By Jake Donovan
Pending signed contracts from all parties involved, the middleweight title fight between unbeaten titlist Peter Quillin and undefeated mandatory challenger will take place November 1 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The bout was rumored to land in Brooklyn or Washington D.C., two locations where Roc Nation Sports – Jay Z’s sports agency, making its boxing event debut with this card – holds a promoter’s license. Barclays Center makes the most sense, given Jay Z’s direct ties to the venue. The CEO of Barclays Center is Brett Yormark, whose brother Michael serves in a similar role for Roc Nation.
Korobov has signed and submitted his contract, and is waiting to hear from similar news from Quillin to confirm that all loose ends for this fight have been resolved.
“We’re done,” confirmed Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank, who promotes Korobov. “(The fight will take place) November 1 in Brooklyn. No TV (has been) mentioned (yet).”
Washington D.C. was in play when the bout was tentatively slated to take place on November 8. The date was chosen due to a previously conflicting concert scheduled at Barclays, but the event has since been moved to free up room for this bout.
Neither HBO nor Showtime has anything currently scheduled for November 1. HBO returns on November 8, with a three-belt light heavyweight unification title fight between Bernard Hopkins and unbeaten Sergey Kovalev. That fight also recently settled on a home, landing at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The threat of dueling dates led many to wonder whether the middleweight fight would still land in Brooklyn – barely 100 miles away – or head to D.C., where Quillin (31-0, 22KOs) last appeared in a 12-round points win over Lucas Konecny this past April.
In returning to Barclays, Quillin heads home so to speak. The undefeated Cuban-American won his alphabet title at the venue in a 12-round win over Hassan N’Jam N’Dikam during the venue’s inaugural boxing event October ’12, and returned six months later for his first title defense, a 7th round stoppage of Fernando Guerrero.
The showdown with Korobov marks his fourth title defense overall, for which he will receive by far the biggest payday of his career. Thanks the exorbitant winning bid of $1,904,840 turned in by Roc Nation, Quillin stands to take home more than $1.4 million in his role as defending champ. His entire middleweight title reign has taken place on Showtime.
Korobov (24-0, 14KOs) fights in his first title bout, also receiving a career-high payday. As the mandatory challenger, the crafty Russian – now based out of Florida – will earn more than $476,000.
The title opportunity for Korobov came about after scoring a unanimous decision over Jose Uzcategui in their title eliminator this past June.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox