Former middleweight champion Peter Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) makes his ring return on September 12th when he takes on Michael Zerafa (17-1, 9 KOs) in a Saturday afternoon fight on PBC on NBC. The card will be held at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
"I'm ready and excited to return to the ring on NBC on September 12," said Quillin. "I'm already deep into training camp and preparing to be in the best shape of my career. I know my opponent is dangerous and he's coming to make a name for himself. I'm at the top of my game and I plan to stay there."
I won't insult you fine folks by pretending to know who Michael Zerafa even is, other than to say he's an unrated Australian prospect (although Boxrec has him ranked 91st) - so perhaps he's a younger, less talented version of Anthony Mundine? I'm really grasping at straws here, I just know that an undefeated former world champion should not be taking on this kind of opponent as a headliner. This is a huge step down in competition for Quillin after drawing with Andy Lee this past April.
Luckily, this card has a much more palatable match-up with a co-headlining junior middleweight bout between Cornelius Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) and Jermall Charlo (21-0, 16 KOs). The 40-year-old Bundrage hasn't fought since beating Carlos Molina for the IBF title in Mexico last October.
"It's a blessing to be the junior middleweight world champion," said Bundrage. "I want to thank my entire team for making this fight happen. I'm looking forward to my debut on PBC and successfully defending my second world title. Detroit is where the title is at, it's not going anywhere. I will be ready to give my supporters all around the world a great performance, in victory."
This will be 25-year-old Jermall Charlo's first title shot, one he's been eagerly awaiting.