The fight, which was originally for Lee’s WBO World middleweight title, was at the last minute deemed a non-title bout after Quillin was unable to make the 160-pound middleweight limit.
Quillin was in control for the first half of the bout, dropping Lee once in the first round and again in the third. But Lee was able to put his punches together as the fight wore on, dropping Quillin once, in the seventh round, and walked away with his title and a slightly anticlimactic conclusion to his trip to the States.
After 12 round the judges had the fight 113-112 for Lee, 113-112 for Quillin, 113-113 even.
“I respect the decision,” Quillin said after the bout. “There is a first time for everything. I’m grateful that I was going to get dropped that I was able to get back up and fight. I came here to fight and I was able to go 12 rounds. I could have kept going. I took a year off, and the motivation of losing my title got me going.”
Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) was previously in the ring outpointing veteran Lukas Konecny in April 2014. Prior to that, 31-year-old Quillin stopped Gabriel Rosado and decisioned undefeated brawler Fernando Guerrero. Quillin won the WBO middleweight title in 2012 by defeating Hassan N’Dam on the scorecards
Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) came into Saturday’s fight having defeated Matt Korobov with a brutal sixth-round TKO in December 2014 to lift the WBO middleweight world title. Before the Korobov fight stopped John Jackson and outpointed Frank Horta. Lee has won his last six fights since his 2012 defeat at the hands of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Going forward, Quillin will likely continue his climb up the rankings and his pursuit of another world title. Despite not walking away with Lee’s belt, the Brooklynite will be looking for future matchups against middleweight stars like Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto Danny Jacobs, or Billy Joe Saunders. But, as all things in boxing these days, the decision will rest on mighty boxing adviser Al Haymon.
For Andy Lee, he will be looking to take his title back across the pond for possible face offs against Chris Eubank Jr. or Billy Joe Saunders.
“It was a tough fight,” Lee said after the bout. “He got me early, because I was being lazy. I got my momentum late in the fight because I boxed consistently. I understand with two knockdowns people felt he won the decision. I could have done better tonight.”
Check out the fight here:
Andy Lee vs. Peter Quillin Live Round-By-Round
(scores are not official)
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Round 1: Ok, fight fans! First bout of the night. Lee black wears, Quillin in cheetah patterned trunks. Lee fights out of a southpaw stand. Fighter meet in the middle. Measuring. Both pumping the jabs, but not landing. Right hand Quillin to the chest. Minute in. Still vying in the center of the ring. Right hook and left from Lee counters Quilin. Both looking. Observing. Quillin right to head. Minute in, more feeling out. Straight left Lee. Lee is KNOCKED DOWN by Quillin right hand! Quillin 10-8
Round 2: Back in the middle, jabs are pumping. Left from Lee is short. Quillin measure his jab. Quillin lands with right-left combo. Minute in, more vying in the center of the ring. Half-way point. More of the same, low action, but tense. Lee slowly working the perimeter. Right hand Quillin. Combo wings Lee. Measuring but not engaging. Quillin smashed Lee with a left hook and they go at it. Now back to watching each other. 20-17 Quillin
Round 3: Center of the ring. Lee short with jab. Quillin slowly pressuring. Big left from Lee. Right from Lee. Hurt Quillin. Quillin on the ropes. Lee KNOCKED DOWN by Quillin right hand! Lee left hand. Quillin with left hook. Lee lands a left to the face. Quillin back in the corner, but Lee keeping his distance. Lee jab lands. Big left from Lee on the bell. 30-25
Round 4: Quillin moving well, looks energized. Lee misses jab to the body. Watching, looking for openings. Lee reaches with jab. Left hand Quillin. Half-way point of the round Quillin charges with combo, wing Lee. Minute left, Lee looking to close the distance, left hook-right misses from Quillin. Right to the body from Lee. Audience is booing the low action. Right to the body Lee. Jab to the body Quillin. 40-34
Round 5: Quillin lunges with left, Lee answers with lunged right- neither land. Quillin pressuring Lee. Lee jab to the body. Lee working the jab more. Straight left Lee. Right hand to the body Quillin. Lee misses big left as Quillin ducks. Left hook Quillin. Right hand Quillin, he opens up and unloads. They clinch. Quillin attacks, they clinch again. Combo from Quillin. Jab Quillin. Right hand Quillin counters Lee. Quillin looking food. 50-42
Round 6: Meet in the middle. Lee using his jab to create distance. Left from Lee lands. Jab from Lee, countered by Quillin jab. Left from Quillin. Action picking up. They exchange lead hooks. Left Lee to the breadbasket. Right left Lee. Quillin pressuring. Left to the body from Lee. Lee lands counter right hook. Lee looking alive. Right and left from Quillin mostly blocked. Right hand from Quillin at the bell. 59-51 Quillin
Round 7: Doctor taking a look at Lee’s jaw. Ok, back to it. Lee using the jab to create distance. Left hook Quillin. Quillin looking for openings. Right hand Quillin. Double jabs, Lee. Left hook Quillin. They clinch. Left from Lee, blocked. Lee misses and they clinch. Back to the middle. Jab from Quillin. Quillin KNOCKED DOWN by Lee right hook! Lee comes out looking to hurt Quillin. Round over. 67-61 Quillin
Round 8: Lee jabs to the body. Both fighters moving more, more intense. Lee, left to the body. Half-way point of the round. Left by Lee, countered by Quillin. Right to the body from Lee. Quillin misses with big lopping right. Right hook Lee around Quillin’s left. Good exchange of rear hands. Left from Lee. Quillin jab. Quillin right. Good round for Lee. Especially the beginning. 76-71 Quillin
Round 9: Lee jab to the body. Lee jab lands. Quillin, lunging jab. Straight left from Lee to the head. Right from Quillin. Left from Lee to the body. Quillin misses with big left hook. Nice jab from Quillin. Minute left, left from Lee. Right hook Lee. Huge left from Lee smashes Quillin. Quillin ok. 85-81 Quillin
Round 10: Lee runs right out to the center of the ring. Left hand Lee. Big left Quillin now. Right, left hook from Quillin lands. Left from Lee. Right jab from Lee. Left Lee. Right and left hook from Quillin wings Lee. Right hook from Lee at the half-way point of the round. Lee stiff jab. 1-2 combo from the Irishman. Jab Lee. Another. Quillin not getting off as we near the end of the round. Lee looking good. 94-91
Round 11: We go into the macho rounds. Lee lands jab to the body. Left hook from Quillin. Right hand from Quillin lands. Left from Quillin to the gut. Left hand from Lee opens up a short exchange. Half-way into the round, exchange of rights. Right from Quillin wings Lee. Quillin another right. Looping left from Lee blocked. Right from Quillin to the head lands. 104-100 Quillin
Round 12: Final round. Meet in the middle, jab from Lee. Left hook from Quillin. Lee jab lands. Left hand from Lee, up the alley. Both pawing with jabs. Left from Lee to the body countered by Quillin right. Lee reaches with right. Last minute of the round. Right to the body, then left hook from Quillin. Quillin with a stiff jab. Huge right from Quillin ends the fight. 114-109 Quillin.
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