Harris’ career takes a hit

By Tom Donelson, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 18, 2009

IOWA CITY (BASN) — In the opening three bouts of “Friday Night Fights”, undefeated prospects stayed perfect by kicking the snot of the tomato cans they were facing.

Keith Thurman overwhelmed Travis Hartman in a welterweight fight whereas undefeated Heavyweights Seth Mitchell ended Andrae Carthron night in one round and Deontay Wilder slaughtered Travis Allen in less than 1 minute and half.

There was nothing proven in any of these fights other than young prospect can defeat less talented challenger. ESPN’s Ted Atlas made the observation that these fighters were the equivalent of an Ivy League graduate leaving their university and play with crayons.

In particular, Wilder’s career is moving at a snail piece.

Yes, Wilder has won all of his fight by knockout but he also shown little progress. Against Allen, he looked awkward as he rarely jabbed or even try to throw combination. He threw right hands after right hands but against more quality candidate, this strategy will be easily exposed.

The main events featured Vivian Harris versus Mexico fighter Noe Bolanos. Harris was hoping to regain some of his former glory and get back into the junior Welterweight title search but on this night fate intervened in a cruel way.

The first round saw Harris moving and boxing, out maneuvering his opponent but near the end of the round Bolanos nailed Harris with some solid body shots. In the second round, both men butted each other, Harris staggered back and as he hit his corner, he collapsed.

Harris had to taken out on a stretcher and while some in the Bolanos camp felt that he quit, but indeed Harris was definitely hurt.

For Harris, his comeback has been stalled but the junior Welterweight is a division where young hungry fighters inhabit the division but with the exception of Manny Pacquiao or Ricky Hatton, there are no big names or big fights, yet.

As for Manny, he is looking for big money fights and has no desire to stay in the division for long and Hatton’s recent defeat may not have hurt his fan appeal but he may be on the down side of his career.

Harris views this division as one waiting to be taken but his recent no-contest against Bolanos has put his career on hold.