Saul Sanchez Stuns Quinn In Friday ShoBox Main Event
Friday night in Oklahoma, veteran WBA Bantamweight contender Saul Sanchez pulled a quick upset of previously unbeaten Ja’Rico Quinn knocking him out in just one round in the Showtime “ShoBox” main event in Oklahoma.
Sanchez, now 17-1, jumped all over the Detroit native Quinn, now 14-1-1, who hadn’t fought since pre-Covid 19 pandemic in January 2020,
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Sanchez dropped Quinn with a hard left on the chin just :55 into their scheduled 10 rounder. Wobbly, Quinn took the mandatory 8 count, but could only clutch Sanchez while trying to recover. Then, the Pacomia, CA-native Sanchez scored his second knockdown with a right to the side of the head.
Quinn got up again, but the fight appeared to be all but over. Sanchez landed a flurry of rights and lefts trapping Quinn and the final blow dropped him on the bottom rope apron in a corner, as the referee waved the fight off at 1:58 of the first.
“I just stayed calm and knew I had to work behind my jab but then I surprised him with my left hook and I saw that he got dropped and was hurt,” exclaimed the excited young prospect Sanchez to Showtime in the ring. “That’s when I finished him. Honestly, I never envisioned the knockout that early. In the later rounds, yes. But not that early.
“This moment feels amazing. I made a big statement. He was undefeated and I was on the ‘B’ side. And now I move onto bigger and better things. I will fight anyone right now and I am going to work my way up to a world title. I want to fight again this year. I know I gained a few more fans tonight.”
In a battle of unbeaten prospects in the co-main event in the prospect series card, Luis Nunez (12-0, 8 KOs) of the Dominican Republic made a statement in his U.S. debut by upsetting previously unbeaten Cincinnati’s Jayvon Garnett (10-1, 5 KOs) via unanimous decision in their 10 round Featherweight bout. Nunez was faster and much more active, as the judges saw the fight a shutout with three identical scorecards of 100-90.