By Marc Livitz: Rustam Nugaev scored a fourth round TKO win this evening when Marvin Quintero’s night was halted due to a broken left hand. At the time of stoppage, Quintero was in control of the contest.
ESPN’s "Friday Night Fights" brought the fight night trailer to the Pala Casino Spa and Resort this evening and the quaint villa just north of San Diego had a great crowd on hand.
Quintero looked to push the action in round one. The orthodox (Nugaev) versus southpaw welterweight matchup looked destined for a clash of heads early on. Marvin was sticking and moving, while Rustam seemed to be content to load up his arsenal in a safe place for rounds to come. Quintero danced around the ring in the second as Nugaev simply walked. Rustam’s body shots began to land and only the bell was there to save his Baja California, MX opponent.
Marvin tried his best to double as well as triple the jab as the third was underway. He effectively jabbed and popped his way out of a temporary tough spot when his Russian antagonist forced him into a corner. He kept on punching and moving. Nugaev pressed more into round four and his shots began to land in between the constant jabbing and moving of Quintero.
Towards the end of the three minute period, Marvin winced just after he landed a snapping left to his opponent’s forehead. Sadly, he was unable to answer the bell for round five, as he complained to his corner of extreme pain in his left hand. As a result, Rustam Nugaev claimed his sixth straight win by way of a fourth round TKO and he took his record to (26-6-1, 16 KO’s), while Marvin Quintero experienced the tough luck of the sweet science and fell to (25-4, 21 KO’s).
Morales Controls Fight With Suleymanov
In an eight round bantamweight contest, Roman Morales kept his undefeated record intact by way of shutout decision over Khabir Suleymanov.
The first round saw lots of movement between the two men and each let their hands fly during much of the closing minute. A similar series of exchanges brought the first knockdown of the bout inside ten seconds of round two. A quick overhand right from Morales caught Suleymanov flush across the cheekbone. "The Crazy Russian" quickly rose to his feet and had a look of anticipation on his face. He took a few more shots from his California opponent, most notably a quick left which sent his gloves to the canvas towards the end of the period. Khabir may have taken the hint and tried to box a bit more in the third. As a result, Roman exercised a greater a amount of patience. They traded jabs, yet not much else occurred.
Morales did his best to keep the action in the center of the ring as he looked to control the pace. The few meaningful shots he landed were not followed by ones which could effectively turn the tide. The flurries between the two accented the end to round four. Roman scored another knockdown about halfway through the fifth.
The pace didn’t slow as the fight progressed into the sixth stanza. Round seven was perhaps the best but only round that Suleymanov could claim. An accidental headbutt opened a sizable cut around his right eye. He was sent to the canvas yet again just seconds inside the eighth and final round. A missed left jab from Morales was quickly followed up by a right hook and as before, he arose and continued fighting.
Knockdown number five visited Khabir with about a minute to go courtesy of another right hook. The tough fighter from Eastern Europe made it to the final bell, but all that he could rightfully claim would be a moral victory. All three ringside judges agreed that Morales had dominated the bout from end to end and awarded him an easy unanimous decision win. With the victory, Roman Morales improved his unbeaten record to (19-0, 9 KO’s), while his game yet easily hittable foe fell to (16-4, 6 KO’s).
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