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Quillin Still Eyes Martinez-Cotto, Golovkin-Chavez Winners

By Ryan Maquiñana

Peter Quillin made the third defense of his middleweight world title belt in dominant fashion Saturday night in a near-shutout of Lucas Konecny, but the unbeaten Cuban-American is cognizant that the bigger fights are over the horizon.

After the win, Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) told Showtime’s Jim Gray that he continues to eye the fellow marquee names in the 160-pound division. When the 30-year-old was asked if he was on the level with fellow titleholders Gennady Golovkin and Sergio Martinez.

“Yes,” Quillin said. “With Al Haymon in my corner of course I do. Any one of those guys, I’m ready. I’m fit. I sparred Golovkin many rounds and he’s a good champion, but like I said, I definitely didn’t come up here for easy fights. That’s the only career-defining fight that’s out there.

“Sergio Martinez, the winner of (Miguel) Cotto, I would like you. The winner out of (Julio Cesar) Chavez (Jr.) versus Golovkin, I would like to take that fight. Like I said, we’re just trying to get better.”

However, with the “Cold War” in place, Quillin might have to settle for Daniel Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs) first.

“If Danny Jacobs is on the menu, let’s do it,” Quillin said. “As long as Al Haymon can give me the money I deserve, let’s do it.”

In the meantime, Quillin is looking forward to his first child with his wife, Allison, who is pregnant. The couple endured a tragedy when she miscarried five months into her first pregnancy when Quillin was training for his last title defense.

“Well I have to say, being a father is something I always look forward to,” Quillin said. “My wife is definitely a special woman. I believe in her. She believes in me. She brings structure to my life and I only expect us to have the beautifulest baby God can give us.”

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a boxing column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine's Ratings Panel. E-mail him at rmaquinana@gmail.com, check out his blog at Norcalboxing.com or follow him on Twitter@RMaq28.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LITEOUT on 04-21-2014

Miguel cotto is an independent promo company,i wish cotto had fought quillin first,taken his belt(easy), and then fought martinez so that least martinez could have at least gotten a paper title out of junking a beat up puertorican vessel with…

Comment by lutenco on 04-21-2014

QUILLIN has to understand that he is lucky PIROG vacated his belt because the back injury,if PIROG could continue to fight he would have nener,never,never lost his belt with QUILLIN or N'JIKAM!!! Anyway GGG and SERGIO destroy QUILLIN,i'm really sure…

Comment by Hougigo on 04-20-2014

[QUOTE=kiaba360;14448392]What he should do is focus on fighting three times a year and stop looking mediocre against the guys that he's matched up against. Can someone tell me a time when they were completely impressed by one of Quillin's performances?[/QUOTE]…

Comment by sirron000 on 04-20-2014

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;14447173]Peter Quillin made the third defense of his middleweight world title belt in dominant fashion Saturday night in a near-shutout of Lucas Konecny, but the unbeaten Cuban-American is cognizant that the bigger fights are over the horizon. After the win,…

Comment by Fr3$h on 04-20-2014

It's not outside the realm of possibility that one of them fights him just to take a break before their next big fight but "still eyes" makes it sound like Quillin is some position of power or gets to choose.…

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