Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin missed out on a title shot by not making weight for his Barclays Center bout, and then cost himself a victory by failing to capitalize on a fast start against champion Andy Lee.
“You can’t have the perfect story,” he said.
Quillin, a Downtown resident, knocked Lee down twice in the first three rounds with vicious power punches, but was out-boxed the rest of the way, according to the judges. Lee sent Quillin to the mat in the seventh and rallied for a draw in the co-main event of the first Premier Boxing Champions card broadcast on NBC from Barclays Center last Saturday night.
One judge scored the bout 113–112 for Quillin, another 113–112 for Lee and the last a 113-113 draw.
This paper scored the fight 113–112 in favor of Quillin, who returned to the ring after a year layoff.
“I trained like a champion,” Quillin said. “Unfortunately we got a walk and had to walk off with the draw.”
Even if Quillin (23–0–1, 22 knockouts) had won, he would not have gained the World Boxing Organization middleweight championship. He missed the 160-pound limit twice at 161.4 and then 160.6 pounds two hours later at the weigh in.
“I never had nothing like this happen,” Quillin said. “It’s something I am going to have to learn to deal with.”
Lee (34–2–1, 24 knockouts) began to rally after the sixth round. He dropped Quillin for the first time in his career in the seventh. He ultimately landed more punches and jabs than Quillin, and three less power punches, according to the Compubox stats.
Williamsburg’s Collazo makes quick work of Degollado: Luis Collazo heard the doubters after he lost to Amir Kahn nearly a year ago in a World Boxing Association International welterweight title fight. The 33-year-old Williamsburg native made sure to show them he wasn’t done yet in his first bout since the loss. Collazo earned a technical knockout victory over 26-year-old Chris Degollado at the 1:46 mark of the second round on the undercard of the April 11 Barclays Center fight night.
“A lot of media said I was finished already, so I might be he weakest link in the welterweight division,” Collazo said with smile. “I’m here.”
He hurt Delgollado (12–5-0 10 knockouts) with a strong left hook before punching him into the corner. From there Collazo (36–6–0, 19 knockouts) landed a stiff right before another left hook. A left uppercut eventually forced a stop to the fight. Collazo said he took so much time away to see if he still had the fire to compete. He decided he does, and wants to get back to being considered a title contender again.
“All the top guys,” Collazo said. “I don’t call anyone out. All the top guys who want to fight me, I’m here.”
Hardy dejected after no-contest: Gerritsen Beach native Heather “The Heat” Hardy remained undefeated, but she did not earn a victory in her World Boxing Council International super-bantamweight bout with Renata Domsodi (12–6, 5 knockouts). The fight was ruled a no-contest after an accidental head butt opened up a nasty cut over Domsodi’s eye late in the third round.
The ringside physician halted the contest at the 1:57 mark of the third and it was called a no-contest because the match had not gone a full four rounds. Hardy (12–0, 2 knockouts) said she ducked too low and Domsodi came forward too strong. As soon as she saw the blood she knew there could be an issue.
“There is that, ‘Are you kidding me?’ ” Hardy said.
A discouraged Hardy said that calling her mood “disappointed” would be the understatement of the year. She was in total control of the fight and was ahead in points through two rounds. Hardy believed Domsodi could have continued if she wanted to.
“I felt like I had her to the point where she was going down, and then that head butt and 10 seconds to finish the round she quit,” Hardy said.
Sunset Park welterweight Gabriel Bracero fell via unanimous decision to Felix Diaz in the final fight of the night in his first appearance at Barclays Center.