WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) has the kind of power and skills that could potentially give a fighter like WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) huge problems. It goes without saying that a fight between Quillin and Golovkin would be a huge, huge fight that would increase Quillin’s standing in boxing even if he were to lose.
It’s a fight that Quillin would have a good chance of increasing his popularity regardless of the outcome, as long as he didn’t get blasted out within 3 rounds like we saw last Saturday night with Daniel Geale losing to Golovkin by a 3rd round TKO. Unfortunately, Quillin’s adviser Al Haymon isn’t making the fight between Quillin and Golovkin despite the obvious interest in such a fight.
It’s thought by some that Haymon is keeping Quillin on ice for a potential big money fight against either Floyd Mayweather Jr or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, both of which would give Quillin his best chance of getting a career-high payday. It’s thought that Haymon wants to avoid putting Quillin in with Golovkin, and risking him losing his unbeaten record by a knockout loss to the hard hitting Kazakhstan fighter.
It’s unclear if that’s what Haymon’s motive is or not, but whatever the case, he’s not been showing any indications that he wants to put Quillin in against any dangerous opponents. You can kind of see that by the fighters that he’s faced since he captured the WBO middleweight title in 2012 in beating Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam by a 12 round decision. Since that fight, Quillin has defended his title three times, beating Fernando Guerrero, Gabriel Rosado and Lukas Konecny. Those are three very safe fights for Quillin, and not nearly the kinds of risk taking fights that we’re currently seeing with Golovkin.
#8 WBC Andy Lee is being mentioned as a possible next opponent for Quillin to fight. Lee is a fighter who was exposed two years ago in a knockout loss to former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr when he fought him for his WBC title. Lee has since worked his way back to a title shot with 5 consecutive victories against mostly low level opposition. If Quillin doesn’t face Lee, he’s going to need to defend against his #1 WBO mandatory challenger Matt Korobov, who could be a tricky opponent due to his power and his technical skills. You can bet that Haymon will avoid making that fight until he absolutely has to because Korobov could be a potential landmine for Quillin, even though he has serious stamina issues.