Although Peter Quillin had a tough time of it, he got the job done and retained his middleweight world title for the second time when he stopped Gabriel Rosado on a cut in the 10th round on Oct. 26 in Atlantic City, N.J.
Quillin dropped Rosado in the second round but was having problems in the middle rounds before opening the bad cut on Rosado's left eyelid in the ninth round, which led to the stoppage.
The 30-year-old Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs) deserves credit for getting through a difficult fight, especially given the personal situation he was going through during the last part of his training camp. While in the midst of training in Los Angeles, Quillin's wife, Allison, was home in New York and suffered a miscarriage five months into her pregnancy.
"I struggled with it," Quillin said. "I was obligated to camp, 3,000 miles away, and she had to go through it without me being there to comfort her. We're praying together and I'm working on being more compassionate."
Quillin is putting the miscarriage and the fight with Rosado behind him and has returned to light training, even though he doesn't have his next fight lined up.
"I took a week off and bought my dream car," he said of his new red Corvette Stingray. "I get depressed when I'm not working out. My wife goes to work and I'm all alone. I need to be active to be productive, so I went right back into the gym. My dad taught me how to clear my head. I'm staying ready and in shape, just in case the opportunity for my career-defining fight comes along."
Getting that big fight is going to be tough. Although Quillin might end up defending against Golden Boy Promotions teammate Daniel Jacobs in early 2014, he knows he is a long way from getting one of the big names in the division because of the divide that has his promoter working exclusively with Showtime on premium cable cards while many of the other top middleweights, including champion Sergio Martinez and red-hot titleholder Gennady Golovkin, have been fighting on HBO.
"If the money is right, I'm up for fighting any of the top names, especially Martinez and Golovkin, but everybody's aware of what's going on behind the scenes," Quillin said. "My job is to work hard and be ready."
Quillin offered his take on some of the top middleweights:
Martinez: "He is the one everybody has as No. 1 in the middleweight division. Martinez has fought some very exciting fights. He's a showman in the ring."
Golovkin: "A power puncher. Golovkin brings power into the ring and gets a lot of knockouts."
Darren Barker (titleholder): "He always puts his best foot forward and always tries as hard as possible. Barker and I would bring a lot of fireworks into the ring."
Daniel Geale (former titlist): "Another exciting fighter who bangs with the best. It worked for a while against Barker."
Felix Sturm (former titlist): "I haven't seen too much of him. I hope Sturm pursues more fights to make the middleweight division even tougher than it is right now."
Martin Murray (interim titlist): "He is determined and exciting. I can't take anything away from Murray."