Peter Quillin will be back on September 8, but doesn't have an opponent yet. (Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime)
Middleweight contender Peter Quillin will be back on the September 8 Showtime card, which is headlined by a Randall Bailey vs Devon Alexander fight, and the rumored opponent at the moment is Marco Antonio Rubio, the Mexican veteran who returned to the ring this past Saturday and picked up an easy win.
Quillin (27-0, 20 KO) last fought on June 2, beating comebacking Winky Wright, and sending him into an acknowledged retirement. The 29-year-old "Kid Chocolate" is attempting to fast track his way to a major title at the moment, promoted by Golden Boy and managed by Al Haymon.
Rubio (54-6-1, 47 KO) generally doesn't face quality opposition without a world title on the line, as outside of his win over David Lemieux, he faced a steady diet of mediocre opponents between losses to Kelly Pavlik in 2009 and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in February of this year. And Rubio fought Lemieux with the idea that it had been a WBC eliminator, which wound up not being the case, or so the WBC said, or whatever.
Unless it's a really good money offer or some kind of title eliminator, I honestly have a hard time seeing Rubio signing up for this thing. He can do his usual deal and fight weak opposition in Mexico while waiting around for another opportunity to knock on his door. But it's not a bad fight if he does take it, though Quillin would be a pretty heavy favorite. If Rubio isn't the opponent, there are plenty of guys in the fringe contender world at 160, or someone could come up from 154. My only real preference is that we aren't given another Nobuhiro Ishida or Kermit Cintron fight.