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If you’ve watched Marvin Quintero 28-7 (24KO’s) and Peter “Czar” Petrov 37-4-2 (17KO’s) fight before tonight then you knew when a fight between the two was announced that it would be full of action. Well they didn’t disappoint as the two aggressive fighters came together to wet the whistle of the Canelo vs Khan fight crowd in Las Vegas. Both fighters traded big shots and pressed forward, Quintero’s face would start to show wear and tear early as his left eye swelled shut by the fourth round.
At the end of the sixth round referee Jay Nady called a halt to the fight on the recommendation of the doctor regarding Quintero’s left eye. Official scorecards at the time of the stoppage were 59-57, and 58-56 twice for Petrov. Czar Petrov moves forward and sets himself up for bigger opportunities down the road saying after the fight “I have been off for over a year and a half and I did feel sluggish and slow at times but the win is all that matters.”
“I am very disappointed with the doctor’s decision, I had been fighting like this for two rounds and felt physically strong to continue.” Said Quintero.
Alan Sanchez 18-3-1 (9KO’s) scraped by Pablo Cesar Cano 29-5-1 (21KO’s) with a split decision victory. Sanchez tried to box on the outside and use his feet to keep away from Cano but the Mexican would make his way inside to keep the fight close. Cano landed a solid shot in the eighth round that brought oohs and aahs from the crowd; Sanchez would jab, move and smother in close down the stretch to keep himself in the win column and pick up the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title on scores of 96-94 Cano and 97-93 twice for Sanchez.
“I don’t feel the decision was a good one, because I felt I was ahead in the rounds, landing more of my punches harder and more effectively.” Cano said after the fight.
“I want the big title, I want to be a world champion one day and this is the first step.” Sanchez told everyone after the fight.
Santa Ana product and amateur standout Alexis Rocha 2-0 (2KO’s) picked another quick TKO vicory after he blasted out Abdel Vera 0-3 of Puerto Rico. Rocha came out in the first and landed hard combinations to the body of Vera sending him to a knee. Referee Vic Draculich kept a close eye on Vera and for good reason, Rocha came in to fire another combination and Vera stopped punching prompting him to call a halt to the fight at 2:18 of the first round.
In what was a good back and forth action fight Horacio Garcia 30-1-1 (21KO’s) and Erik Ruiz 15-5-1 (6KO’s) battled to a split draw that could have gone to either man. Trading big shots throughout each stanza it was a hard fight to score, but the official scores of 98-92 Ruiz, 97-93 Garcia, and 95-95 reflected exactly how split media row was during this fight.
Opening the action was Joet Gonzalez 13-0 (6KO’s) of Glendora California in an eight round bout against tough Ricardo Proano 11-4 (9KO’s) of Mexico. Gonzalez overcame a few moments of adversity to show he can stick to the plan, after being cut over and under the right eye. Gonzalez stayed in the win column using his jab and better technique on scores of 80-72 and 79-73 twice.