Middleweight titleholder Kid Chocolate Peter Quillin found himself in some difficulty in the middle rounds against Gabriel Rosado but tore open a cut over his left eye in the ninth round. It proved to be important as the fight was stopped because of the cut 40 seconds into the 10th round as Quillin retained his title for the second time on the Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat undercard on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall.
Quillin had a second-round reduced, giving him 12 knockdowns in his past four fights and was ahead on all three scorecards – amazingly wide scores of 90-80, 89-81 and 87-83 – at the time of the stoppage, which Rosado complained bitterly about. It was Rosado’s second stoppage loss in a middleweight title fight this year. In January, he was also stopped on cuts in the seventh round by Gennady Golovkin in New York.
In the second round, Quillin backed Rosado into a corner and crash him to his knees with a left hook near the end of the round. Another left hook rocked Rosado late in the third round. Rosado, with many of the fans from his hometown in nearby Philadelphia cheering him on, had a big fourth round. He rocked quillin repeatedly late in the frame and seemed to have him in a bit of problem as the round came to an end.
Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs), 27, began to showboat in the fifth round, waving one hand and punching with the other as the crowd went wild, but Quillin appeared to have recovered from the difficulty of the previous round. Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs), 30, of New York, who seemed to lose some steam in the middle rounds, came back with a good ninth round in which he opened the cut.
I was walking him down and backing him up. I was hurting him, Rosado said. They knew he was getting hurt and they stopped it. I was hurting him in the later rounds and I knew the key was to keep him up against the ropes. I deserve a rematch. This is the story of my life. I’m the real Rocky Balboa.
The victory could pave the way for Quillin to make a defence in early 2014 against fellow New Yorker Daniel Jacobs. Quillin doesn’t care who he fights. I’m ready to fight anybody they put in front of me, [Sergio] Martinez, [Alfredo] Angulo, be it whoever, Quillin said.I’ll defend my title against anyone, including my mother. I’m just thankful to be here for the victory and fight at this level.
Heavyweight Deontay Wilder, the last American man to claim an Olympic boxing medal when he took bronze in the 2008 Beijing Games, has still never been past four complete rounds as he knocked Nicolai Firtha out with a booming right hand in the fourth round.Firtha became the third man to take Wilder, 27, into the fourth round, but he was a sitting duck for Wilder’s powerful shots. When Wilder (30-0, 30 KOs) knocked him down for the third time in the fight, referee Lindsey Page immediately waved it off at one minute, 26 seconds.