Lightweight contender Petr Petrov recorded arguably the best win of his career Friday night in Las Vegas, when he stopped tough, veteran journeyman Marvin Quintero in six rounds. Petrov used an accurate right hand to close up Quintero’s left eye and ultimately render him unable to continue.
A Russian native who moved to Spain as a teenager, Petrov is a veteran contender who has been patiently grinding away for years now. He turned professional in November 2000, still four months shy of 18. He lost to Marcos Maidana at super lightweight in September 2011, but that was a bad matchup for Petrov. Maidana has been a world champion at welterweight and is a far bigger fighter than Petrov, with much heavier hands.
My guess would be that Petrov rolled the dice and took a dangerous fight like that in a desperate attempt to force his name into the conversation.
The only fight Petr Petrov has lost since 2007 in his true weightclass of 135 pounds was a competitive unanimous decision in April 2013 to Dejan Zlaticanin, an undefeated fighter ranked No. 2 in the division by The Ring and No. 1 by the Transnational Ranking Board.
Petrov is the kind of tough and experienced fighter that rising contenders often shy away from. That makes it a bit tough for him to get the sort of fights that would really put him in the spotlight. He did gain some traction when he won ESPN’s Boxcino tournament in 2014.
At this point, he should be viewed as a worthy challenger for at least one of the alphabet-soup titles. A very good matchup for him might be WBA champion Anthony Crolla, who himself recorded an exciting knockout victory over the weekend when he defended his title in England against Ismael Barroso. After losing five of the first six rounds on two cards and four of six on the third, Crolla caught up to the challenger and stopped him in Round 7.
An English champion and Spanish challenger would make for a terrific matchup in a venue like Monte Carlo.