BROOKLYN — WBO middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin scored two second-round knockdowns 30 seconds apart, and dropped his man twice more in the seventh and final round of a technical knockout over Fernando Guerrero for the first defense of his title in Saturday night’s Showtime-televised co-feature to the fight between RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and Zab Judah at Barclays Center.
Referee Harvey Dock stopped the fight with Guerrero struggling to rise from the canvas at the 1:30 mark of the seventh.
A Chicago-born Brooklyn resident, Quillin (29-0, 21 knockouts) dropped Guerrero (25-2, 19 KOs), of Salisbury, Md., with right hands at the 1:30 and one-minute marks of the second round, and nearly floored him a third time prior to the bell.
But Guerrero recovered, surviving the third and enjoying some success until late in the fourth, when he was wobbled, yet again, by a right hand just prior to the bell. By the sixth, however, it was Guerrero gaining a second wind, landing a number of clubbing left hands out of his southpaw stance.
Guerrero was after his fifth straight victory since falling in June of 2011 by fourth-round knockout to 40-year-old journeyman Grady Brewer.
But Quillin was coming with more experience on his resume, his most recent win being October’s unanimous decision win over previously unbeaten Hassan N’Dam, whom he dropped six times.
Quillin also knocked out Jesse Brinkley and Craig McEwen in the third and sixth rounds, respectively, and scored a fifth-round knockdown during a decision over former titleholder Ronald “Winky” Wright in June of 2012 before beating N’Dam.
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