Lightweight titlist Miguel Vazquez and junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan are the newest fighters to sign with adviser/manager Al Haymon, whose right-hand man Sam Watson told ESPN.com.
Vazquez (34-3, 13 KOs), 27, of Mexico, won a vacant 135-pound title by lopsided decision against Ji-Hoon Kim in 2010 and has been dominant in six defenses. But his fighting style is not crowd-pleasing and he has found it difficult to get on American television. Now that he's with Haymon, you can probably bank on him getting TV time.
In his last fight, Vazquez outpointed mandatory challenger Denis Shafikov on Feb. 22 in Macau on a Top Rank card. Vazquez is promoted by Fernando Beltran's Zanfer Promotions, which is very close to Top Rank (a promotion which does not do business with Haymon). According to Zanfer, Vazquez's promotional agreement expires in October.
Haymon also has lightweight titlist Omar Figueroa in his stable but it would be surprising to see him match them against each other. Despite Figueroa’s growing popularity and crowd-pleasing style, he has difficulty dealing with slick boxers.
Haymon is also deep in the junior middleweight division with champion Floyd Mayweather in his stable along with titleholder Erislandy Lara and former titlist Austin Trout.
It's the third major change for Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 KOs), 28, of Glendale, California, this year.
After losing a decision to Demetrius Andrade for a vacant world title in November, Martirosyan, a 2004 U.S. Olympian, was released by Top Rank, which had promoted him for his entire career. He signed with promoter Dan Goossen in January and changed trainers, going with Joe Goossen, Dan's brother.
The only other blemish on Martirosyan's record is a ninth-round technical draw with Erislandy Lara in their November 2012 title elimination fight.
Haymon continues to sign fighters left and right, adding Vazquez and Martirosyan to a growing stable that also includes, among others, Danny Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse, Adonis Stevenson, Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, Robert Guerrero, Amir Khan, Peter Quillin, Chris Arreola, Deontay Wilder, Devon Alexander, Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Lamont Peterson, Anthony Peterson, Gary Russell Jr., Sakio Bika, Leo Santa Cruz, John Molina, Beibut Shumenov, Chad Dawson, Jermain Taylor, Edwin Rodriguez, Errol Spence Jr., Paulie Malignaggi, Luis Collazo, Josesito Lopez, Rances Barthelemy, Marcus Browne and Dominic Wade.