Carlos Quintana and Deandre Latimore kicked off the action for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto HBO pay-per-view broadcast. Latimore came out looking to throw with power while Quintana looked to move laterally and pop of the jab and straight left hand.
Quintana spent the first round alternating between moments of pressure but then going back to circling on the outside and somewhat giving away the opening frame. Quintana picked up his workrate a bit in the second round, picking spots to engage while Latimore tried to swing heavier blows. Latimore was cut in the second round, however, right along the eyelid area, establishing a target for Quintana to aim for going forward. Replays did show the cut came from a headbutt, rather than a punch.
Round three saw Latimore unable to deal with the offense of Quintana. Quintana was able to land hard shots through the guard of Latimore, outworking him and seeming to baffle him more with every moment. Latimore was implored to do more between rounds and did step it up a touch in the fourth.
The pace picked up in the fifth with Quintana doing good work early before Latimore landed a sharp hook that backed Carlos off. Seconds later Quintana started pouring on power punches and Deandre was forced to clinch.
In round six, Latimore was getting pounded with huge shots from Quintana and, with his eyes clearly unfocused from the damage, ate a straight left to the jaw and dropped to the mat.
It was a minor upset at the Vegas books, who had Latimore a slight favorite, but one that many writers (yours truly included) saw coming.