Quigley defends VA State Title; Harvell rebounds against Perez

Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Gerome Quigley had an easy time defending his Virginia State welterweight title after delivering a fourth-round knockout against overmatched Benjamin Olinga Saturday night at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, Virginia.

Quigley (8-0, 7ko’s) used his jab to start things off, and had some issues trying to deliver his right hand. After picking up the action in the second round, and finally the third round, Quigley found his timing. In the fourth, Quigley landed several bruising rights and lefts that pushed back Olinga, forcing him to slump over in a neutral corner. After his mouthpiece fell out, referee Freddy Corritone issued a standing eight count, which was the correct call, since the ropes held Olinga up.

Seconds later, Quigley landed two crushing right uppercuts that dropped Olinga ending the bout at 2:40. The 31-year-old native of Cameroon fell to 1-10.

In the co-main event, Brandon Quarles made quick work of his opponent, stopping Albuquerque, NM veteran Jose Felix at 1:45 of the first stanza. Midway through the round, Quarles dropped Felix with a spot on right hand to the face. As Felix tried to regroup, Quarles jumped back on him, landing punches, as referee Malik Waleed stopped the contest. It was the third straight KO for Quarles and pushed his record to 16-3-1, with 8 ko’s.

Felix fell to 11-18-2 with four KO’s stated he would retire after the bout.

In other action, Bridgetown, Barbados super lightweight Cobia “The Soldier” Breedy made short work of Trevon Blizzard of Wilson, NC.  Breedy knocked Blizzard down with head and body shots and the bout was stopped at 30 seconds. Breedy is now 3-0, two KO’s while Blizzard is now 0-4 and has yet to get out of the first round during his career.

Zarifbek Nishanbaev, scored the TKO Network KO of the night when he floored Norman Allen (6-15, 3 ko’s) with combos and then once he trapped him against the ropes, he landed massive power shots. After flooring Allen, who got up, with a gorgeous straight right hand early on in the second round, Nishanbaev landed a gorgeous counter right hand that sent Allen crashing to the canvas. Referre Joe Cooper quickly called a halt to the action at 44 seconds. Nishanbaev is now 2-0, two KO’s.

Debuting Rockville, MD super middleweight Francisco Bustos who was making his pro debut finished off a debuting Kashane Sanders at 1:06 of the first round.

Brian Mendoza scored a third-round TKO over Dontre King, who fell to 7-18-2. Mendoza improved to 6-0 with 4ko’s.

Eric Govan also scored a quick KO – this one was a second-round TKO at 2:45 of the contest over a debuting Kevin Miller, who looked very unprepared and not ready for his pro debut. Govan moved his mark to 3-1.

In a rematch, Atlantic City native Lavarn Harvell avenged his only pro loss of his care with a four-round unanimous decision over Edgar Perez. Harvell (14-1, 7ko’s) had almost a year layoff but woke up in the second second round.

In the third round, Harvell started to land solid body shots that brought Perez’s hands down.  Harvell dropped Perez with a right hand to the face midway through the third round and went on to the victory.

Harvell won the bout by scores of 40-35 and 39-36 (twice), while Perez falls to 6-15, three KO’s.

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