By Rick Reeno

BoxingScene.com has heard, from both sides, that a deal is very close to being finalized for Carlos Quintana to fight Joshua Clottey in the co-feature position to Kelly Pavlik-Paul Williams on December 5 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Kendall Holt was offered the opportunity to fight Clottey. He turned it down in favor of taking a December title eliminator against Herman Ngoudjo.

Quintana is scheduled to fight on October 24 against Jesse Feliciano in Puerto Rico. It's safe to say Quintana would withdraw in order to finalize the deal for Clottey.