Rick Reeno reports that the scheduled IBF junior welterweight eliminator fight between Lamont Peterson and Victor Cayo is once again off. This time, the fight was supposed to be the co-feature on the July 23 Amir Khan vs Zab Judah show from Las Vegas on HBO. The fight was previously supposed to be a Friday Night Fights headliner, but fell through when Cayo suffered a training injury. This time, Cayo doesn't like the contract from Golden Boy, and the fight will head to a purse bid.
But there's also an addition to the show just announced, as Peter Quillin (24-0, 18 KO) returns to the ring against veteran Tarvis Simms (27-1-1, 11 KO). Simms, at 5'9", isn't really a super middleweight, but has shown in the recent past that he can fight competitively at the weight in a narrow loss to Allan Green, a fight I felt Simms had done enough to win. That was in October 2009. Simms is now 40 and has fought twice since signing with Main Events late last year. Quillin has the goods physically and will have natural advantages, including youth, but Simms is a tricky, crafty guy who can give superior physical specimens trouble.
Also on the show, Joel Julio (37-4, 31 KO) will face Antwone Smith (20-2-1, 12 KO) in a welterweight bout. Julio and Smith were supposed to fight on May 20, but Smith pulled out and left us with a Friday Night Fights main event between Julio and Anges Adjaho, which is in the running for worst TV fight of 2011. I almost feel like Smith, who left us with Adjaho, has more atone for than does Julio.