Assuming he gets past Michael Zerafa, which I recognize is a pretty ballsy assumption, "Kid Chocolate" will get a shot at a new title late this year.
ESPN's Dan Rafael reports that the expected bout between former WBO champion Peter Quillin and current WBA champion Daniel Jacobs has a date and venue picked out.
I'm sure Zerafa will have something to say about counting chickens, and Quillin's going to have to be in tip-top shape to avoid getting egg on his face.
Okay, I'm done.
Jacobs (30-1, 27 KO) has knocked out ten opponents in a row, not counting osteosarcoma, and most recently had a cracking two-round slugfest with Sergio Mora that was unfortunately cut short due to a Mora ankle injury. The win marked his second defense of the WBA title he earned by stopping Australia's Jarrod Fletcher last year.
Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KO) got off to a ferocious start against Andy Lee in April, scoring two knockdowns in the first three rounds, but was knocked down and outworked down the stretch on route to a draw. Though possessed of phenomenal raw talented and physical ability, "Kid Chocolate" remains frustratingly inconsistent. He missed weight against Lee and has a habit of giving away rounds late, as he did against Gabriel Rosado.
In an ideal world, the winner of this would take on the winner of Golovkin-Lemieux, but since we don't live in an ideal world, let's just enjoy what's sure to be a fairly violent bout.