Quillin to face Guerrero?

December, 17, 2012
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It was rumored that Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin would face Jermain Taylor on Feb. 9 at Barclays Center, in Quillin's first defense of the WBO middleweight crown he wrested from Hassan N'Dam on Oct. 20 in Brooklyn. Pundits and fans rejected that, pointing out that the 34-year-old Taylor hasn't looked exceedingly sharp since coming back after leaving the ring following a TKO loss to Arthur Abraham in October 2009, Taylor's second straight KO loss.

So it looks like Plan B might be in effect, and Quillin, the 29-year-old NYC resident with a 28-0 record, could fight Maryland resident Fernando Guerrero (25-1). That's what Boxrec.com, the popular records and schedule site on the Net, is showing.

I asked Quillin if Quillin-Guerrero is signed, sealed and delivered. I have signed nothing, Quillin answered.

Guerrero, 26, has won four straight since losing via TKO to 27-11 Grady Brewer. Guerrero, a lefty, isn't seen as a current or future star in the middleweight division, by and large, but most see him as a more viable threat than Taylor to topple Quillin.

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Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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