WBO middleweight king Peter Quillin is pleased that the talent in his division is creating such a buzz recently as the undefeated American plots another defence of his title in the coming months.
The 30 year-old made successfully negotiated his maiden challenger in Fernando Guerrero in April and has been linked to some big unification clashes with Sergio Martinez, Daniel Geale and Gennady Golovkin since then.
With Martinez out injured until next spring and Geale signed up to fight Darren Barker in August, there had been some whispers that ‘Kid Chocolate’ could be in line to meet ‘GGG’ in November, although Quillin is intent on waiting until there are bigger numbers involved in a match-up with the KO specialist.
“Golovkin was involved in very exciting fight (in stopping Matthew Macklin in three rounds) and I’m very excited to see so much flourishing talent in the middleweight division,” Quillin told World Boxing News.
“Yes he has a has a belt and I have a belt, but the truth of the matter is that the money isn’t there right now to fight Golovkin.
“If I can get the money, I would take the fight,” he added.
Golovkin’s recent eye-catching win has placed the Kazakhstan fighter as a real contender to Martinez as the number one in the division, although Quillin would rather dispute that in the ring than with the debated rankings.
“Listen, I’m not a judge and not able to see how that is put together, but he built credentials that made him number two and I built credentials that made me number four,” pointed out Quillin.
“Right now, I am just focused fighting again in October or November and I am very excited for it to be by the end of this year.”
Martin Murray has been earmarked as a possible opponent for Golovkin, 31, as he gears up to return in New York on November 2, although visa issues look to have scuppered that bout before it even began negotiations.