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Can Andy Lee Secure A Sweet Victory Over Kid Chocolate?

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn hosts a WBO World Middleweight title bout between Andy Lee and Peter Quillin and a great co main event in Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson, as Pundit Arena previews Saturday night’s title fight.  


The match card on Saturday night/Sunday morning features WBO World Middleweight Champ Andy Lee (9/4) taking on ‘Kid Chocolate’ Peter Quillin (2/5), who is undefeated in 31 fights.

The co-main event sees Danny Garcia (5/12), undefeated in 29 fights, face Lamont Peterson (5/2) in a Welterweight bout.

Other fights on the night include:

Gabriel Bracero (23 1 0 4) vs Felix Diaz (16 0 0 8) –  welterweight
Aaron Pryor Jr (19 7 1 12) vs Marcus Browne (13 0 0 10) –  light heavyweight
Errol Spence (1/25) vs Samuel Vargas (10/1) –  welterweight
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Title Bout
The Champion
Andy Lee Highlight Reel
“Lee is as blue chip as they come. If you could get stock in a prospect, he’d be near the top of the buy list.” – ESPN in 2007
Limerick man Andy Lee won the belt back in December from Matt Korobov in what was a stunning upset.
Yet again, Lee finds himself as the underdog. This status didn’t prevent him from stopping the Russian in the sixth round, though.

The former Olympian has just two losses on his record; a TKO loss to Brian Vera in 2008 (which he avenged in 2011), and a crushing defeat to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a 2012 WBC title bout.

Not unlike his Irish compatriot John Duddy before him, Lee can certainly take a punch. What sets him apart from his counterparts, though, is his, quite frankly, scary right hand. What makes it even more unique is that Lee is a southpaw – his right hand is his lead hand, leading to some very headache-inducing (in every sense of the phrase) scenarios for his opponents to face.

KO of John Jackson – 5th round, June 2014:

It saved him in the Jackson fight (where he was knocked down for the first time in his career and was getting badly beat up), and it ensures that Lee will always have a viable puncher’s chance on any given night. His unfortunate propensity for getting hit quite often sometimes necessitates this desperation.

His trainer Adam Booth may well favour a more considered approach from the Irishman, but, as Iron Mike once said:

Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth”.

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The Challenger

PETER QUILLIN

Despite having a year-long layoff, the challenger, Peter Quillin, is favourite to defeat the Limerick native. The American turned pro in 2005.

Holding an undefeated record of 31 fights, ‘Kid Chocolate’ boasts wins over the likes of Craig McEwan, Lukas Konecny and legend Ronald “Winky” Wright.

Quillin elected to vacate the title last year rather than face mandatory challenger Matt Korobov, whom Andy Lee promptly beat. He is trained by none other than Freddie Roach, with his Cuban heritage being lived up to with 22 knockouts – a 71% KO ratio. Quillin packs a wicked hook and, luckily for him, a solid chin – which is sure to be tested by Lee and his southpaw stance.

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Verdict

Andy Lee’s defence plus Peter Quillin’s knockout profiency could well equate to a new champion, while Lee’s right hand could yet again be the deciding factor . Lee will be bouncing with confidence having beaten the odds against Korobov. He has been quoted as saying that he never felt like he was losing either the Korobov or Jackson fights – suggesting that he is possibly looking to engage in another dogfight.

Such a scenario leaves calling a winner up in the air – the one thing we’re banking on is the fight not going the distance.

Prediction – Andy Lee by KO in Round 10 (35/1 with PaddyPower).

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.