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Quillin is in a very tough spot as a Golden Boy-promoted fighter in the 160-pound weight class. Golden Boy has an exclusive deal with SHOWTIME to televise their bouts exclusively on their media outlets. Therefore, Quillin isn’t free to pursue fights with WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin since they fight exclusively on HBO. IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm doesn’t do business with American television, and fights exclusively in Germany.
Quillin has made the most of his opportunities. He won the WBO 160-pound title during the first ever world title fight at the Barclays Center in October 2012. Quillin scored six knockdowns during a sensational 12-round performance, a career-best. Quillin returned to the Barclays Center in April 2013 to demolish Fernando Guerrero in spectacular fashion. Quillin, in his second defense of the 160-pound title at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, defeated the ever-tough and game, Gabriel Rosado.
All three of Quillin’s world title fight were exciting, dramatic, dominant, and televised on SHOWTIME. Quillin’s fourth world title fight against Konecny is against a guy that has more victories than Quillin has professional fights.ke Quillin’s career to new heights?
“Some things cannot be explained,” Quillin said. “I’m not a matchmaker, never has been and its too late now. I have the most powerful team in boxing. I let them decide who I fight. I learned not to worry about what people say. Hey I want to fight the best middleweights in the world, but I understand boxing is a business. I just stay focused on who I’m fighting and Konecny has 50 wins.”
While Quillin is making a solid name for himself, Martinez, at age 39, remains the class of the middleweight division. Martinez is expected to be in top form on June 7, as Miguel Cotto hopes to become the first Puerto Rican in boxing history to win world titles in four separate weight divisions (160, 154, 147, and 140 lbs.). The two are scheduled to meet in the main event of a HBO Pay-Per-View event at Madison Square Garden.
Golovkin, who won all of his world title fights by knockout, battles Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in July.
“If the money’s 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 (networks). My job is to work hard and be ready.”
Usually Quillin trains away from home in Los Angeles, CA, but for this fight he opted to remain home in New York City to be close to his pregnant wife Allison, who suffered a miscarriage while Quillin was away at camp in L.A. while preparing for the Rosado fight last October. This fight on Saturday is everything to Quillin regardless of the quality of opposition.
“I fight for my family, fans, and friends,” Quillin said. “I’m proud to be American-Cuban. I enjoy being an inspiration for people, especially immigrants like my father who came to America looking for a better life. I even got my GED a few months ago to better myself outside the ring. I am living the American dream.”