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Peter Quillin’s search for big fights
Undefeated WBO middleweight champion, Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs) is calling out the best at 160. While he is still establishing himself as one of the big up and coming names in boxing, Quillin has amassed two successful defenses of his title in his first 13 months as a world champion.
In his recent bout, Quillin won a hard-fought TKO victory against Gabriel Rosado on October 26, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The bout was the co-featured attraction to Bernard Hopkins’ IBF light-heavyweight title defense against Karo Murat and was televised live on SHOWTIME.
Quillin’s bout with Rosado ended abruptly in the eyes of many, as an official ringside doctor ruled that Rosado should not resume after suffering a nasty cut above his eye. The fight was a very close fight (surprisingly), as Rosado may have had a chance to pull off the upset. Nonetheless, what may have, could have and did not happen. Quillin found a way to win another exciting fight filled with drama and anticipation.
Quillin is still the WBO 160-pound champion and is emerging as one of the big names to beat. Obviously Quillin would love to entice guys like Sergio Martinez Gennady Golovkin, Felix Sturm, and Darrin Barker into a series of fights. However, boxing has its politics and Quillin would simply have to wait.
“It’s not up to me who I fight,” Quillin said recently. “If the money is right, I’m up for any of the top names, especially Martinez and Golovkin, but everybody is aware of what’s going on behind the scenes (SHOWTIME vs. HBO). My job is to work hard and be ready.”
Martinez and Golovkin deal exclusively with HBO. Quillin, under contract as a Golden boy fighter, fights exclusively under SHOWTIME as for the rest of the Golden Boy stable. Obviously Martinez and Golovkin will fight anyone approved by HBO, while Golden Boy has the luxury of matching a pool of fighters from their stable against one another. It doesn’t matter what Golden Boy decides, SHOWTIME is on board. Unlike when Golden Boy dealt with HBO, the matches had to be approved by HBO executives whom had the right to disapprove fights. Even though promoters can have deals in place with each other and their fighters, if HBO didn’t approve of the fights, the promoters may have been forced to do fights without HBO as a buyer.
One of the best decisions that Quillin made for himself was signing with Golden Boy Promotions. Quillin, under the advisement of Al Haymon and co-managers John Selp and Jim McDevitt, fought his last three fights (all world championship bouts) on SHOWTIME.
Quillin’s fights against N’Dam, Fernando Guerrero, and Rosado would never have been approved by HBO. Thankfully, Quillin did extremely well in each of his performances by scoring knockdowns in the three fights combined.
Quillin continues to leave everyone that watches him fight thirsting for more. As long as Quillin remains a world champion, the big fights that he’s looking for will eventually emerge.
Recently, Quillin shared his perspective on some of the big names in the middleweight division. Of course the class of the 160-pound class is WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.
“He is the one everybody has as No. 1 in the middleweight division,” Quillin said. “Martinez has fought some very exciting fights. He’s a showman in the ring.”
Sergio Martinez is truly the class of the middleweight division. His performances are spectacular, as he is one of the very best boxers in the world over the last several years. Martinez’ performances against Paul Williams, Matthew Macklin, Darrin Barker, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., and Kelly Pavlik are classic, classy, and career-defining. Martinez is a showman and can do it all inside the boxing ring.
Gennady Golovkin, the undefeated WBA middleweight champion, could be the heir apparent to Martinez in the middleweight division. While Martinez has been sidelined by injury, Golovkin has been increasingly active, fighting four world title fights in 2013 and is already planning a February 2014 title fight – his 10th defense of the WBA 160-pound belt.
“A power puncher,” Quillin says of Golovkin. “Golovkin brings power to the ring and gets a lot of knockouts.”
Another name in the middleweight division is former longtime WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm. Sturm is a three time world middleweight champion and a veteran of 19 world title fights. As successful Sturm is, he is best-recognized for his controversial June 2004 WBO middleweight title loss to Oscar De La Hoya. Sturm was dominant and boxed the fight of his career, but lost a nasty decision to De La Hoya ijn Las Vegas. Sturm hasn’t fought in the U.S. since and has achieved legendary status fighting in his native Germany.
“I haven’t seen too much of him,” Quillin said. “I hope Sturm pursues more fights to make the middleweight division even tougher than it is now.”
Quillin was also complementary of both Daniel Geale and Darrin Barker. The two fought one another in the summer with Barker winning the IBF middleweight title from Geale here in the U.S. Geale, who outpointed Sturm to unify the WBA/IBF 160-pound belts in December 2012, lost his title to Barker, who once challenged Sergio Martinez. Barker is set to make his first title defense against Sturm on December 7, in Germany.
“[Barker] always puts his best foot forward and always tries as hard as possible,” Quillin said. “Barker and I would bring a lot of fireworks into the ring. [Geale] another exciting fighter who bangs with the best, it worked for a while against Barker.”
While Quillin is complementary of the world’s best, is truly believes that he is the best middleweight in the world and is willing to prove it against the world’s best.
“[A very exciting guy always looking for new ways to win,” Quillin says of himself. “He has the power, showmanship, and a lot of smarts in the ring.”
DiBella Entertainment delivers, electrifies Aviator
Golden Boy Promotions has dominated boxing headlines for most of 2013 by staging some of the most groundbreaking, record-shattering fight cards in boxing history featuring some of the best fighters in the world. While Golden Boy will continue to change the boxing promotion business, there are still some promoters that can still do it big on a smaller scale.
Lou DiBella, the CEO of DiBella Entertainment, proved once again last Saturday that a seasoned boxing promoter can stage a local fight card without the television outlet of a HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC , VERSUS, or Fox Sports, and still deliver and action-packed fight card in front of a sold out crowd.
DiBella Entertainment sold out the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY last Saturday. The main event featured a crossroads fight between two Brooklynites in desperate need of a victory, as Gabriel Rosado (23-1, 4 KOs) won a 10-round decision against Dimitry Salita 35-2-1, 18 KOs) in a welterweight contest.
The judges scored the bout 100-89, 99-90, and 97-92. It was another dominant performance from Bracero.
The bout had lots of action, as Bracero and Salita engaged in fierce exchanges. Perhps the most dramatic round was the eighth when Bracero floored Salita down following a left hand. Bracero tied as best as he could to finish Salita with a barrage of punches, but Dimitry survived. Bracero dominated the eighth before bloodying Salita in round nine. Both fighters exchanged punches in the middle of the ring to the delight of their hometown supporters.
Also on the card, the highly-touted Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy stopped Ana Gomez in the second round to win the women’s junior featherweight title. Hardy simply started off fast by dominating Gomez with a series of punches that had the champion in immediate danger. Hardy was simply too fast, too aggressive, and too powerful for Gomez. Hardy stopped Gomez at 1:44 seconds of the second round.
Junior middleweight contender Charlie Ohta (23-1-1, 15 KOs)defeated Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9 KOs), via eight-round majority decision. Ohta, ranked WBA/WBO #11 and IBF #13, and Ruiz countered each other with booming right hands throughout. Ohta was more of a boxer, as he chose to stay outside of Ruiz’ aggressiveness. Ohta did well fighting on the outside, but Ruiz was very effective himself. Ohta was ahead on the scorecards 79-74, 77-75, and 76-76.
Junior ‘Sugar Boy’ Youman’s professional debut was a complete success. The young 18-year-old earned a first round stoppage of Kenneth Schmitz. Youman dropped Schmitz in the opening seconds of the fight and was all over his opponent. Youman’s speed, power, and movement was too overbearing for his opponent to match. The bout lasted 104 seconds.
New York’s Patrick ‘All’ Day (5-0-1, 2 KOs) fought Umat Ryskeldiev (5-3-1, 4 KOs ) to a surprising majority decision after six rounds. Ryskeldiev charged hard, forcing Day to box carefully. Day didn’t land anything significant that would thwart the constant pressure of Ryskeldiev away. Day was constantly pressured, but boxed well. While one judge scored the bout 59-55, the other two officials had it 57-57 even.
Lightweight prospect Shemuel Pagan (4-0, 1 KO) won a unanimous decision over Jesus Cintron.
Undefeated super lightweight Louis Cruz (5-0, 3 KOs) knocked out Bryan Acaba at 1:24 seconds of round two with a pair of concussive left hands to the face.
Chris Galeano (1-1), a former #1-ranked amateur and national champion as an amateur, won a unanimous decision over Jamil Gadsden. Galeano had to box a disciplined fight, as a cut from an accidental head butt left a pool of blood streaming from his left eye. Galeano didn’t panic and boxed a controlled fight. The judges had him up 40-37 (twice) and 39-37.
In September Galeano turned professional, only to lose his professional debut to David Rohn. Galeano was floored in the first and fourth rounds. It’s good to see that the young kid was able to rebound from his first defeat, survive a huge crisis fighting with a cut, and win his first career bout.
Hard-punching light-heavyweight Joe Smith (13-1, 11 KOs) won a six-round split decision against Lamont Williams (5-3-1, 2 KOs).