PRESS CONFERENCES designed to promote the undercard of fights often have the reverse effect. Lots of fighters are presented to the media; in turn they shuffle up to the microphone, thank everyone and everything, explain how hard they’ve trained, and then promise that it’s going to be a great fight.
Today’s presser, staged at the MGM Grand and featuring the supporting cast of the Floyd Mayweather-Andre Berto show, was heading down a similar path. Vanes Martirosyan, all smiles, got up to say a few words about his encounter with former IBF light-middleweight boss, Ishe Smith.
“I had a really good camp,” he said after the customary thanks. “I’m excited and happy to be here. Ishe Smith is a good fighter, a good veteran, and I have a lot of respect for him.”