Peter Quillin won his first world title tonight in Brooklyn, lifting the WBO middleweight belt from Hassan N'dam in an excellent fight on Showtime from the Barclays Center. Quillin scored six knockdowns, which were the true difference in the fight, winning on scores of 115-107 across the board. BLH scored it a far closer 112-110 for Quillin, who would have lost the fight without all the knockdowns on most cards we saw online, but would have won without any of them on any of the judges' scorecards, which I will just say I find to be a bit much, and leave it at that.
But let's forget the scores, because they're not worth remembering the way that the fight was. N'dam (27-1, 17 KO) took the first three rounds by my estimation, but Quillin (28-0, 20 KO) evened that up with two knockdowns in the fourth. He scored two more knockdowns in round six, and another pair in round 12, ultimately sealing the fight in his favor, no matter how you were scoring up to that point.
N'dam showed incredible heart and I truly hope has earned himself another shot on U.S. TV in what has quickly become one of the most exciting, competitive divisions in boxing. Quillin, though, also deserves massive credit. He was outboxed through a lot of the fight, but he found out his advantages and used them when he got the opportunities. He didn't let much pass him by in this one, and despite being dead tired in the 12th round, muscled out the win in the end.
It was a terrific, action-packed fight, ebb and flow all over the place, and just great fun to watch. You don't get many like this one -- it was unusual, to say the least, and in a very good way.
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