|Real name||Ivan Vivian Harris|
June 17, 1978 |
|Wins by KO||19|
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.
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
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. Six months later he fought against Lucas Martin Matthysse, which he lost by a controversial fourth-round TKO. 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.
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. 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
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|46 fights||32 wins||11 losses|
|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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|Minor world boxing titles|
|IBA light welterweight champion
October 19, 2002 – July 2003
Title next held byAlex Trujillo
|Major world boxing titles|
|WBA light welterweight champion
October 19 2002 – June 25, 2005
Regular title until March 16, 2004