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Young boxer can't hide his enthusiasm

Updated: July 29, 2004, 10:49 PM ET
By Thomas Gerbasi | MaxBoxing.com

There was plenty of pressure on Vanes Martirosyan as he stepped into the ring for the beginning of the Western trials in February. It wasn't that the then 17-year-old would have to win five fights in five days to make it to the Olympic trials.

"My dad is a smoker," Martirosyan said. "He told me that once I won the Western trials, he would quit smoking. I wanted him to quit smoking because it's not good for me and it's especially not good for him."

And despite being ranked 14th in ...

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