LAS VEGAS Former WBO welterweight beltlholder Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KOs) overcame a cut over his right eye and busted up Deandre Latimore (23-4, 17 KOs) on the way to winning the clash of southpaws by sixth-round knockout on the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
Quintana lost to Miguel Cotto and Andre Berto and split bouts with Paul Williams, all of whom knocked him out, but the Puerto Rican veteran ended Latimore’s three-fight winning streak.
Quintana ended the fight with a hard left that dropped Latimore, who failed to beat the count of referee Kenny Bayless. The end came at 2:19 of the round.
Quintana out-landed Latimore nearly 2-to-1 (108-to-55), had an advantage in jabs connected (44-29), and also in total power punches (132-101). Quintana out-landed Latimore, 82-35, over the last four rounds.
“The fight went very well, I’m very happy because I went 15 months without fighting, so it’s great to be back,” said Quintana, who opened a cut over Latimore’s left eye. “I kept going forward and going for his eye. This was a good night for Puerto Rico.”
In his last fight in February, Latimore rose from knockdowns in the ninth and 10th rounds to score a majority decision over late replacement Milton Nunez, of Colombia.
Although he was floored with 26 seconds left in each of the last two rounds, Latimore escaped with the triumph over Nunez, whose previous three losses had all been by first-round stoppage.
Trained by Mayweather’s uncle, Jeff Mayweather, Latimore’s previous two wins were by third-round knockout over Darien Ford in July of 2010 and eight-round unanimous decision over Dennis Sharpe last April.
Before that, Latimore had sandwiched an unimpressive decision over Sammy Sparkman in August of 2009 between a split-decision loss to Cory Spinks in 2009 (in a 12-round bout for the vacant IBF title), and a loss to Sechew Powell in the rematch of a seventh-round TKO victory for Latimore in June of 2008.
In the opening bout of the Mayweather-Cotto pay-per-view card, San Diego-based welterweight Antonio Orozco (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a TKO at 1:45 of the third round over Dillet Frederick (8-6-3, 5 KOs), of Fort Myers, Fla.
The second fight of the evening featured welterweight KO artist Keith Thurman (17-0, 16 KOs), of Clearwater, Fla., who scored a second-round knockdown on the way to a third-round stoppage of Brandon Koskins (16-1-1, 8 KOs), of Hannibal, Mo.
Thurman trapped Koskins near the ropes and nailed him repeatedly, causing referee Russell Mora to step in and end the matchup 25 seconds into the third.
Another eight-rounder ended in advance of its scheduled time as Omar Figueroa (16-0-1, 13 KOs), of Weslaco, Tex., dropped his rival once in the first round of a second-round knockout over Robbie Cannon (12-7-2, 6 KOs), of Pevely, Mo.
Featherweight Braulio Santos (6-0, 5 KOs), of Carolina, PR., won his six-rounder by unanimous decision over Juan Sandoval (5-9-1, 3 KOs), of San Bernardino, Calif.
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