By Derek Gionta, ringside: Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin, 31-0 (22), of Brooklyn, NY successfully defended his WBO Middleweight title on Showtime Championship Boxing from the DC Armory in Washington, DC Saturday April 19th against Lukas Konecny, 50-5 (23), of Usti, CZ.
Quillin handily won every round and came out unanimous as the judges awarded him scores of 120-108 x 2 and 119-109.
Quillin was the busier fighter in the opening round, while Konecny dipped his head down and continued forward with minimal offense. Quillin remained patient and picked his shots, most notably a couple right uppercuts.
The second round was much of the same in the early stages of the round, with Quillin putting together his combos. Konecny was a bit busier behind his steady pressure. Quillin punctuated the round with two good body shots.
Both fighters picked up the pace in the third, with Quillin the busier of the two. Konecny landed some good shots of his own with Quillin’s back against the ropes.
Action picked up in the fourth as Quillin landed some good body shots and putting nice combos together. Konecny picked it up as well but wasn’t active enough to steal the round.
In the fifth, Quillin boxed well in the center of the ring, landing consistent right hands to the head of Konecny and right uppercuts to the chin. Konecny continued to pressure Quillin into the ropes, landing some good shots but not enough to win the round.
The best action of the fight took place late in the sixth as both traded heavy shots, Quillin seemingly on the better end as the round concluded.
It looked to be a clean shutout at the fight’s midpoint while Konecny looked to have plan A still intact.
Quillin had a very good eighth round, picking his shots, and drawing blood from the nose of Konecny. Konecny showed heart and a sturdy chin as he continued forward, but more so in neutral gear by this point.
The crowd in the nation’s capitol was looking for the exclamation mark from the undefeated middleweight champ as opposed to the systematic breakdown he delivered to this point, and began booing mid-way through the 10th.
As the 11th round ended, Quillin climbed the ropes assuming the fight was over while the crowd cheered knowing it would soon be.
Jimmy Lennon Jr. announced Quillin the winner, the crowd booed from boredom.
Quillin commented after the fight, "I’m ready for any of the top guys. It can happen with Al Haymon in my corner."
Quillin has more to prove but looks like he will soon get that chance against a top-tier middleweight in the near future.
April 19, 2014