Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island an edition of Premier Boxing Champions broadcast on FX1 headlined by former world title holders Devon Alexander and Andre Berto. As a co-feature former WBO middleweight title holder Peter Quillin faced former top ten ranked J’Leon Love in a super middleweight affair.
The main event was a “Stay or Go” type fight for both Alexander and Berto who at best looked mediocre in recent wins. In their prior six outings Berto is 3-3 while Alexander 2-3-1, the last significant win for Berto was 2015 when he stopped Josesito Lopez for the interim WBA 147 pound belt, the last for Alexander was 2012 when he claimed the 147 pound IBF title against Randall Bailey. In his next bout after winning the interim WBA belt Berto was shut out over twelve rounds against Floyd Mayweather Jr and Alexander failed to make one successful defense of his IBF title before losing to Shawn Porter.
It was a close contest, both men fought inside for a majority of the rounds. There would be a knockdown in round three scored by Alexander but Berto would rise then go looking to make it a slug-out. As the fight wore on Berto with constant come forward pressure ended up swaying the judges in his favor winning by a split decision with official scores reading 115-112 twice for Berto and 114-113 once for Alexander.
With a loss for Alexander who now stands at 27-5-1 (14) and close win for Berto who now stands at 32-5 (24), in my opinion both men should start re-evaluating their futures in the sport.
In a co-feature former WBO middleweight belt holder Peter Quillin and J’Leon Love at super middleweight. It was a workman like performance for Quillin who stalked Love and pinned him against the ropes several times to land combinations. The movement of Love and lack of punches made it difficult for Quillin to score a stoppage but it did allow him a wide unanimous decision win by scores of 99-91 and 98-92 twice. With the win Peter Quillin improved to 34-1-1 (23) while J’Leon Love now stands at 24-2-1 (13).
One of if not the most exciting fight of the night took place between former welterweight title holder Luis Collazo and Bryant Perrella. It started with Perrella coming out strong looking to overpower the former title holder, things would change drastically after several rounds when Perella found out Collazo was not there for a pay check.
It would be a non-stop beating from Collazo from the fifth through tenth rounds, Perrella went into survival mode and the fight should have been stopped by either the corner or referee Tony Chiarantano after the 7th. They all chose to see if Perrella could manage a turn around but he continued being battered until the final bell. With the win Luis Collazo improved to 38-7 (20) while Bryant Perrella now stands at 15-2 (13).
IN UNDERCARD BOUTS-
Super Middleweight- Alicia Napoleon 10-1 (5) defended her WBA female super middleweight title against Hannah Rankin 5-2 (1) via UD 10.
Light Heavyweight- Marcus Browne 22-0 (16) def. Lenin Castillo 18-2-1 (13) via UD 10.
Lightweight- Richard Commey 27-2 (24) def. Yardley Armenta Cruz 24-11 (14) via TKO 2.
Super Lightweight- Gary Antuanne Russell 7-0 (7) def. Jose Arturo Esquivel 10-8 (2) via KO 1.
Super Bantamweight- Brandon Figueroa 16-0 (11) def. Luis Roy Suarez Cruz 13-1 (8) via TKO 1.
Super Welterweight-Joey Spencer 4-0 (4) def. Bruce Lutchmedial 2-5 (2) via KO 2.