Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Mora and Rosado in the mix to meet Quillin
By Michael Woods
Peter Quillin has become a must-see fighter to me, after seeing him knockdown Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam five times in taking the WBO middleweight title on Oct. 20, 2012 at Barclays Center. The Manhattan-based boxer with a 29-0 mark (21 KOs) last gloved up April 27, scoring a TKO7 win over Fernando Guerrero at Barclays.
The 30-year-old hitter had Guerrero down four times in that bout, and the Twittersphere has made some noise about wanting to see "Kid Chocolate" in a title unification scrap against Gennady Golovkin, the WBA 160-pound champ. Golovkin (27-0 with 24 KOs) is busy, with a fight coming Nov. 2 against Curtis Stevens, so a Quillin-Golovkin bout isn't on the near horizon ... or maybe even the far-off horizon. With Golovkin's status as an HBO standout, and Quillin being a Golden Boy client, the gulf between HBO and Golden Boy could mean we don't get to see the fan-friendly tussle.
Quillin's co-manager, ex-Wall Streeter John Seip, told me he thinks that would be a shame. "Quillin versus Golovkin could be the fight to bring those entities back together," Seip told me.
For now, Seip said Quillin is penciled in for a fight on the Oct. 26 Bernard Hopkins Golden Boy/Showtime card in Atlantic City. The foe hasn't been chosen, but names in the mix, he said, include ex-champion Sergio Mora, and Gabriel Rosado.
"I hate having a dormant fighter, and there are no big fights available for the remainder of the year," said Seip, who manages Quillin along with Jimmy McDevitt.
A fight with Sergio Martinez, who holds the WBC middleweight crown, is appealing to Seip, but he's a realist. He said that he thinks Martinez has maybe two fights left in him, and wants to maximize his payouts, so a fight against a Quilllin, still growing his buzz, is likely not in the cards. "Sergio is vulnerable," Seip said, making the point that the power-punching Quillin maybe wouldn't be a stellar risk-reward choice.
Darren Barker (26-1) holds one of the 160 crowns, but Seip thinks the IBF titlist will fight a few times in England, and make some dough in his native land. Martin Murray, who Seip thinks got at least a draw against Martinez when they clashed in April, is someone who could be in the mix in the near future for Quillin, as well, he said.
But back to Golovkin. Seip said contrary to the occasional Twittershpere assertions that Quillin wants no part of Golovkin, his guy has no fear of the hard-hitting Kazahk.
"Absolutely not," Seip said when asked if Quillin is avoiding Golovkin. "Golovkin's dangerous, a good fighter, has good boxing skills but he hasn't really fought anyone, though some might say that about Peter as well. To me, Golovkin is a junior middleweight, he hasn't been touched by a Quillin. He's a walk-down guy, but the people Peter touches seem to change their style. That'd be a fabulous fight for boxing. If it didn't happen because of politics, then the fans would get screwed."
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