By Mark Eisner: The heavy handed Alfredo Angulo (26-7, 21 KOs) pulled off a big upset in defeating former WBO middleweight champion Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin (34-2-1, 23 KOs) by a 10 round split decision in super middleweight action on Saturday Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California. The judges’ scores were 97-93, 96-94 for Angulo, and 96-94 for Quillin. Boxing News 24 scored it 97-93 for Angulo. The fight was televised on Premier Boxing Champions on FS1.
Angulo took the starch out of Quillin in round 3
Quillin, 36, looked at his best in the first two rounds when he was using his speed, and combination punching to out-box the slower Angulo. However, the entire complexion of the contest changed in round three when Angulo rocked Quillin to his boots with a hard right hand to the head. The shot literally turned Quillin’s legs to jelly, taking the springs out of them.
Quillin never recovered after getting hurt early
Whatever chance the A-side Quillin had in winning the fight, he lost it when he was hurt in the third. Kid Chocolate’s legs looked rubbery for the remainder of the contest. It didn’t help that Angulo was hitting Quillin with body shots continuously. Although the 2004 Olympian Angulo lacked hand speed, his heavy hands more than made up for his lack of speed. the shots that Angulo was hitting Quillin with to the body drained him like a battery, causing his legs to weaken even more.
Quillin was hurt in each of the remaining rounds of the fight. He did show a lot of heart in staying on his feet, and not taken out. It was a moral victory in some respects for Quillin to take the amount of punishment hat Angulo dished out to him tonight without quitting or dropping for the 10 count. If Angulo was 10 years younger, he would have likely stopped Quillin for sure tonight.
Kid Chocolate was forced to brawl
Quillin would have had a chance of winning the fight had he jabbed, and moved for 10 rounds. He couldn’t do it though. The combination of being hurt by a head shot from Angulo in the 3rd, and the hard body punches was eating took away Quillin’s legs. He was unable to move to get away from Angulo.
If Quillin was more of a stationary banger like Gennady Golovkin, it wouldn’t have mattered that he couldn’t move. he would have stopped the painfully slow Angulo within two or three round. But unfortunately for Quillin, he’s not a fighter that can handle getting hit back in a one-on-one battle.
With the win, Angulo finds himself in position to potentially get a title shot against IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant. Quillin came into the contest ranked #4 with the International Boxing Federation. Angulo ranked ranked at all in the top 15. He’ll now find himself given a likely top 10 ranking. IBF champion Caleb Plant would be bad news for a slow, lead-footed fighter like Angulo.
That would be a bad fight for Angulo, and so would a match against WBA champion Callum Smith. Angulo is better off fighting as a gatekeeper level guy. Putting him in with one of the super middleweight champions could result in him getting hurt.
Where to now for Quillin?
Quillin’s loss has to be a tough one for him to absorb, because he looked so bad against a fighter that he was supposed to dominate. Angulo is still a decent fighter, but he’s not an elite guy. This is the type of fighter that the good super middleweights are expected to beat. The fact that Quillin couldn’t defeat Angulo is really telling. It suggests that he’s not the fighter that he once was six years ago. Quillin’s 1st round knockout loss to Danny Jacobs in 2015 really took something out of his career. He hasn’t looked the same since that loss.
Shortly before that fight, Quillin vacated his WBO middleweight title in September 2014 when he was ordered to defend against mandatory Matt Korobov. Giving up the title ultimately may have been a mistake on Quillin’s part, because he’s not been able to capture another world title. Another mistake on Quillin’s part was for him to take a year off from 2014 to 2015. Quillin took a year off during the prime of his career, and he never able to get back to the form he had before that lay off.
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If Quillin doesn’t have a special plan to turn his career around, he might want to consider retiring from boxing. Quillin looked shot to pieces tonight, and he was facing a guy that shouldn’t have done that to him if he had anything left.
Chris Colbert destroys Miguel Beltran Jr.
In an impressive performance, undefeated lightweight prospect Chris Colbert (13-0, 5 KOs) defeated an over-matched journeyman Miguel Beltran Jr. (33-8, 22 KOs) by a 1st round knockout. Colbert, 22, dropped Beltran Jr. with a right to the head. Referee Marcos Rosales then stopped the fight. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:57 of round 1.
Thomas Dulorme decisions Terrel Williams
Hard hitting welterweight Thomas Dulorme (25-3-1, 16 KOs) defeated the highly regarded Terrel Williams (18-1, 13 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision in a grueling fight. Dulorme, 29, used his heavy hands to batter Williams with shots from round one.
In the 10th, Dulorme caught Williams with a left hand that he didn’t see coming, and he dropped him. Dulorme attempted to finish Williams off, but couldn’t do it. The final judges’ scores were 98-91, 98-91, 96-93. Boxing News 24 scored it for Dulorme by a 98-91. This was a hard fight for both fighters. Dulorme keeps his career alive with the win. He does well against this type of opposition. Dulorme has struggled when he’s stepped it up against Terence Crawford, Jessie Vargas and Yordenis Ugas.
Jesus Ramos stops Rickey Edwards
Undefeated light welterweight prospect Jesus Ramos (11-0, 10 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a 3rd round knockout of Rickey Edwards (12-4, 3 KOs). Ramos dropped Edwards with a big left. the fight was then halted. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:40 of round 3.
Francisco Ochoa decisions Clay Burns
Undefeated super featherweight prospect Francisco Ochoa (16-0, 9 KOs) defeated journeyman Clay Burns (8-6-2, 4 KOs) by a six round unanimous decision.
Other results on the card:
Michel Rivera TKO 5 Jose Luis Gallegos
Gary Antuanne Russell TKO 1 Luis Ronaldo Castillo
Petr Khamukov TKO 2 Randy Fuentes
Jonathan Esquivel TKO 2 Justin Steave