Harris Hasnít The Heart To
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
Jessie Vargas and former world champion Vivian Harris
headlined a six bout fight card at Buffalo Billís Star
of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. On hand to watch
the main event were five current and former world
champions including Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather,
Saul Alvarez, Fernando Vargas and Zab Judah.
Vargas earned a TKO
following the first when Vivian Harris failed to answer
the bell to start the second. Vargas (15-0) went right
at Harris from the opening bell winging right hooks to
the body. Harris (29-6-1) appeared content to cover up
and make it through the first.
His plan almost didnít
work when Vargas staggered Harris with a hook that sent
the former champion stumbling into Vargas. By the time
referee Joe Cortez separated the fighters the round had
nearly come to an end. Between rounds Harrisí corner
informed Cortez that Harris was unable to fight on.
Harris earned a reported $15,000 to cover up for three
minutes and then quit on his stool.
In the co-main event of
the evening, junior middleweight Eddie Gomez defeated
Roberto Lopez by scores of 60-53, 59-54 & 59-55 to win
his fourth fight in four starts. Gomez (4-0) used his
quickness to counter Lopez early in the contest, but it
was a left hook, right hand combination that nearly put
Lopez on his seat mid way through the second.
Once Lopez wobbled,
Gomez loaded up on hooks and uppercuts. Lopez (4-2-2)
survived the round on instinct and desire. Lopez enjoyed
a better third round but did little to impress Gomez.
Determined to work his way into the fight, Lopez pressed
Gomez in the fourth. Lopez didnít land anything big but
he outworked Gomez and got his attention. The pressure
finally got to Gomez in the fifth.
Lopez worked his way
into Gomez who resorted to holding to slow the charge.
Gomez got a second wind in the sixth and increased his
work rate to match the output by Lopez.
Bastie Samir was pushed
to the brink by hard-nosed Lester Gonzalez who earned a
split draw to end Samirís string of knock out victories
at ten. Samir (10-0-1) and Gonzalez traded leather in
the first with Gonzalez landing the best punch of the
round. When the action heated up again in the second
Samir lost all technique and got wide with his punches.
Gonzalez (11-3-2) took
advantage and landed a flush left hand; the best punch
of the round. For a 20 second stretch in the third the
combatants stood toe to toe and rained bombs on each
other. How both men stayed on their feet God only knows.
Gonzalez took a breather in the fourth though once again
he landed the best punch of the round. Samir outworked
Gonzalez again in the fifth but rushed his punches and
appeared desperate at times.
This time it was Samir
who landed the best punch of the round. Both men worked
hard to close the show in the sixth. Samir wobbled
Gonzalez with a right but didnít come close to earning
his 11th KO in 11 fights.
defeated Quantrine Hill by unanimous decision to win
their four round heavyweight contest. It was a fast
paced first, for heavies, with plenty of action over the
full three minutes. The pace remained hurried in the
second with Flores walking Hill around the ring. Flores
(4-0) landed a lead right hand with regularity though it
had little effect on Hill.
Hill (4-2) stood his
ground early in the third but gave way as the round
progressed. Referee Joe Cortez took a spill and hit the
deck but only bruised his ego. Hill pushed forward over
the final round and fought well in close quarters. At
the end both fighters raised their hands in triumph.
Paul Green defeated Kai
Zama by split decision over four junior lightweight
rounds. Green (2-1) landed several straight rights to
the body and a sweeping hook upstairs in an otherwise
cautious first. Zama (5-3) picked up the pace in the
second only to absorb a few left hooks across the chops.
Zama pushed the pace
again in a closely contested third. Green abandoned the
right hand that helped him in the first and fought only
in spurts. Zama outworked Green again in the fourth and
had his best moments when he used his length to keep
Green at distance.
Tatina Anderson and Lissette Medel fought their hearts
out in a four round majority decision draw. Medel
(2-1-1) and Anderson charged each other to open the
first. Anderson (3-1-1) pushed forward and flurried when
she trapped Medel against the ropes.
Medel punched her way
off the ropes firing combinations to the head and body.
The action continued at a frenzied pace in the second.
Anderson was in the middle of flurry when Medel landed a
right that stopped Anderson in her tracks. Anderson got
back on track in the third and took the fight to Medel.
Medel did her best to answer by landing clean rights up
The fourth was a thing
of beauty. Both fighters sat on their punches in a
vicious round that had the crowd on their feet. The
final scores were 39-37 Anderson and 38-38 twice.