."