Quintero halts Fontanez in Five; Morales stops Negron in seven
Battle-tested lightweight Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero, 28-6 (24), proved to be too tough against Jeffrey Fontanez, 16-2 (12), forcing a stoppage in the fifth round of the “LA Fight Club”/Golden Boy Promotions/Estrella TV main event Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The southpaw Quintero used angles and counter-punching early on and throughout the fight to get ahead, break through against the flashier-punching Fontanez, who used his reach well early on but could not keep up with the harder shots landed by the Mexican.
The Puerto Rican was eventually caught and sent to the canvas twice in the fifth round, with a furious follow-up forcing Fontanez’s won corner to throw in the towel at 2:21 of the fifth frame. With the win, Quintero took home the vacant NABF lightweight strap.
Morales brutally pounds a stoppage over Negron
Junior lightweight Carlos Morales, 10-1-3 (4), brutally beat up a game O’Nell Negron, 11-2-2 (8), who took a frightful beating over seven rounds in a the co-featured bout.
Morales seemingly could have finished the fight in the second or third round, as Negron was badly hurt from both attacks to the head and body, but Morales seemed to step off the pedal, allowing Negron to briefly come back and stay in the fight.
It was ultimately a bad choice for the Puerto Rican as Morales, who looked content to throw looping hooks early on, opened up with a repertoire of well-placed shots from all angles, in an increasingly hard to watch bout, especially in the sixth and seventh stanzas.
With referee Zac Young not stopping the beating, the ringside doctor took the matter into his own hands, calling the fight off in the seventh.
In other results, junior lightweight Oscar “Colombia” Negrete, 11-0 (4), stopped Jose Estrella, 14-8-1 (10), in six heats, as Estrella failed to come out for the seventh round.
Lightweight prospect Hector ”Finito” Tanajara , 2-0 (1), defeated Antonio Martinez, 4-3-3 (3), via unanimous (40-36, across the board) decision.
Emilio Sanchez 9-0 (6), stopped Juan Sandoval, 7-17-1 (4), in three. Sandoval retired from the fight as his right eye completely swelled up and shut down.
Featherweight Francisco Esparza (1-0), defeated Carlos Gonzalez 1-8 via 40-36 on all cards.
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