Andy Lee and Peter Quillin fought to a split draw tonight on PBC on NBC in Brooklyn, with both fighters hitting the canvas and putting in some work over a slow-paced but interesting 12-round bout. Official scores were 113-112 Lee, 113-112 Quillin, and 113-113. BLH had it 114-112 for Quillin.
Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KO) got off to the faster start, dropping Lee pretty hard in the opening round on a looping right hand, and also scoring a more questionable third round knockdown, where replays showed Lee going down was certainly more due to Quillin accidentally stepping on Lee's foot, as often happens in southpaw-orthodox matchups.
In the end, that call may have cost Lee (34-2-1, 24 KO) the fight, if judge Glenn Feldman did have the third round 10-8 for Quillin. (UPDATE: Feldman did not have that round 10-8. The key round on Feldman's card was the 10th, which he gave to Quillin, while judges Guido Cavalleri and Eric Marlinski both had that one 10-9 for Lee.)
The second half of the fight largely belonged to Andy Lee, who began scoring with left hands and working in his dangerous right hook more consistently. A counter right hook in round seven dropped Quillin, and gave Lee some confidence that he seemed to lack in the early going, and also made an already tentative Quillin even more cautious, allowing Lee to dictate the tempo more and more.
That tempo was, for the most part, a slow one. Neither fighter ever established a jab, and as such there were long pockets of inactivity as both Lee and Quillin didn't want to lead the dance. There were some pretty decent exchanges, but they were few. The difference between this fight's pace and a similar pace in another fight came down to the fact that both Lee and Quillin can punch, and as such there was always the looming threat that something could happen.
How did you score this fight, and what did you think of it?