Quillin confirms Rosado bout, talks Geale v Barker and Golovkin v Stevens

Phil Jay 16/09/2013

WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin has put the finishing touches to the second defence of his belt as Gabriel Rosado steps up to the plate for his second world title attempt of the year on October 26.

‘Kid Chocolate’ has been sifting through his available opponents for what will be the American’s debut at the famous Boardwalk in Atlantic City, with Rosado rumoured to have pipped former WBC champion Sergio Mora to the opportunity.

‘Yes, it is true, talks with Rosado are done and I am ready for my next defense,” Quillin told World Boxing News.

Quillin, 30, had been linked to a possible unification between the winner of Daniel Geale v Darren Barker throughout the summer, although upon the Briton’s victory, there was never any chance of a deal being done this year.

Asked whether a future encounter could be made with any of the other three title holders at 160lbs, the skilful unbeaten technician stated that he will leave that to his team and take on whoever they put in front of him.

“Geale and Barker fought a good fight, they both looked good. A lot of action, a lot of back and forth. I respect both fighters… until I fight one of them,” said Quillin

“But I’ve never been a matchmaker in my life. All I do is say yes to fights when the money is on the table. Once the fight is there, like Rosado is, that’s my only focus.

WBA and IBO belt holder Gennady Golovkin battered ‘King’ Rosado in seven rounds last January and Quillin will head into the contest in New Jersey as a heavy favourite to retain his crown.

Golovkin has recently rubberstamped his own defence against Curtis Stevens just a week later than Quillin v Rosado at Madison Square Garden Theater, with the Brooklyn-native intrigued by the match-up.

“That fight will be fireworks! Two punchers, two fighters. One wants to be a champion and one wants to prove that he’s a powerful champion. But I said before, I’m no matchmaker and we’ll just have to see what happens after Rosado.”

Living legend Bernard Hopkins’ rearranged clash with Karo Murat tops the bill as the wiley veteran looks to extend his reign as the oldest world champion of all time against his mandatory challenger.