Peter Quillin faces a stern test in the form of Gabriel Rosado.
"Kid Chocolate" Peter Quillin is one of the most exciting fighters in the business. He loves to fight, and he's willing to throw caution to the wind and just go for it in order to entertain his fans.
He's become something of a star attraction at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn during the last year, decisioning Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam to win the WBO Middleweight Championship last October and knocking out Fernando Guerrero to defend it in April.
And while Kid Chocolate has some solid wins on his resume—including N'Dam, Guerrero and the faded Winky Wright—we don't really know yet whether he's a contender or a pretender in a suddenly loaded middleweight division.
At the top sits division kingpin Sergio Martinez. The Argentine didn't look spectacular in his last fight, but he commands enough respect to retain the top slot until someone takes it from him.
Just below him sits the man whom many consider, at worst, the top dog in waiting, Kazakh wrecking ball Gennady Golovkin.
And then there's a whole lot of guys clumped in that next tier.
Quillin is one of them, along with newly crowned WBA champion Darren Barker, former champions Daniel Geale and Felix Sturm, and contenders such as Martin Murray.
The 30-year-old Chicagoan, by way of Cuba, will be looking to separate himself from the pack when he faces the rugged Gabriel Rosado on Saturday night.
Rosado has all kinds of heart, but he's not a true middleweight, and Quillin will need to do more if he hopes to truly establish himself.