Harris upsets Quintera
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Before a sold-out crowd at Pechanga Casino, in Temecula, Calif., Tyrone Harris displayed speed, power, ring generalship, heart, a chin and superior counterpunching to upset the favored top prospect Marvin Quintero via an eighth round TKO.
Harris was coming off a knockout loss at the hands of Urbano Antillon, and was the loser of two of his previous four fights, but displayed a quiet confidence from the outset of the bout.
By all appearances, he seemed to be in attendance merely to serve as a stepping stone to the promising Quintero, but Harris had other ideas in mind.
Meanwhile, Quintero, against more limited opposition, and never having gone more than eight rounds in a previous bout, came into the contest with 12 consecutive victories while making his third ShoBox appearance. In his prior appearance, on the same evening of May 1, at a different venue, Harris suffered a knockout by Antillon, while Quintero had his biggest career night with a domineering unanimous decision victory over Wes Ferguson.
In the opening round, it was immediately apparent that this would not be a walk in the park for Quintero and that Harris’ style matched up extremely well to that of Quintero. Each time Quintero would try to push the action, he would, in turn, eat counterpunches from the slick boxer-puncher, Harris.
With both fighters being southpaws, neither seemed to have an edge there, but it was Harris who was better able to land his jab, while many of Quintero’s punches seemed to land just short of their intended target, Harris’ head.
The best punch for Harris seemed to be his right hooks which he used very effectively as a counterpunch, in addition to his quick straight left hand crosses.
By the third round, Quintero seemed to start drawing even with Harris and perhaps accidental, perhaps not accidental, Quintero landed a low blow on Harris that seemed even a few miles south of his native Tijuana. Harris recovered after a few seconds and did not retaliate in kind.
Round four saw Harris take back control of the action and stagger Quintero with his effective counterpunching.
Round five's action was a prequel to what would come three rounds later as he staggered Quintero to the point where the referee, Raul Caiz Jr., took a very hard look at Quintero and possibly thought about stepping in to wave off the fight if there was any further damage. Quintero, however, to his credit, fought back valiantly and survived the round.
Somehow, Quintero seemed to get a second wind and in the 6th and 7th rounds, seemed to pull back almost even with Harris who seemed like he was fading. Quintero’s punches were suddenly finding the mark as he seemed to win both rounds.
In a fight with plenty of ebbs and tides, the eighth round saw Harris come back and in an action-filled exchange, he rocked Quintero, hurting him badly. After a few unanswered power shots and with Quintero on queer street, referee, Caiz Jr.,stepped in and called a halt to the fight, giving Harris the upset victory via a TKO at 1:05 of the 8th round.
With the victory, Harris improves to 24-5, 16ko’s, as well as earns the biggest victory of his career.
In defeat, Quintero drops to 16-2, 12 KOs, but, at only 22 years old, still has a very promising future. It is further worth noting that Quintero may have broken his right hand early in the fight.
Overall, a very good fight that left the live audience very pleased, but not so much for Quintero’s promoter, Gary Shaw, who appealed his case to press row and criticized both the referee and professional boxing concurrently.
“That’s what’s wrong with boxing!” stated a visibly upset Shaw. “That was a horrible stoppage! Let the fighter go down!”
Quintero, on the other hand, seemed to be less upset with the decision of the referee to stop the fight and offered up little protest, recognizing that he was in trouble at the time of the stoppage and with an injured right hand would have little chance to secure a late round or decision victory.
"My hand really hurt", Quintero said. "I agree with the referee."
Harris, meanwhile, was classy in victory and credited the referee with a job well done.
"I tried to keep control of the fight", Harris said. "My corner told me to pick up the pace and keep at him. I kept putting my hands on him and he was feeling it in the last couple rounds.
"The referee knows what he is doing. If you can't defend yourself then the fight has to be stopped."
In the co-main event, a bantamweight attraction, talented young Chris Avalos brought in his perfect record to face powerful young Andre Wilson.
The opening round was a bit of a feeling out round, and was pretty even.
However, in the second round, Avalos wasted little time and was able to floor Wilson hard with a left hook that left him visibly hurt. Showing a tremendous heart, however, Wilson beat the count and continued on, only to, again, be floored by another Avalos left hook just seconds later.
Although Wilson rose again, the referee wisely called an end to the fight and by way of TKO in the second round, with the very talented looking Avalos improving to 11-0, 9 KOs, and Wilson dropping to 11-3-1.
In undercard action, an eight-round welterweight affair, the once-beaten Freddy Hernandez, from Mexico City, Mexico, completely dominated the overmatched veteran Hicklet Lau. Hernandez floored Lau in, each, the fourth and the eighth rounds, winning a one-sided affair in a unanimous decision by scores of 80-69, and 80-70 (twice).
In other undercard action, a six-round super welterweight bout, hometown favorite, Deshon Johnson, of nearby Escondido, was victorious over the heavily inked Alan Velasco via 2nd round TKO. With the victory, Johnson improves to 7-2-2, 5 KOs, while Velasco drops to 8-3-2.
In a walkout bout, a six-round super lightweight contest, undefeated Aris Ambriz was fed the overmatched Daniel Gonzales. Gonzales seemed completely clueless and it took Ambriz a mere 94 seconds to secure the first round TKO victory. With the win, Ambriz improves to 11-0-0, 6 KOs, while Martinez drops to 9-24.
Overall, it was an excellent evening of boxing put on by Gary Shaw Productions and broadcast on Showtime as part of the ShoBox, The New Generation, monthly series.
Ring announcer was Lupe Contreras.