By Phil D. Jay
Undefeated middleweight contender Peter Quillin is ready to take on one of the world champions at 160lbs once he has defeated a former undisputed king and future Hall of Famer Ronald ‘ Winky’ Wright on May 26th.
The 28 year-old, who has a perfect 26-0 record with 20 stoppages, meets the one-time best light-middleweight in the world in the late spring after negotiations almost failed before the fight was eventually agreed this month.
"I've been working hard to get a good fight, so this is a sign of relief that I got the fight I wanted," Quillin told World Boxing News.
"He is a good fighter who has accomplished a lot during his long career, but all good things must come to an end.”
Quillin has been steadily taking out fringe contenders on his way to the world’s top 10 and has ended his last five bouts early on his march toward a world title tilt, but thinks Wright may be a slightly tougher proposition.
"Every fight I'm in is my toughest fight,” Quillin explained.
"I'll prepare as I usually do to make sure everything is done in the gym so I can walk off with a W."
"This is the fight can that get me a world title shot so I will be prepared for anything he brings."
Washington-born Wright, 40, has fought just once in a five-year period of inactivity and is without a win for another six months on top of that since defeating Ike Quartey in December 2006.
The fight will represent the southpaw’s final chance to get back in the mix in boxing, knowing a defeat for the four-belt world champion would almost certainly bring the curtain down on his glittering 22-year career.
Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net.