Nationally televised Saturday on FOX, the Premier Boxing Champions stage at Nassau Coliseum saw Quillin keep his word and outpoint his super middleweight foe in 10 rounds, scored 99-91 and 98-92 twice, by ringside judges.
The victory boosts Quillin’s record to 34-1-1 (23 KOs), inching the former Middleweight World Champion closer to a championship opportunity at 168 pounds.
“I know I don’t have a long time to be here, but I’ve got some good fights in me left,” he told BQE Media before the fight. “Now I’m giving this chapter in my career to God. It eliminates the art of pressure, fighting for others or what people tell me what I can do in a fight.”
Quillin largely controlled the action, stalking the speedy Love – known for his movement and footwork – who fell to 24-2-1 (13 KOs). Quillin’s coach, Aureliano Sosa, had made movement a focus in training camp leading up to the August 4th bout.
Kid Chocolate didn’t completely obliterate Love with enormous punching power, but was able to out-land his way to a fairly easy victory, his second since losing to Daniel Jacobs in the Battle for Brooklyn of December 2015.
“It was very important for me to go up in there and break his spirit,” said Quillin. “I established my will in there, but I’ll wait to judge how I looked until I see the tape.
“For people who think that I had ring rust, we’ve been in the gym training hard to be ready for a challenge like this,” he added. “We’re going to build from this and use it as a foundation. Only time will tell what comes next, but we’ll use this as a measuring stick.”
Last week, while acknowledging that his career could only go but so much longer, the 35-year-old Quillin says he’s no longer overly concerned about what transpires in his boxing profession moving forward.
“I know God is going to be on me, so I don’t have to worry about that,” he said last week. “I’ve got a million dollars of property now in cash and my wife’s got a full-time job as a producer for ‘The Today Show.’ My wife is dedicated and really wants to try her hardest to make sure she’s making a certain amount of money before I retire so all I have to do is stay home.”
Also on the card, Ridgewood native Luis Collazo (38-7, 20 KOs) picked up a decision victory over Bryant Perrella (15-2, 13 KOs). Long Island’s Alicia Napoleon (10-1, 5 KOs) defended her WBA World Middleweight title against Hannah Rankin (5-2, 1 KO), dominating en route to a ten-round decision.
Staten Island’s Marcus Browne (22-0, 16 KOs) scored a unanimous decision win over Lenin Castillo (18-2-1, 13 KOs) after being knocked down in round five, and Andre Berto (32-5, 24 KOs) narrowly outpointed Devon Alexander (27-5-1, 14 KOs) in the night’s main event.