Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Quintana willing to face Williams, Angulo or Kirkland
Former titleholder Carlos Quintana, best known for his upset victories over then-undefeated Joel Julio and Paul Williams, is angling for a third match with Williams, who needs an opponent on July 9.
Former WBO welterweight beltholder Carlos Quintana is hoping to fight Paul Williams in a July 9 fight on HBO, filling a vacancy that popped up after the network rejected Williams' original opponent, Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan.
But Quintana also reportedly is looking for a fight this fall against either James Kirkland or Alfredo Angulo, according to his trainer.
"I talked to (promoter) Lou DiBella and I'm negotiating a fight for August or September," Jose Bonilla told Rey Colon of The Sport Press. "Those two (Kirkland and Angulo) were mentioned. They are strong, but Quintana is at a stage that we must seek fights where there is good money, and Quintana also is strong at 154."
Meanwhile, DiBella advised Boxing Scene that two of his boxers -- Quintana (28-3, 22 knockouts) and Deandre Latimore (22-3, 17 KOs) are available and ready to fill HBO's void for the Williams fight.
"Latimore will take that fight in a second, and so will Quintana," DiBella told Rick Reeno. "Quintana is a full 154-pounder. He told me he struggled to make 147 (against Andre Berto) and he really wants this fight.
"People can point to the quick knockout (in the Quintana-Williams rematch), but Williams got KO'd in the second round of his rematch with Sergio Martinez, so these things happen. I think at 154 it would be a different fight."
Quintana handed Williams the first defeat of his career, outpointing him over rounds in their WBO title fight in 2008. Williams scored a first-round knockout in the rematch four months later.
Latimore lost a split decision to Cory Spinks in 2009 and a to Sechew Powell in 2010. He defeated Darien Ford and Dennis Sharpe in his two most-recent outings.
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