On Tuesday, we delivered a pair of tough-as-nails 126-pounders throwing punches in bunches. Today, it’s two 160-pounders throwing bombs with bad intentions.
Whereas Round 2 in this installment was a celebration of superhuman punching volume displayed by Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares, Round 3 tells the story of raw punching power, with Andy Lee and Peter Quillin serving as heavy-handed co-narrators during their April 11 clash in Brooklyn, New York.
You can probably count on both hands how many shots Lee and Quillin fired in the first 50 seconds of this round. But in the ensuing half-minute, both fighters got in plenty of monumental punches.
Lee connected first with a big left hook followed by a short right hand, but Quillin regained his composure and fired a swift, straight right that dropped the Irishman to the canvas (albeit somewhat controversially as Quillin stepped on the southpaw’s right foot as he delivered the blow).
In the final minute, the two continued to forsake quantity for quality, with both landing additional big power shots. It would turn out to be the theme of this 12-round brawl, which ended with three knockdowns and in a split draw.