Petr Petrov and Marvin Quintero were getting into the real vicious part of a slugfest when the fight was stopped after six rounds, giving Petrov a TKO victory and putting him close to a potential world title shot at lightweight.
Petrov (37-4-2, 18 KO) caught Quintero with a hard right hand late in round one, which seemed to be what caused Quintero's left eye to begin swelling shut, and it was totally closed after the fourth round. And the punch was the official ruling, because it was Quintero's closed eye that stopped the fight. But Quintero (28-7, 24 KO) said that the eye swelled shut due to a clash of heads, which was also supported by Joseph Diaz Jr, the super bantamweight prospect who was seated ringside and doing some analysis during the Ring TV Live broadcast.
Quintero has had a bit of a hard luck run, losing a fight in 2014 to Rustam Nugaev because of a hand injury, losing another one to Jose "Chepo" Gonzalez in 2015 due to an ankle injury, and now this, not to mention getting the short end of a debatable fight against Miguel Vazquez in a 2012 world title bout.
This fight had a lot of action, as Quintero fought with some real urgency as soon as the second round began. It was back and forth, with both guys landing some good, clean punches. Here are the final CompuBox stats:
Final stats for Quintero-Petrov pic.twitter.com/m0BrJiKk48— CompuBox (@CompuBox) May 7, 2016
With the win, Petrov now holds the NABF (WBC) and NABA (WBA) lightweight belts, which could put him right in line for a shot at tomorrow's Anthony Crolla-Ismael Barroso winner, who will have the WBA title, or the winner of a June 11 bout between Dejan Zlaticanin and Emiliano Marsili, which will be for the interim WBC title, as current titleholder Jorge Linares is on the shelf with an injury.
Alan Sanchez won a 10-round split decision over Pablo Cesar Cano in a welterweight bout, taking scores of 97-93, 97-93, and 94-96. BLH had it 98-92 for Sanchez (18-3-1, 6 KO), whose length and lateral movement gave Cano (29-5-1, 21 KO) fits throughout the evening. Sanchez, a 6-foot tall welterweight, was able to use a simple but effective strategy, keeping Cano at bay.
Cano, who is generally speaking a pretty big welterweight himself (5'9" with a 71-inch reach), looked really limited here, a bit uninspired early on, and was never able to cut off the ring effectively, largely just walking forward without fighting his way in. Sanchez didn't necessarily do anything special, but he controlled the fight and was mostly able to do what he wanted.
Super bantamweights Horacio Garcia and Erik Ruiz fought to a split draw on scores of 98-92 Ruiz, 97-93 Garcia, and 95-95. I didn't score this one, because I didn't focus quite enough to do that, but it was a good fight, and seemed very close. Both the first two cards seemed wide either way to me, and that was the impression that Ring TV Live's Doug Fischer and Steve Kim had, as well, with Fischer scoring it 95-95 and Kim 96-94 for Ruiz. Garcia is now 30-1-1 (22 KO), with Ruiz now 15-5-1 (6 KO).