Moving from Puerto Rico to New York, the card on at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn is the main card of the weekend, and it is full of highly anticipated bouts on the undercard which should excite the fans for the main event of the evening. One of the undercard fights sees a World championship bout for the WBO middleweight championship which is going to be an entertaining style clash. The Irishman who has carved a career across the pond, Andy Lee, defends his belt against the man who vacated the belt earlier in 2014, and one of the most highly touted prospects on the pro circuit today, Peter Quillin.

We personally believe that Quillin will win the fight by decision, despite both fighters having knockout potential, we expect Quillin to box his way to decision. That bet is currently 2/1 with 888 Sport. You can ‘TREBLE THOSE ODDS’ to a massive 6/1 by clicking here or the banner below. 

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Quillin’s got the quality

As aforementioned, Quillin has had plenty of eyes kept on him as he has risen through the pro ranks. Even though he is now 31 years of age and started his pro career in 2005, he has come into the limelight more recently with some convincing performances, earning some shouts that he might be the next Mayweather. Whilst the undefeated Quillin hasn’t any wins against World beaters on his resume, he has convincingly got past everyone put in front of him, and he has beat some tested opponents in the likes of Jesse Brinkley, Craig McEwan and Ronald Wright. Quillin shot to fame in 2012 when he won the belt he’s fighting for tonight, earning a strong decision win against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam after putting him on the canvas six times. He earned strong stoppage wins in his first two defences, stopping Fernando Guerrero in the 7th after putting him on the mat 4 times, and then Gabe Rosado in the 10th after putting him down once. His last defence was a steamrolled decision win over Lukas Konecny in April 2014 where he won every round, before finally vacating the belt later that year due to deliberations about changing weight.

Going back to the point I made about Quillin being compared to Mayweather, it’s because Quillin is showing a lot of the tendencies that the World saw from a spritely young Mayweather when he was in the midst of carving his incredible career. Quillin has displayed some very talented fighting and had dealt with anyone put in front of him. Whilst not the most polished pure Boxer, he has a matured Boxing IQ and has some of the most brilliant combination punching and timing in the game today. He’s very patient with his offence and as a result, he knows when to initiate his killer instinct. His power punching is good too and has some strong hooks in his game plan. I won’t say he was exposed against Rosado, but he has shown that he is easily hittable if his opponents let go of their punches at the right times. Because of his lack of many fighters who pose a lot of power, there is questions about how he’ll handle one of those punchers, and Lee has a right hook which if it connects, it will definitely throw Quillin off-guard. It’s a very basic game plan for Quillin in this scenario as he is a better Boxer in overall skill. He needs to do exactly what he does, Box well and patiently, dictate the fight and avoid getting hitting with Lee’s big right hand, because I feel that is the only way that Lee walks away with the victory in this bout.

Lee’s on top of the world

Andy Lee has had his goals set on achieving the absolute elite level of Boxing since the beginning of his career, and he has been committed to hitting that goal. He began his professional career in 2006 by fighting in the States which is brave for an Irish start-up. He split his fights mainly among the States and Ireland, earning a 15-0 record before facing his first big challenge against Brian Vera. He was stopped in the 7th round but not without a fight, remaining competitive most rounds, even putting Vera on the canvas in the 1st round. He bounced back quickly from the lost, returning four months later earning 14 more wins, including impressive stoppages over Craig McEwan and Saul Duran, and getting his revenge over Vera, beating him by a lopsided decision after putting Vera on the mat in the second. He eventually got a second loss in his first World championship shot against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Despite leading on the cards and looking incredibly strong against a proven Chavez Jr, the fight was stopped in the 7th after looking shaky on his feet for a lot of the round. Lee rebounded well again after the loss, earning five wins before earning another title shot for Quillin’s vacated belt which is on the line tonight, against Matt Korobov who many thought Quillin was ducking. The odds were stacked heavily against Lee, but Lee shocked the World by stopping Korobov in the sixth after largely getting outboxed every round. Lee had achieved his ultimate goal of becoming a World champion, and he has the resolve to carry that on tonight.


Andy Lee has been with Adam Booth his previous two fights which has shown how much improvement he’s made in his game. Winning the World championship has settled Lee as he thought he might never achieve it, and he has seemed incredibly relaxed with the belt on his waist which is a good thing. Lee has a profoundly good Boxing ability who fights at length, where he is most advantageous. He is a refined southpaw puncher and boasts a scary willingness to exert power from both hands, especially his right hook which has been a deal breaker in many bouts now. Lee has shown a good chin, but he struggles to deal with opponents who will cut off the ring and get in his face with well-timed punch bombardments. This is a prospect he will have to defend against Quillin who is a potent combination puncher with power of his own, more so than Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but Lee has improved dramatically since that bout.

Quillin to win by decision

In a division which presents some intriguing potential bouts, this fight has more implications than what some people might expect, and the result will shape the face of the division for future eliminators and unification bouts. Lee’s ambition was to earn a World championship, and now he’s got what he wants, it will be a lofty task for any opponent to take it off of him, especially when they consider that Lee has one of the most devastating punches (which he can pull from nowhere) in the game. That being said, Quillin is a remarkable talent, and the areas where he excels is what Lee often struggles against. Lee has benefited under the guidance of Booth, and he is a much more matured and polished Boxer now, but I can’t see him being the person dictating the fight. Quillin will cut off the ring, likely control the punch exchanges, and put together some of his infamous combinations which will connect with Lee who has a vulnerable defence at times. Ring rust might be a problem for Quillin and the provoking thought that he might get struck with a right bomb from Lee, but I feel Quillin boxes his way to a decisive decision victory, taking back what he thinks is rightfully his. Don’t expect Lee to go down without a fight.


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