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Harrison passed the test in stopping Primera

Detroit middleweight prospect Tony Harrison was able to do what very few fighters have done when he stopped the usually durable veteran Marcos Primera (20-28-2, 13 KOs) this past Friday. Primera – due to injuries to his right shoulder and left eye – was unable to answer the bell for the third round. It had been over 7 1/2 years and 22-fights since the grizzled warrior Primera was stopped inside the distance. Since that stoppage back in February 2005, Primera has gone the distance with contenders Matt Korobov, Jesus Gonzalez and former champion Austin Trout. In fact, Primera holds a stoppage victory over top middleweight contender Curtis Stevens (July 2006) and Stevens is fighting WBA/IBO champion Gennady Golovkin this November. “I was surprised as anyone that Primera did not go the distance,” stated matchmaker Carlos Llinas. “He gets hit and he hits back. I was in the corner when he TKO’ed (Curtis) Stevens and I know Marcos comes to win, not just to survive. I have contracted him 7 or 8 times and none of the times that he fought for me was he stopped.” *Stevens won a decision over Primera during their rematch four months later. The veteran of fifty bouts has only been stopped five times over his 17-year career. Congrats to Harrison and to the fortitude of Primera.

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