|Williams TKO’s Quintana Quick to Reclaim His Belt - Boxing
By Gabriel Montoya, Doghouse Boxing (Jun 7, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com (Photo © German Villasenor)
It was quick and sweet revenge for WBO titleholder Paul Williams (34-1 with 25 KOs) when he met the only man to beat him, Carlos Quintana (25-2 with 19 KOs), in a rematch of their February fight. In that bout, Williams appeared listless, getting beat to the punch by Quintana, who used angles and movement to confuse him. Saturday night was a different story.
Williams came out and immediately threw a double jab that was answered by a jab to the body by Quintana
who seemed to stand in front of Williams more so than their first encounter. A counter right hook off a miss by Quintana landed for Williams and it was clear that tonight, he would be sitting on his punches and picking his spots rather than attacking with a large volume of light hitting punches.
A hard left by Quintana was answered right back by a left from Williams and the two mixed it up briefly. Then came the fight-changing blow.
Williams flicked out two jabs that missed. Then came with a double jab followed by a left that caught Quintana coming in and hurt him badly. Quintana tried to tie up but Williams was having none of it. A flurry to the body followed by two sharp hooks from the right and left inside kept Quintana on Queer Street. A long left set up by that attack set him down on it.
Quintana beat the count but was worse for wear and Williams wasn’t about to let this chance at an emphatic win slip through his grasp. Two more hard hooks and another long left from Williams sealed the deal as Quintana fell face first and tripped Williams on the way down as referee Ed Claudio called the bout to a halt at 2:15 of the first round.
Afterwards, an ecstatic Williams said, “We had a good training camp. We had good sparring (including Luis Collazo). We did a lot of strength training at 3, 4 AM. I take nothing away from Quintana. He caught me on a bad night. This time, everything was good. Clicking on time. The power was there.”
When asked how he felt he would respond to his first loss coming into this bout, Williams responded like a champion. “You can’t accept winning if you can’t accept losing. My trainer (George Peterson) and I looked at the film and said ‘We’ll let him come to us next time.’ Now I got the belt back.
As for what is next, Williams confidently laid out whom he would like in the division. “I want Cotto, Margarito, De La Hoya now that Mayweather is retired. The fans want action. Here I am.”
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