LAS VEGAS — A number of prospects were in action on the Amir Khan-Zab Judah undercard at the Mandalay Bay’s Event Center on Saturday. The most advanced of the young up-and-comers was Peter Quillin, a middleweight standout from Brooklyn, N.Y., who is now based in Los Angeles. Quillin (25-0, 19 knockouts) systematically punished late-sub Jason Lehoullier (21-6-1, 8 KOs), of Dover, N.H., to a fifth-round TKO in their scheduled 10-round bout.
Lehoullier was no dropped or seriously hurt at any time of the bout but he was nable to defend himself against Quillin’s heavy accurate punches and his corner did the ring thing by throwing in the towel to end the one-sided contest. Quillin, who was supposed to face Tarvis Simms before the veteran fringe contender pulled out with an injury, is close to achieving contender status in the 160-pound division, which is in need of new faces — particularly those from America.
Gary Russell Jr., a 2004 Olympian from Capitol Heights, Md., is also close to advancing from prospect to contender status. The featherweight speed demon dominated tough but out-gunned Eric Estrada (9-2, 3 KOs) over eight rounds. Russell (17-0, 10 KOs), who scored a technical knockdown in the seventh round, won by unanimous scores of 80-71.
In the one undercard bout that did not feature a prospect, come-backing former junior middleweight contender James Kirkland (29-1, 25 KOs) knocked down Alexis Hloros (15-4-1, 11 KOs) three times en route to a second-round stoppage in a middleweight bout scheduled for eight rounds. It was Kirkland’s second quick KO
Kirkland, of Austin, Texas, walked through a few clean right hands from Hloros, of Mt. Clemens, Mich., but he absorbed the blows and kept mixing hard shots to the body and head that eventually caved in his game opponent.
Ronny Rios (15-0, 7 KOs) made short work of Noe Lopez Jr. (8-9, 5 KOs), stopping the normally durable journeyman at 1:12 of the first round of a scheduled eight-round junior lightweight bout. Rios, of Santa Ana, Calif., dropped Lopez with right hand to the body a minute into the fight and then finished the Nogales, Mexico native with his follow up barrage (aimed mostly at Lopez’s midsection). Joe Cortez waved the bout off the second time Lopez sank to the canvas.
Rios’ trainer Hector Lopez believes the 21-year-old boxer-puncher is a fight or two away from a 10-round step-up fight against a fringe contender or a fellow unbeaten prospect, such as Casey Ramos, Christopher Martin or Raul Hirales Jr. Josiah Judah (10-1-1, 2 KOs), the younger brother of Zab Judah, out-boxed Rafal Jastrzebski (4-7-1, 1 KO) to a majority decision in a six-round super middleweight bout. Judah, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was outworked during the first three rounds but landed the cleaner counter punches in the second half of the bout. Jastrzebski, of Bydgoszcz, Poland, thought he did enough to win the fight. Jamie Kavanagh (8-0, 3 KOs) out-pointed Marcos Herrera (6-6-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round lightweight bout. Kavanagh, of Hollywood, Calif., by way of Ireland, won by scores of 60-53, 60-54 and 59-54. He almost stopped Herrera, of Arvada, Co., in the fourth round.