Peter Quillin retained his WBO middleweight title with a 10th-round technical knockout of game Gabriel Rosado, who suffered a bad cut over his left eye in the ninth round of what had been a competitive fight up to that point. Referee Allen Huggins stopped the bout 40 seconds into the 10th due to the cut on the ringside doctor’s advice.
Quillin (30-0, 22 knockouts), was far ahead on the official scorecards, but most observers saw an even fight. Quilling, who scored a flash knockdown in the second round, started well, dictating the pace and landing the harder punches. However, Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs) pressed Quillin to the ropes and landed his share of power shots in the middle rounds.
It looked like anyones fight going into the late rounds but Quillin opened up a nasty, wide gash above Rosado’s left eye with a hard jab in the ninth round. And that cut ultimately took away any chance of Rosado to take the judges out of the equation in the championship rounds.
“I felt like that was BS,” Rosado said of the stoppage. “This is a championship fight. We (were) going into the championship rounds. This was a competitive fight. I was backing him to the ropes with a strong jab and I was hurting him. I want a rematch.”
Quillin, who could wind up fighting once-beaten Danny Jacobs in February, said he was willing to face anyone – including Rosado, adding “it was a hard-earned victory.”
A full ringside report will follow shortly.