The Night of the Long Drawn-Out Affairs

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The Night of the Long Drawn-Out Affairs

by Traolach Kaye © Traolach Kaye (April 12th 2015)
Andy Lee – The Big Winner
Andy Lee maintained his fine recent form by recovering from two heavy early knock-downs to salvage a split draw against much-trumpeted Peter Quillin at the Barclay Centre in Brooklyn NYC on Saturday Night.
Lee, whose career seemed in doubt after being stopped by the ʻSon of the Legendʼ Julio César Chávez Jr in 7 rounds in 2012, had rebuilt slowly with some difficulty and no great fanfare before an explosive stoppage of another son-of-a-legend, John Jackson, landed him a title shot for the vacant WBO title against much fancied Russian, Matt Korobov on December 13th 2014.
Knock-downs
Lee was due to defend the title he won that night by technical knock-out (TKO) in 6 Rounds, but home-town fighter Quillin, boasting a record of 31-0-1 failed to make weight despite two attempts.
Lee, of Limerick, Ireland, was in fact dropped three times in all, but the 2nd of those occurred after the bell to end the first round and was ruled no-knock-down by referee Steve Willis.
Inexplicably, Quillin did not follow up on his advantage and was not encouraged to do so by his corner. Despite this he managed another clear if messy knock-down in the third, a good right landing squarely on Lee’s jaw, but the lead feet of both men tangled simultaneously. Lee protested the knock-down but Willis was right to administer a count.
Final Push?
Quillin remained powerful but laconic throughout, preferring to wait for the easy-to-hit Lee to engage before exploding with his own right hand which could not miss in the early going. Quillinʼs tight-stance and failure to make weight probably contributed to his tiring down the stretch and he walked onto a beautiful fight-changing left-right combination towards the end of the 7th round, depositing him on all fours.
Lee followed up before the bell sounded to end the round. Neither man was in serious difficulty thereafter, and apart from Leeʼs consistent if unspectacular work, the events of most significance late-on were judge Glenn Feldmanʼs awarding of the 10th round to Quillin – Judges Guido Cavalleri and Eric Marlinski both scored it 10-9 for Lee – and trainer Eric Brownʼs half-hearted exhortations of Quillin to pick up the pace. Brown told Quillin going into the 12th that he needed one more round. Lee won it unanimously and with it secured the draw.
Showdowns Beckon
Lee now moves on to a lucrative Summer showdown with ʻdomestic rivalʼ Billy-Joe Saunders, 21-0-0, for the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) title. Expect the taller, more experienced and frankly better Lee to dominate the non-puncher Saunders, despite the latterʼs record of 11 early wins from 21 bouts.
Saunders is best known for his close but clear win over the overrated Chris Eubank Jr. Neither Saunders nor Eubank is in the class of either Quillin or Lee. But neither Lee nor Quillin in turn could hold a candle to current Middleweight #1, Gennady Golovkin.
Hopefuls
The main event featured unpopular re-tread Lamont Peterson dropping a close Majority-Decision to the previously heavily-hyped – although that may now have to be revised – Danny ʻSwiftʼ Garcia. In keeping with the general theme of the recent Al Haymon event on the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) network and also on NBC events, there were no titles at stake.
Peterson, who beat Amir Khan – that was later changed to a no-contest after Peterson failed a drugs test – started slowly but beat the fight out of Garcia down the stretch. Ironically, Garcia, who obliterated Khan in 4 rounds in 2012, resorted to the same tactics which had cost Khan the fight with Peterson, as he shoved and pushed Peterson off him as the fight wore on, a testament to his arm-weariness and lack of faith in his own punching power, as he never remotely bothered Peterson at any point in the fight.
Split Decision
Petersonʼs shuck-and-jive style early on cost him the fight, as Garcia racked up easy rounds despite landing precious little quality punches of his own, with Garciaʼs work to the body the best of a paltry lot.
After the half-way mark, the relatively light-punching Peterson, 17 KOs from 33 wins out-punched Garcia and had Garcia looking for room and space throughout. Garcia, busted up around the eyes and cheekbones, was awarded the fight by scores of 115-112, 115-112 and 113-113.
Options
Ostensibly, Garcia is now having difficulties at the weight and while an additional 7lbs of breathing-space may rejuvenate him somewhat, he seems a long way from the man who out-thought and out-fought Lucas Mathysse a little under two years ago.
Big tests in the shape of Keith Thurman, Kell Brook, Shawn Porter, Chino Maidana and possibly even Amir Khan await Garcia should he decide to make the leap to 147. As for the vanquished Peterson, he remains unpopular due to his failed drugs test in 2012 and can expect to be rolled out as a name-opponent at some point again in the near future, thanks to his impressive showing tonight.

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By Satish Sekar April 28, 2015 11:23
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