Friday, August 30, 2013
Quillin-Murray falls through
By Dan Rafael
Middleweight titleholder “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin will defend his belt at some point this fall, possibly on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat fight Oct. 26 (Showtime) in Atlantic City, N.J. But it could have been in England.
Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer said he was trying to put together a fight in which Quillin would have traveled to face Martin Murray, holder of an interim belt who gave champion Sergio Martinez all he could handle in a close decision loss in April on his turf. But the fight fell apart, Schaefer said, over his inability to deal with Hatton Promotions’ Richard Poxon, director of boxing for former junior welterweight champ Ricky Hatton’s company.
“Ricky Hatton is a great friend of mine. I have a great relationship with him, but that doesn’t change the fact that this Richard Poxon is an impossible guy to deal with,” Schaefer said, throwing in a couple of other colorful words to describe him. “If he had other ways the fighter can make more money or do this or that, I get that. But we offered him $250,000 for Murray to fight Peter Quillin, and Quillin was willing to go to the U.K. in November or December.
“Instead of (Poxon) saying, ‘where do we sign,’ he talked himself out of it. Murray probably didn’t even know about the offer we made. (Poxon) doesn’t know what he wants and is not experienced in getting fights done.”
One fight being ticketed for the Hopkins-Murat card is super middleweight titlist Sakio Bika in his first defense against Anthony Dirrell.
“I need to talk to Showtime about seeing if we can make that a tripleheader,” said Schaefer, hoping to also include a possible Quillin defense on the show.