Peter Quillin scored a pretty predictable win today on PBC on NBC, dropping Australian Michael Zerafa in the fifth round with a brutal right hand. But the situation never became celebratory for Quillin, as Zerafa was knocked unconscious and stretchered out after the KO punch.
The ring doctor said that Zerafa was responding to his commands before they got him out of the ring, and that he believes the prognosis is good for the fighter, which was good news.
"It's hard to celebrate when someone is leaving on a stretcher. That's not the way I want to finish my job. Unfortunately this is part of the game. I want to pray that he gets well and gets back home to Australia, that's what's important," Quillin told Kenny Rice.
Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KO) didn't have much trouble with Zerafa (17-2, 9 KO), and it's also worth noting that he outweighed his opponent by 14 pounds on the unofficial scales, rehydrating about 20 pounds to 182 for this fight, while Zerafa only went up to 168. It was a physical mismatch, but Zerafa gave a great effort, throwing when he saw chances to, and landing some good shots along the way. But he didn't appear to have the power to bother Quillin, whose heavy hands ended the fight.
Quillin also stated clearly that he wants to fight Daniel Jacobs next, a fight that has been marinating for a while now. Jacobs, in an interview with Liam McHugh, said the fight is going to happen. "This is all the motivation I needed," Jacobs said.
Light heavyweight prospect Marcus Browne improved to 16-0 (12 KO) with a 55-second stoppage of veteran and former titleholder Gabriel Campillo (25-8-1, 12 KO), whose early fight woes continue with another early loss. Campillo went down once, taking a knee after getting hurt, and then Browne tagged him to the body with a pair of shots that put Campillo on the canvas again, ending the fight.
Jermall Charlo stopped Cornelius Bundrage in three rounds to win the IBF junior middleweight title. Read our full recap by clicking here.