Golden Boy and Showtime are coming out swinging for their debut card at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on October 20, and have added a third world title fight to the bill, as Peter Quillin will take on WBO middleweight titlist Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam.
The card will be headlined by a rematch between WBC and WBA junior welterweight titlist Danny Garcia and Erik Morales, with Brooklyn's Paulie Malignaggi defending his WBA welterweight title against Pablo Cesar Cano in the main undercard slot.
Quillin vs N'Jikam might, however, actually be the most interesting fight of a good card.
Quillin (27-0, 20 KO) has overcome some downtime and some rust-shaking to emerge as a contender in the middleweight division, and now will be taking his toughest matchup to date, at least on paper. His last two wins over Craig McEwan and Winky Wright have been televised by HBO and Showtime, respectively, and given him some decent exposure. He also goes out of his way to be "charismatic," which isn't really my cup of tea, but it's worked for a lot of other guys who need to get the attention any way possible, so good for him.
N'Jikam (27-0, 17 KO) is a good fighter, and a good boxer, but his best win is either over Giovanni Lorenzo (which had a little controversy) or Max Bursak, so we're not talking about someone who has firmly established himself either. That's the beauty of this fight: Someone's going to prove they belong.
Or I guess it could wind up like Vanes Martirosyan vs Joe Greene, and at the end of the fight, it seems like no one really belongs. That's the dick way to look at it, and I've thrown it in for funsies.
N'Jikam was recently discussed as a potential opponent for Miguel Cotto on December 1, as well, so you can count that out.