Peter Quillin, Kid Chocolate in the Middle of the Confusing Middleweight Division
By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
New York, NY (September 9th, 2014)– Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin has relinquished his WBO World Middleweight title after several WBO time extensions, and passed on 1.4 million dollars to defend his World Boxing Organization World Middleweight title against beatable Matt Korobov in Brooklyn at Barclays Center in November. Jay Z and his Rocnation Sports had bid 1.9 million to promote Quillin versus Korobov. Boxing advisor Al Haymon advises Quillin. One wonders if Quillin is headed down the correct career path. Only time will tell. It seems confusing.
If Quillin had defended his WBO strap, he might have next been looking at a bout with Danny Jacobs at Barclays Center afterwards. Jacobs holds the regular WBA Middleweight title after stopping Jarrod Fletcher at Barclays Center last month.
The ‘real’ world middleweight titleholder Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and his trainer Abel Sanchez must be looking at all the middleweight oompah-ah noise with a little bit of madness. How many rounds would these pretenders last against Golovkin, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. or Miguel Cotto? As Golovkin prepares for Marco Antonio Rubio, the most worthy challenger alive in the division, one question remains: how did the middleweight division fracture up so badly, when GGG is the most deserved of universally recognized middleweight champions? What is all of this confusing middleweight business about?
Australian Sam Soliman, 40, is readying for his bout with former middleweight titleholder Jermaine Taylor, currently released on bail after shooting his cousin five times in a domestic dispute centering on protecting his family while his relative demanded immediate money for crack cocaine. Yes, Taylor is the same Jermaine Taylor who once beat Bernard Hopkins twice by decision in the strange matchup of the middleweight division. The same middleweight division where Thomas Hearns, who knocked out Roberto Duran, got knocked out and lost to Iran Barkley twice. Then world middleweight titleholder Barkley got knocked down and lost his title by decision to Roberto Duran. GGG would like to fight Cotto. However, Cotto is apparently waiting for the chance to fight Saul Alvarez in 2015, but must wait as trainer Freddie Roach is currently unavailable, as Freddie is now working with Manny Pacquiao in the Philippines for his bout with Chris Algieri.