Thurman easily puts away Quintana
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 28, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Keith Thurman
Keith Thurman (19-0, 18 KOs) impressively stopped Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KOs) in round four at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California.

Quintana entered the ring confident. In his last encounter, in May of this year, the 36-year-old veteran stopped Deandre Latimore in six heats at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Quintana had been thought of as nothing more than a stepping stone for Latimore. Instead, the wily old pro dismantled Latimore and stopped him.

He probably figured he'd do the same thing to the 24-year-old Thurman.

He figured wrong.

Thurman hits hard. Quintana found that out in the very first round. A southpaw's style (Quintana) can sometimes be a problem for a young boxer. Thurman had been fortunate to spar with Ronald "Winky" Wright during various stages of his career.  Wright gave him a crash course on handling southpaws.

Apparently, Thurman passed with flying colors.

At the bell to begin the contest, Quintana moved and jabbed. Thurman landed a heavy left hook to the body and right hand to the head of Quintana. Later in the round Thurman connected with the left to the liver of Quintana. The former WBO welterweight champion, who holds a win over former champion Paul Williams, went down to his knees. 

Quintana hauled himself up at the count of nine. He used his bicycle to avoid most of Thurman's heavy punches. Thurman continued to do well in round two. His body attack was consistent. A hard left to the side of Quintana body hurt him again. The veteran from Puerto Rico needed to do something to get the respect of his much younger opponent. He tried working the jab, but couldn't land anything substantial.  Thurman stalked in round three and looked for an opening. His power had Quintana constantly on the defensive.

A big right staggered Quintana. Thurman isn't the quickest boxer on the planet, but he makes up for it with raw strength. He wobbled Quintana with a combination of punches to the head and body. Thurman followed his stricken opponent and strafed him with more wicked punches. When another right hand staggered Quintana, referee Jack Reiss jumped in and stopped the fight.
“I’m calling out the entire world of boxing,” said Thurman in the ring immediately after the fight had concluded.

The bout was part of HBO'S Championship Boxing Series.

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