Vivian Harris Speaker Profile
Guyanese Professional Boxer
Vivian Harris Biography
Vivian Harris was born in Guyana on June 17, 1978, and lived there until the age of 16 when his family moved to Brooklyn, NY. Harris began boxing at the age of 12 after being challenged by a schoolmate. Instantly, he developed a passion for boxing, spending much of his free time at the gym. His devotion paid dividends immediately, as he seized the Guyana junior championships three times from 1991-1993, and then was selected as Guyana's #1 amateur boxer in 1993. In 1994, after moving to New York, Harris tested his technical skills against American boxers.
Harris excelled in U.S. amateur competition, compiling a record of 45-5 with 32 KO's. In 1995, he captured the Metros championship, while in 1997 he won the New York Golden Gloves. Late in 1997 he turned pro.
In his professional debut on November 4, 1997, Harris exterminated Levi Long just one minute into round one (KO 1). Long, unable to repel Harris' blinding fury, sagged
On December 18, 1997, Adam Salas managed to escape Harris' onslaught for three rounds; however, in round four Vivian landed a series of bombs, buckling the legs of Salas and forcing him to accept an eight-count. Moments later Salas received several more ripping blows, forcing the referee to halt the bout approximately
Harris captured his second first-round knockout on January 17, 1998, when he annihilated Ahmed Lamb, flooring Lamb with a series of combinations that were introduced by a starching left hook. Lamb crashed to the canvas and was unable to
On April 14, 1998, Harris shocked ringside sportswriters with his blazing extermination of Carlos Navarez. A crushing overhand right and a punishing left hook throttled Navarez early in round one and signaled the beginning of the end for the Latin challenger. Harris followed the stunning combinations with a vicious left hook that sent Navarez sprawling onto the canvas, unable to rise (KO 1).
Less than two months later, on June 7, 1998, Harris bombed Michael Lopez in two rounds (TKO 2). An overhand right sent Lopez sprawling onto his back, forcing the
Hector Cabrera met a similar fate on July 21, 1998, twice crashing to the canvas early in round one. A scintillating overhand right sent Cabrera onto his back for the first time. He managed to rise to his feet, but only to be dropped again by a left hook that nearly lifted him off of the canvas (TKO 1).
On August 18, 1998, Harris floored Michael Moss three times in round one to capture his fifth first round knockout (TKO 1).
Harris continued his assault on the lightweight division on October 15, 1998, in Washington, DC, dropping Theon Holland four times en-route to a spectacular third
Less than a month later, on November 13, 1998, Harris broke Eldon Sneed's nose less than a minute into the opening round on his way to capturing a first round knockout (TKO 1). A series of combinations leveled Sneed early in round one. Sneed gamefully rose to his feet, but only to be flattened again by a vicious combination. Following the second knockdown the referee didn't even bother to count out Sneed.
On December 12, 1998, Harris bombed Shawn Brown with jolting combinations, dropping the 8-1 challenger three times on his way to seizing a sixth round knockout (TKO 6). Thundering body punches from Harris in rounds three and four debilitated Brown, leaving him a stationary target for Harris' strafing attack.
On February 20, 1999, Harris mauled Jerry Smith, flooring the overmatched challenger three times in round one (TKO 1). The final knockdown, courtesy of a left hook/straight overhand right combination, forced the referee to halt the bout while Smith still lay on the canvas. The knockout was the seventh first-round knockout of
Two months later on April 16, 1999, Harris annihilated Hector Arroyo, Puerto Rico's 1988 Olympic representative in Seoul, Korea (TKO 3). Harris dropped Arroyo in round two with a blistering counter overhand right. Arroyo survived the round, but
On June 19, 1999, Harris pitched a shutout over Damian Brazoban, capturing every round on all three judges' scorecards to capture a unanimous decision (W 8). Brazoban employed a safety first strategy, retreating around the ring in an attempt to avoid Harris' lethal attack. The bout was the first in which Harris fought a
On August 27, 1999, in Augusta, GA, Harris bombarded Isander Lacen with right hands, shutting Lacen's left eye in round five, and forcing him to retire on his stool prior to round six (TKO 6). A continuous barrage of jolting counter-rights stung Lacen throughout the bout, hurting the overmatched challenger late in round two and forcing him to accept an eight-count in round four. The knockout was the 13th of Harris' young career, while the bout itself was Harris' first at junior welterweight.
On December 10, 1999, Harris dominated Gary St. Clair to capture a unanimous decision (W 10). Harris tagged the tough, relentless St. Clair repeatedly throughout the bout with stiff left jabs and stinging right uppercuts to win by the lopsided
On February 25, 2000, Vivian Harris suffered the first loss of his career, losing a 10 round decision to New England native Ray Oliveira in OliveiraÌs backyard of Cranston, RI (L 10). Harris traded bombs with Oliveira throughout the bout, even hurting the 45 bout veteran late in round five, but was unable to match OliveiraÌs
On August 11, 2000, Harris dominated Ivan Robinson, winning on all three judges scorecards, but was forced to accept a draw because of New JerseyÌs consensus scoring system (D 10). Although Harris led by the scores of 95-94, 95-93, and 96-93, the consensus scoring system added up to a 94-94 draw. Most ringside observers believed that Harris won the bout. ESPN2Ìs ÏFriday Night FightsÓ color commentator Teddy Atlas scored the bout in favor of Harris by the wide margin of
Harris returned to the ring on May 19, 2001, stopping Hector Arroyo in one round (TKO 1). Harris twice dropped Arroyo, forcing the referee to halt the bout at the 2:06 mark of the opening round. The bout was HarrisÌ first since recovering from a
On June 15, 2001, Harris stopped NABF welterweight champion Golden Johnson in three rounds (KO 3). With approximately one minute remaining in round three, Harris landed a left/right combination that immediately shut JohnsonÌs right eye and sent him to one knee where he was counted out. Johnson argued that he had
On September 22, 2001, Harris earned a split-decision victory over Jose Juarez by the scores 97-92, 95-94, and 94-95 (W 10). Harris shook off a fourth round knockdown and outworked Juarez in the second half of the bout to wrest the victory
On February 22, 2002, Harris captured his first professional title when he floored Michael Clarke four times to earn the IBA Continental Americas junior welterweight title (W 12). Harris dominated the bout from the opening bell, dropping Clarke to the canvas twice in round one, once in round two, and then a fourth and final time in
On July 16, 2002, Harris dominated Ubaldo Hernandez to capture a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 118-109 (three times). The bout was
On October 19, 2002, Harris annihilated Diobelys Hurtado in two rounds to capture the WBA jr. welterweight crown (TKO 2). In round one a devastating overhand right followed by a left hook rocked Hurtado and nearly sent him to the canvas. In round two Harris sent Hurtado to the canvas courtesy of another overhand right. Hurtado climbed to his feet, but was unable to continue.
On July 12, 2003, Harris successfully defended his WBA crown by dominating WBA #1 ranked contender Souleyman Mbaye to earn a unanimous decision victory by the scores of 117-110, 116-111, 116-111 (W 12).
In his bout April 17, 2004, Harris successfully defended his WBA crown by beating contender Oktay Urkal in Berlin, Germany to earn a unanimous decision victory by the scores of 114-112, 114-112, 113-113 Harris knocked Urkal down in round three
On October 23, 2004, Harris successfully defended his WBA crown in a rematch against Oktay Urkal in Berlin, Germany. This time Harris would not allow the bout to go to a decision, and ended the fight with an 11th rd TKO victory
June 2005 Harris was set to fight Colombian boxer Carlos Maussa as a part of the Thunder and Lighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. v. Arturo Gatti pay-per-view. Harris started the fight aggressively, and hurt Maussa in the first round. He continued to apply pressure, gunning for a knockout. However Maussa survived, and started to get stronger as the fight went on.
At this point, Harris grew visibly tired as he desperately tried to score a knockout. However, in the seventh round, Maussa caught Harris with a left hook that sent Harris to the canvas. As the referee began counting, Maussa delivered another punch to Harris as he was down, although Harris was already hurt by the first blow, and the subsequent late punch did not land cleanly. Harris failed to answer the 10-count and the bout was scored as a knockout for Maussa
Suffering a loss to Maussa on the grand stage had most analysts ready to count Harris out, but in true championship fashion Harris made his comeback with back to back wins over Marteze Logan and Stevie Johnston,“
On February 10, 2007 Harris fought Hall of fame fighter Juan Lazcano for the WBC Jr welterweight eliminator this fight determined who would fight for the WBC Jr welterweight crown. Harris put forth an absolute clinic winning the fight unanimously in a 10rd decision.
September 7, 2007 Harris fought Junior The Hitter Witter for the vacant WBC Jr welterweight crown. Burdened by much "controversy" throughout Harris' "team", Harris' performance suffered drastically and resulted in a KO victory for Witter. Since then Harris had made his way back into the ring 7 times recording only one actual victory while having many controversial losses added to his resume. Harris' record currently stands at 29(19ko's)-9(7ko's)-2 as he contemplates retirement.
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