Vivian Harris

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Vivian Harris
Real name Ivan Vivian Harris
Nickname(s) Vicious
Rated at
Nationality Guyanese
Born (1978-06-17) June 17, 1978 (age 38)
Georgetown, Guyana
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 46
Wins 32
Wins by KO 19
Losses 11
Draws 2
No contests 1

Ivan Vivian Harris (born June 17, 1978) is a Guyanese professional boxer who held the WBA super lightweight title from 2002 to 2005.

Amateur career[edit]

After Harris arrived in the U.S., he began his amateur boxing career, racking up 45 wins, 5 losses, and 32 KO's. In 1995, Harris won the Metros championship, and the New York Golden Gloves two years later. Following these successes, Harris turned professional in 1997.

Professional career[edit]

Harris made his professional debut on November 4, 1997 when he fought Levi Long and KO'd him in the first minute of the first round. In December of the same year, Harris defeated Adam Salas, forcing the referee to stop the bout prematurely.

This pattern of aggressive fighting continued for years. Harris won against several competitors, until he faced Ray Oliveira in early 2000. Harris was not able to match Oliveira's overall punch output, and consequently lost a 10-round decision. Later that year, Harris was matched against Ivan Robinson, a fight which many thought he convincingly won. However, due to New Jersey's consensus scoring system, Harris was forced to accept a draw.

WBA light welterweight champion[edit]

On October 19, 2002, Harris defeated Diobelys Hurtado and captured the WBA junior welterweight title. Harris defended his title twice in the next two years against Souleyman Mbaye and Oktay Urkal, respectively.

In 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.

Vivian Harris and Junior Witter met on September 6, 2007 in Doncaster, England, fighting for the WBC light welterweight belt. Witter came out more aggressive than usual, winning the first 6 rounds until knocking Harris out in the 7th with a punishing left hook that caught Harris off-guard. Harris once again fell short of winning a championship, not able to answer the count of 10 in his 2nd straight title fight.

Vivian Harris and Mexican Noe Bolanos met on August 14, 2009 in Tucson, Arizona in the main event of ESPN's Friday Night Fights. In Round 2, Harris and Bolanos collided heads. Harris stumbled towards his corner and collapsed while the ringside doctor was talking with him. Harris appeared to be conscious but not entirely alert. He left the ring on a stretcher, was allowed to briefly walk around the fighter area, and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. The referee stopped the fight officially at 40 seconds of Round 2, declaring the match a No Contest.[1] Six months later he fought against Lucas Martin Matthysse, which he lost by a controversial fourth-round TKO.[2] In his next fight on the undercard of Mora vs. Mosley against futurewelterweight champion Victor Ortiz, Harris was dropped three times in round two, and was dropped a fourth time in the third round for a KO loss to Ortiz.[3]

Returning in 2011 against welterweight Jesse Vargas, Harris was severely battered in the first, appearing unprepared for the bout, defenseless, and without skills or stamina, and gave up at the end of the round, virtually ending his career with his third consecutive KO loss.[4] It turns out Vivian had only two weeks notice for this fight and had to drop several pounds in a short time, including two pounds the day of the fight itself. This drained him and caused his performance to suffer.

Vivian fought again in July 2011 against Lanardo Tyner, losing a controversial unanimous decision to him. Harris and several ringside reporters felt he won the fight.

Outside of boxing[edit]

In 2009, Harris became the subject of an upcoming television reality series produced by John Edmonds Kozma (producer of Nick Cassavetes' Kentucky Rhapsody") and shot by filmmaker Richard O'Sullivan.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
46 fights 32 wins 11 losses
By knockout 19 9
By decision 13 2
Draws 2
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
46 Loss 32–11–2 (1) Prichard Colón KO 4 (6), 1:03 Sep 11, 2015 Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
45 Loss 32–10–2 (1) Ramón Álvarez KO 7 (12), 0:44 Nov 29, 2014 Modulo Comude, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico For vacant IBF North American junior middleweight title
44 Win 32–9–2 (1) Jorge Páez Jr. SD 10 Mar 22, 2014 Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
43 Win 31–9–2 (1) Danny O'Connor SD 10 Oct 12, 2013 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
42 Win 30–9–2 (1) Shakha Moore UD 8 Mar 16, 2013 Tsongas Center, Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
41 Loss 29–9–2 (1) Brian Rose KO 3 (10), 1:48 Oct 5, 2012 Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England
40 Loss 29–8–2 (1) Ed Paredes TKO 10 (10), 2:21 Jul 21, 2012 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S. For vacant WBA–NABA interim welterweight title
39 Draw 29–7–2 (1) David Barnes TD 5 (8) Mar 11, 2012 De Vere Whites Hotel, Bolton, England Points TD after Barnes sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
38 Loss 29–7–1 (1) Lanardo Tyner UD 10 Jul 15, 2011 Club Chicago, Burbank, Illinois, U.S. For vacant USBO welterweight title
37 Loss 29–6–1 (1) Jessie Vargas RTD 1 (10), 3:00 Apr 8, 2011 Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.
36 Loss 29–5–1 (1) Victor Ortiz KO 3 (10), 0:45 Sep 18, 2010 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
35 Loss 29–4–1 (1) Lucas Matthysse TKO 4 (10), 2:44 Feb 20, 2010 El Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
34 NC 29–3–1 (1) Noe Bolanos NC 2 (10), 0:40 Aug 14, 2009 Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S. NC after Harris was unable to continue from an accidental head clash
33 Win 29–3–1 Octavio Narvaez TKO 6 (10), 0:48 Oct 29, 2008 Medieval Times, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, U.S.
32 Loss 28–3–1 Junior Witter KO 7 (12), 1:00 Sep 7, 2007 The Dome Leisure Centre, Doncaster, England For WBC light welterweight title
31 Win 28–2–1 Juan Lazcano UD 12 Feb 10, 2007 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
30 Win 27–2–1 Stevie Johnston TKO 7 (10), 2:15 Jul 29, 2006 Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.
29 Win 26–2–1 Marteze Logan UD 10 Jan 20, 2006 Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
28 Loss 25–2–1 Carlos Maussa KO 7 (12), 0:43 Jun 25, 2005 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Lost WBA light welterweight title
27 Win 25–1–1 Oktay Urkal TKO 11 (12), 0:56 Oct 23, 2004 Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany Retained WBA light welterweight title
26 Win 24–1–1 Oktay Urkal MD 12 Apr 17, 2004 Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany Retained WBA light welterweight title
25 Win 23–1–1 Souleymane M'baye UD 12 Jul 12, 2003 The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA light welterweight title
24 Win 22–1–1 Diosbelys Hurtado TKO 2 (12), 0:43 Oct 19, 2002 Reliant Park and Astrodomain, Houston, Texas, U.S. Won WBA and IBA light welterweight titles
23 Win 21–1–1 Ubaldo Hernandez UD 12 Jul 16, 2002 Memorial Civic Center, Canton, Ohio, U.S. Retained IBA Continental light welterweight title
22 Win 20–1–1 Michael Clark UD 12 Feb 22, 2002 Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio, U.S. Won vacant IBA Continental light welterweight title
21 Win 19–1–1 Jose Luis Juarez SD 10 Sep 22, 2001 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
20 Win 18–1–1 Golden Johnson KO 3 (10), 2:04 Jun 15, 2001 The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
19 Win 17–1–1 Hector Arroyo TKO 1 (6), 2:06 May 19, 2001 Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
18 Draw 16–1–1 Ivan Robinson PTS 10 Aug 11, 2000 Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. UD scorecards for Harris, ruled a draw by the NJSACB due to consensus rules scoring
17 Loss 16–1 Ray Oliveira UD 10 Feb 25, 2000 Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Gairy St. Clair UD 10 Dec 10, 1999 The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Isander Lacen TKO 6, 3:00 Aug 27, 1999 William B. Bell Auditorium, Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Damian Brazoban UD 8 Jun 19, 1999 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Hector Arroyo RTD 2 (6), 3:00 Apr 16, 1999 Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Jerry Smith KO 1 (4), 2:17 Feb 20, 1999 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Shawn Brown TKO 6 (8), 1:32 Dec 12, 1998 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Eldon Sneed TKO 1 (8), 1:38 Nov 13, 1998 Mahi Shriner Auditorium, Miami, Florida, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Theon Holland TKO 3 Oct 15, 1998 Hilton, Washington, D.C., U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Michael Moss TKO 1 (4), 2:51 Aug 18, 1998 Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Hector Cabrera KO 1 (4), 0:56 Jul 21, 1998 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Michael Lopez TKO 2 (6), 0:37 Apr 14, 1998 Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Carlos Horacio Nevarez KO 1 (4), 2:59 Apr 14, 1998 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Garland Johnson UD 4 Mar 10, 1998 National Guard Armory, Pikesville, Maryland, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Ahmed Lamb KO 1 Jan 17, 1998 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Adam Salas TKO 4 (4) Dec 18, 1997 Holiday Inn International Airport, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Leviticus Long KO 1 (4) Nov 4, 1997 Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S. Professional debut


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  2. ^ "Dan Rafael Blog- ESPN". Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Sports News & latest headlines from AOL". Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Friday Scorecard: Vargas, Stevenson and Usmanee win big! » Boxing News". 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 

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Sporting positions
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Diosbelys Hurtado
IBA light welterweight champion
October 19, 2002 – July 2003
Title next held by
Alex Trujillo
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Diosbelys Hurtado
WBA light welterweight champion
October 19 2002 – June 25, 2005
Regular title until March 16, 2004
Succeeded by
Carlos Maussa