Jared “the Jackhammer” Papazian is quick to toss out thank-yous to people.
People like his trainers and training partners, such as lead corner man Alberto Crane of Burbank Gracie Barra, where Papazian trains among other Southern California locales. He’s always quick to pay thanks to his manager Darin Harvey and, on Wednesday, he went out of his way to give thanks to his mom for all that she’s done for him, along with her friends.
Papazian is also thankful for an opportunity that came to fruition due to his friend John Robles. On Saturday, though, Robles will be Papazian’s foe, as the two square off in a World Series of Fighting preliminary bout at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
“This is the first time I’ve fought somebody I’ve trained with and consider a friend,” Papazian said.
Papazian (15-10) and Robles (7-1) will go to battle in a three-round, bantamweight (135 pounds) bout in which both enter with plenty of familiarity, having formerly trained together at PKG (Punch-Kick-Grapple) Training Center and developed a friendship that still stands today.