Petr Petrov stops Marvin Quintero in entertaining slugfest
LAS VEGAS – It was an uncharacteristically brisk night at the outdoor venue of the Toshiba Plaza. But lightweights Petr Petrov and Marvin Quintero each fought with a fire lit under them until Petrov earned the TKO victory in the Estrella TV main event when the fight was stopped at the end of the sixth round due to Quintero being unable to see out of his left eye.
But those six rounds were stuffed full of action.
Petrov and Quintero engaged in a back and forth brawl where the only thing that stopped one man’s punches was the face of his opponent. Quintero appeared to possess the heavier hands as he moved Petrov around with a variety of hooks and straights. But Petrov found Quintero’s left eye to be a target and went after it from the early going and never relented.
It was apparent that Quintero’s eye was going to be a problem as early as the second round and the Mexican fought with a sense of urgency to end the fight before his eye would spell his demise. But for every clubbing power shot that Petrov ate, he would come right back and slam his own punches into Quintero’s face.
It appeared that Quintero’s power was breaking Petrov down in the fifth. Unfortunately, he couldn’t break him down fast enough. In the sixth, Quintero threw the kitchen sink at the fighter from Ryazan, Russia, but Petrov took everything he had to offer and fired back with clubbing hooks of his own. With about a minute to go, it was clear that Quintero had expended all of his energy and he took a deep breath and fired off a final salvo. But with Petrov still there and returning fire as the round closed, it was evident, with the left eye shut and the right eye looking to follow, that it was going to get a lot worse before it was going to get better.
With the victory, Petrov improves to 37-4-2 with his 18th knockout. As for Quintero, he falls to 28-7.
In the co-featured bout, Alan Sanchez utilized his length and movement to keep Pablo Cesar Cano guessing and earned a 10-round split decision victory in the battle of welterweights.
Sanchez was determined to stick with a game plan that kept him constantly circling with his back sliding across the ropes to take advantage of Cano’s inability to cut off the ring. The strategy paid off in dividends in the early rounds as Cano looked befuddled and simply couldn’t trap his prey. Whenever he closed in, Sanchez would slap him with a combination and return to circling the ring.
Cano didn’t find much success until the 7th round, when he finally managed to walk Sanchez into a thudding left hook that buckled his opponent. But “El Demoledor” couldn’t capitalize on his opportunity. However, he did find some success in the later rounds as Sanchez began to slow down, allowing Cano to land several power shots. But it was too little, too late in the eyes of two judges who scored it in favor of Sanchez with scores of 97-93. One judge appreciated Cano’s aggression and rewarded him with a 96-94 scorecard.
With the victory, Sanchez improves to 18-3-1 while Cano falls to 29-5-1.