WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin clung on to his world title after ten bruising rounds with a battle-hardened Gabriel Rosado at the Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night.
‘Kid Chocolate’ began the fight well and had Rosado on the floor with a flash knockdown in the second, but took his foot off the gas from rounds four through eight to allow the challenger back into the fight.
By the ninth, Quillin, 30, had woken out of his slump and began getting back on top and opened up a terrible cut on Rosado’s eyelid with a well-placed jab to end the round well.
After working on the cut mid-round, Rosado’s team sent their man back out with the gash covered in grease to disguise the severity, although one punch from Quillin made it visible to the referee how bad it was.
Allan Huggins called over two ringside physicians to inspect the injury and both decided to ignore Rosado’s pleas to finish the round and stopped the fight at the beginning of the tenth.
Boos rang out around the arena but didn’t change the result as Quillin retained his belt for a second time and extended his undefeated record to 30-0 with what will go down as his 22nd stoppage in the record books.
Earlier on the Showtime televised portion of the card, Deontay Wilder produced yet another explosive victory against an also ran in the heavyweight division as the American tip-toes his way up the rankings towards a possible world title fight in the next twelve months.
The 28 year-old made it 30 out of 30, all within four rounds against Nicolai Firtha at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, in a bout that was sickeningly one-sided and left the hapless ‘Stone Man’ bloodied and battered at the end.
Firtha, 34, was dropped twice in the first, before getting on his bike for the next two rounds. But with his record of stoppages within twelve minutes at stake, Wilder upped his game and forced the TKO mid-round with some shuddering punches that had Firtha sprawling on the canvas.
Calls from the fans and media must now be heeded by Golden Boy as Wilder may stagnate at a lower level if not moved further up in class, with the likes of Chris Arreola, Johnathon Banks and Tony Thompson ideal foes for 2014.
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