A potentially very interesting fight between WBO middleweight titleholder Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin and Martin Murray has been sank, and according to Quillin's promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, the blame lies with Hatton Promotions, and specifically, their Director of Boxing, Richard Poxon.
Schaefer said that Poxon is "an idiot" and "doesn't know what he's doing."
"We had one opponent in mind, Martin Murray - but the people he is with are impossible to deal with. ... We said we can have Peter Quillin come to England, no problem. But unfortunately [Murray] has a promoter who doesn't know what the hell he's doing. If you have the wrong promoter, that guy can really fuck up your career. And here you have Martin Murray, coming off an unbelievable performance, and you have Peter Quillin who is willing to come to England - and [Poxon] finds a way not to make it happen."
Murray (25-1-1, 11 KO) has reportedly been involved with negotiations -- or at least floated ideas -- to face both Quillin and WBA titlist Gennady Golovkin. It would appear that neither fight will be happening, which is a shame, as Murray, 30, is about as hot as he's going to get, and windows close fast in boxing. With such a great performance against Sergio Martinez, you'd think Murray and Hatton would want to strike while the iron is hot. Hatton is working with Frank Warren's BoxNation now, but at this point their roster is fairly depleted, and they just aren't running shows.
Quillin (29-0, 21 KO) is due to return on October 26 in Atlantic City as part of the Hopkins-Murat card. Gabriel Rosado was also reportedly offered the fight for a paltry $50,000 or so, which he turned down.