|Provodnikov Stops Popoca; Quintero Halts Santiago
By German and Paty Villasenor (April 18, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
(Photo © German Villasenor)
lightweight Ruslan Provodnikov 19-1 (13), made a successful yet methodical return
to the ring following his first pro loss to Mauricio Herrera last January, breaking
down and stopping a very tough, game Ivan Popoca in the eighth round of the
ESPN2-televised main event on Friday night at Pechanga Resort and
Casino in Temecula, California.
went through a slow first round, with Popoca, 15-1-1 (10), showing no respect
for the Russian fighter. Popoca stepped up the attack, landing some jarring
shots to the head in the third round. Provodnikov found his distance, going to
the body at the cost of counter shots by Popoca’s slightly unorthodox stance. Both
men, with faces bruised, went to total war in the fifth, taking turns tagging
each other at will.
seemed to gas out and took the next round to mostly backpedal. That would only recharge
his battery, as Provodnikov came out hard in the seventh, sending the Mexican
banger down to the canvas with a right to the head. Judge Pat Russell was on the
verge of stopping the fight but Popoca somehow managed to withstand the barrage
to the bell.
end came as Provodnikov battered his foe unmercifully in the eighth round. Having
seen enough, Russell stopped the bout at 2:15 of the round.
Quintero KOs Santiago in Three
the co-featured bout, Marvin Quintero, 22-3 (18), scored a stoppage over
late sub Juan Santiago in the third round of a scheduled ten-round lightweight
hailing from nearby Tijuana, Mexico, went toe to toe in the first
round against the Puerto Rican Santiago, landing hard shots to the body. After rocking
each other through the first two rounds, Quintero found his timing, getting
the better of the taller Santiago by the end of the second.
wasted no time picking up where he left off in the third, not
letting Santiago off the hook. Still dazed from the previous round (in
which he seemed to throw up into the spit bucket between rounds) Santiago
was in no shape to withstand the heavy artillery coming his way as he lay
against the ropes.
to Santiago’s inability to properly defend himself, referee Tom Taylor halted
the bout at 12 seconds into the stanza. Santiago, now 13-7-1 (8), took the
fight on a few days notice, as Quintero's original opponent, former world title
challenger Ji Hoon Kim pulled out due to an eye problem early this week.
Another opponent, Gabriel Tolmajyan was selected as Kim’s initial
replacement but that fight fell through as well, opening the opportunity for
The card was presented by Artie Pellulo's Banner Promotions along with Ringside
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