Quillin vs. Rosado: Winner, Scorecard and Analysis
In one of the most brutal fights of the evening, Peter Quillin defeated Gabriel Rosado to retain the WBO Middleweight Championship. Quillin won the fight via referee stoppage during the 10th round and moved to 30-0 with 22 knockouts.
Here's how the judges had it scored before the fight was called, per Dan Rafael of ESPN.
via Dan Rafael of ESPN
Those scores were surprisingly lopsided.
Rosado, 21-7-1, stepped up to the challenge and gave Quillin a run for his money. He landed quality punches in what was a fight without any form of extraordinary precision.
Was the referee stoppage fair or premature?
Quillin did manage a second-round knockdown, but it wasn't the dominant display the scorecards would suggest. There's no question he was the better fighter on this night, but the judge's decision to create a large disparity is relatively surprising.
Rosado's face looked worse than his fighting ability was.
Both men landed quality strikes throughout the evening, but it was Quillin who seemed to make the most of his opportunities. Dan Rafael of ESPN reports that the champion landed 88 punches to 80 from Rosado, with neither fighter converting more than 30 percent of their respective attempts.
In the end, a cut above Rosado's eye proved to be too much for the fight to continue.
Rosado wanted the fight to go on, but the referee refused to let him continue.
In the end, it was the right decision.
Rosado's eye was bleeding heavily, and it was only going to get worse with the way Quillin began to land power punches in the later rounds. That proved to be the deciding factor for the champion, who retained his title on a night in which his undefeated record was on the line.
It wasn't his most glamorous display, but Quillin continues to rise in the middleweight division.
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