LAS VEGAS — Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin will put his WBO middleweight belt on the line against Philadelphia’s Gabriel Rosado on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins’ IBF light heavyweight title defense against Karo Murat on Oct. 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
The clash between Quillin (29-0, 21 knockouts) and Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs) came together over the weekend, just prior to Saturday night’s unanimous decision by Floyd Mayweather Jr. over Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“That fight is done,” Schaefer said after the Mayweather-Alvarez post-fight press conference. “Quillin and Rosado is done.”
In his past two performances at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Quillin dropped Hassan N’Dam six times on his way to a unanimous decision for the WBO belt last October, and he scored four more knockdowns during a seventh-round stoppage of Fernando Guerrero in his first defense of that title in April.
In June of last year, Quillin, 30, dropped former titleholder Winky Wright in the fifth round of an eventual unanimous decision victory.
“The fans like to see me. You can always expect fireworks, and I train very hard to be able to do that,” said Quillin.
“I learn how to win one round at a time, and I don’t look beyond that. I think that is what special about me. I don’t look for the knockout, I just let it come naturally… I hope to put on a good performance for the fans, which is the reason why I do this.”
Rosado is coming off of a fight with J’Leon Love in May, a split-decision loss that became a no-decision after Love was fined $10,000 and suspended for six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his failed post-fight drug examination.
Before facing Love, Rosado lost by a bloody seventh-round stoppage to WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin, ending his run of seven straight victories, five of them by knockout.
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