It was all power punches all the time Saturday night as Andy Lee and Peter Quillin fought to a split-decision draw at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in a fight where the momentum was like a pendulum swinging back and forth between the fighters.
Neither fighter relied on his jab or worked the body much, preferring instead to load up and hurl bombs at one another with teeth-rattling intent.
Peter Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) built a solid lead early by knocking Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) down in the first, controlling the action from the center of the ring, walking Lee down and firing off precision punches.
The action heated up in Round 3, with Quillin scoring another knockdown—which Lee protested, believing it was a slip.
The knockdown seemed to invigorate Lee, who then pressed the action, engaging Quillin with a flurry of wild, go-for-broke punches.
After a couple of tentative rounds in which both Lee and Quillin seemed to be looking to land one big shot, the fight exploded back to life in the seventh when Lee sent Quillin to the canvas with a straight left followed by a hard right to the jaw. It was the first knockdown of Quillin’s career.
Lee, who came from behind to knock out his two previous opponents, once again threatened to rally.
As the fight entered the homestretch, Quillin picked his spots while Lee attempted to dictate the pace to mixed success.
It was close all the way to the end, which Quillin’s corner seemed to recognize prior to the final stanza.
“I need it this round!” Quillin’s trainer, Eric Brown, bellowed at his fighter. “I need this round big time!”
Quillin would in fact win the 12th round on all three judges’ scorecards, but it wouldn’t be enough to result in a victory—for either fighter.
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