Vanes Martirosyan Training with Victor Conte and SNAC Team Ahead of Big Ishe Smith Showdown

Vanes Martirosyan is training out of the Undisputed Boxing Gym in Northern California ahead of his showdown with Ishe Smith (Photo: Team Martirosyan)

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By Chris Robinson

A high-stakes junior middleweight showdown is on its way, as former IBF champion Ishe Smith will be locking horns with top-flight contender Vanes Martirosyan, with the match now having a good chance of landing on Floyd Mayweather’s upcoming pay per view on Sep. 12 in Las Vegas.

We recently caught up with Smith (27-7, 12 KO’s) inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club, where he has been working diligently with trainer Danny Smith ahead of the fight, and he had a dead set focus ahead of the matchup.

So too has Martirosyan (35-2-1, 21 KO’s) been putting in work, but the scenery around him has changed just a bit.

Following his very close decision loss to Jermell Charlo in March, Martirosyan has since relocated his camp to Northern California, where he can be spotted training inside of the Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos.

“Great Workout Today,” Martirosyan stated on Instagram late last month. “Thanks to these guys I’m gonna be a monster on #Fightnight.”

In the photos, Martirosyan could be seen with his new team, as he is now apart of Victor Conte’s SNAC movement, as Conte, trainer Brian Schwartz, strength and conditioning coach Mike Bazzel, and super flyweight Bruno Escalante could also be seen next to the Armenian fighter.

A follow-up interview with Tha Boxing Voice sheds some light on Martirosyan’s new regimen ahead of another pivotal fight in his career.

“It’s been a blessing,” stated the Armenian-born fighter. “I’m been working with Victor Conte. They set me up with good trainers here. Mike Bazzel and Brian (Schwartz). We’ve got a good team and thanks to Victor I feel really good being up here.”

To anyone who has been inside of the Undisputed Gym, they will likely be able to tell you that while the gym itself is tremendously spacious, it actually has a tranquility about it that allows fighters to get personal one-on-one time.

Hypoxic Training is a big part of the training regimen and Martirosyan appears to be reaping the benefits.

“I’ve never done this in my whole career,” Martirosyan admitted. “This is my first time doing this. Taking supplements and stuff like that. SNAC is my sponsor and it’s on a different level. It’s something that I’ve been missing in my career.”

With both men working tirelessly, the Martirosyan vs. Smith matchup promises to give us some answers on where each man stands moving forward.

Stay tuned for more news and check below for the full interview with Martirosyan. Click the link or banner below for more info on SNAC.

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