By Rey Colon
Ponce, Puerto Rico - Former WBO welterweight champion, Carlos "El Indio" Quintana (28-3, 22KOs), successfully returned to the ring by securing an impressive win in the headline bout of the event called 'Night of Champions." Quintana stopped Yorgi Estrella at 38-seconds into the ninth round when referee Luis Pabon had seen enough and stopped the punishment.
Quintana, who had not fought since losing to the WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto in April of last year, reappeared this time as a junior middleweight. He hopes to stay at 154-pounds for a while before going up to 160.
Quintana was able to connect well in the first but the Dominican boxer absorbed the punishment and tried to press the action in the second. Quintana countered back and remained in full control. In the eight round, Estrella displayed signs of being seriously injured setting the stage for the end in ninth.
Jonathan Gonzalez, Luis Orlando Del Valle and Thomas Dulorme successfully defended their unbeaten records with big knockout victories.
Gonzalez, a junior middleweight, raised his record to 12-0 with 12 kncokouts by stopping Chad Greenleaf at 2:49 of the first round when referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight. Greenleaf's record fell to 13-8-1.
Dulorme, a welterweight, finished with Jorge Delgado at 49 seconds of the second round. 'The French' raised his record to 9-0 with eight knockouts.
On the other hand, Del Valle scored a knockout at 2:49 of the sixth round over Irvin Hernandez when the referee stopped the featherweight match after Hernandez was sent to the canvas with a quick combination. Del Valle improved his record to 12-0 with 10 knockouts and Hernandez dropped to 2-4-1 and one knockout.
Former Olympian Jose Pedraza successfully debuted in the professional ranks by knocking out Felix Manuel Rivera in a lightweight clash. Pedraza is promoted by Lou DiBella, Univesal Promotions and Gary Shaw. Pedraza gave a solid sample of fine boxing, and punching, while throwing combinations that sent his opponent to canvas, and body shots that put his foe down to force the referee's stoppage at 1:24 of the first round as the local crowd went wild.
Fernando Torres avenged the only defeat of his pro career when he stopped Carlos Claudio by way of technical knockout at 1:47 of the seventh round. Referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight to prevent Claudio from taking further punishment.
Torres improved his record to 17-1 with 10 knockouts, while Claudio dropped to 10-6-3 and 3 knockouts.
In other fights on undercard, Josean Serra remained unbeaten in five starts and three knockouts by stopping Eilezer Torres at 2:01 of the third round.
Miguel Marrero, meanwhile, won by unanimous decision with scores of 40-36 over Ramon Bayala, and improved his record to 2-0.
Carlos Narvaez, got his second win by stopping Reinaldo Cintron when the latter was unable to continue fighting after dislocating his left shoulder. The fight was stopped at 1:42 of the first round.
Alex Cintron lost a unanimous decision to Javier Perez, who improved his record to 8-4 with five knockouts.
Jorge Melendez, meanwhile, stopped Christopher Henry of Barbados in two rounds. Henry fell to 24-22 and Melendez increased his record to 16-2-1, with 16 knockouts.
Tags: Jose Pedraza , Carlos Quintana