Fernando Guerrero looks like he's getting the call to face Peter Quillin for the WBO middleweight title on February 9, which at least might thankfully rule out Jermain Taylor in the same role.
Fernando Guerrero could be the opponent for WBO middleweight titlist Peter Quillin on February 9, according to Ernest Gabion at BoxingScene.com, who says that Guerrero has accepted a proposal for the fight.
Guerrero (25-1, 19 KO) is a 26-year-old fighter who had built up a solid local following in Salisbury, Maryland, so of course when he signed with adviser Al Haymon, the first order of business was to put the kibosh on that and send him places where he had no fans. His lone career loss came in an experiment dropping down to 154 pounds last year, when he was stopped by Grady Brewer on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Since then, he's won four straight, but you wouldn't exactly call the competition stiff. To this day, the best wins on his record have come against Ishe Smith (2010), Gabriel Rosado (2009), and Ossie Duran (2009), and in each of those fights, he had some struggles.
Most likely, Guerrero is not about to become a serious contender, which is a decent enough reason to not think much of this potential matchup, but the good news is that he's not Jermain Taylor, a guy who isn't a serious contender anymore, isn't in any demand, and also can't really take punches anymore. A 26-year-old Guerrero would be getting an opportunity; a 34-year-old Taylor would be a gross sacrifice for Quillin (28-0, 20 KO), and I've not seen anyone say a single good thing about the Quillin-Taylor idea, and this is a fan base that in spots can find reasons to excuse Shane Mosley main events in 2013, and had people gullible and driven by nostalgia enough that they thought Glen Johnson would beat George Groves yesterday.