Peter Quillin will defend his WBO middleweight title against Gabriel Rosado, and Deontay Wilder also looks likely to return on the October 26 Showtime card, with Bernard Hopkins headlining against Karo Murat at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Quillin (29-0, 21 KO) has fought just once this year, predictably dominating Fernando Guerrero in April in his first defense of the title that he won last October from Hassan N'dam. Rosado (21-6, 13 KO) has fought twice in 2013, losing to Gennady Golovkin in January on HBO, and then to J'Leon Love on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard on May 4. That loss was changed to a no-contest when Love failed a drug test, and plenty of people felt Rosado deserved the win in the first place, though the fight was more competitive and debatable than a robbery.
"Rosado always comes to fight and he's getting another world title opportunity. For Quillin, it's another opportunity to showcase his talents against a good opponent."
If I'm being 100% honest, I don't think a lot of the matchup myself, but I'll always be happy for a guy like Rosado getting chances like this instead of someone who is either shot or just not any good, but with a fluffy record. It's a credible enough fight, basically. Quillin is a bit limited for opponents given his relationship with Al Haymon and Golden Boy, meaning he has to fight on Showtime, and can't fight anyone from Top Rank, and all the other nonsense.
Wilder (29-0, 29 KO) will look to go 30-for-30, probably against some old nerd or whatever. There's no reason to have him fight a contender, nor is there really a contender available to be third from the top on a Showtime card in six weeks. Schaefer is hammering nails into the coffin by comparing Wilder to Seth Mitchell:
"I do think that the Atlantic City, New Jersey and New York fight crowd can certainly fall in love with Deontay Wilder, just like they fell in love with Seth Mitchell."
Schaefer also says that these are all "significant fights." You could argue that.