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Quillin – Lee Battle to a Draw in Brooklyn

By Jason Pribila: It turns out that the ten ounces that Peter Quillin was unable to lose on Friday did not cost him the chance to win Andy Lee’s middleweight title after all. Being unable to build on the momentum of scoring two early knockdowns on Saturday night did.


The fighters met on Saturday Night on the second edition of the Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. The fight was no longer a title fight due to Quillin’s inability to make weight, but the fight was still important for both fighters who want to continue to move up the middleweight ranks.


If the fighters past told us anything, it was that Quillin had a history of starting fast, unlike Lee who needed dramatic knockouts in his previous two fights to rescue him from slow starts. On this night, many figured Quillin would try to start early; being unsure of his battle with the scale would cost him late.


True to form, Quillin punctuated a slow first round by flooring Lee at the end of the opening frame. Lee was rocked and desperately needed the minute between rounds to relocate his temporarily lost legs. Lee made it thru a rough second round, and seemed to have steadied himself in the third. In that round, Lee was finding his range before hitting the canvas for the second time. Replays showed that Lee went down due to his foot being stepped on, but it still cost him a point on the widening judges’ cards.


As round seven began, Hall of Famer “Sugar” Ray Leonard reminded the audience that in Lee’s two losses he had been knocked out in that very round. On cue, Lee landed his dangerous right cross that resulted in Quillin being issued a count for the first time in his career.


Each fighter stalked the other during the last third of the fight. There were lulls in the action as the fighters cautiously tried to set traps for the other. Lee had made the fight close on the judges’ cards by being busier, and landing more often.


Quillin seemed to stop the scoring drought in the tenth round when he again began to throw and land punches.


Once again the eleventh round in a close fight proved to be a disappointment. It is amazing to see how many fighters take off that critical round in order to have a little extra in the final frame. Why not step on the gas in the eleventh, win the round, and put the pressure on your opponent in the final round.


Both fighters had their moments in the final round, with Lee landing the last scoring blow before the final bell. The fight had ended, and most felt that Quillin had done enough to win a close fight.


It turned out that the judges saw it even closer. Each fighter was victorious by a score of 113-112 on one card, but the third score of 113-113 made the bout a split draw.


On this rare occasion, the verdict of a Draw should satisfy both fighters. Quillin remains undefeated. His battle with the scale cost him some money, but he is the fighter who is represented by Al Haymon. I’d venture to guess that Big Al won’t hold those ten ounces against him. As for Andy Lee, he fought back after suffering two knockdowns against a house fighter in his opponent’s home town. He remains in the picture for a big fight at middleweight, and his political ties won’t prevent him from facing off against either Miguel Cotto or Gennady Golovkin.


Jason Pribila is a full voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He could be reached for questions or comments at or followed on @PribsBoxing.


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