“Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin (30-0, 22 KO) will put his undefeated record and WBO middleweight title on the line against Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KO) on Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C,
The bout is part of a stellar card that will feature three world championship bouts.
IBF welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter will make his first defense against Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi. And in the main event, the ageless wonder Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins will put his IBF light heavyweight title on the line against WBA champion Beibut Shumenov in an interesting unification bout at 175 pounds.
Here’s how you can catch the action:
When: Saturday, April 19 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: DC Armory in Washington, D.C,
The Book on Quillin
Kid Chocolate will be making the third defense of his title on Saturday. He has been near spectacular in his world title fights, knocking out both opponents since capturing the belt. Most recently Quillin stopped the tough-as-nails Gabriel “King” Rosado in the 10th round of their Oct. 2013 bout.
A ringside doctor called an end to the bout due to a bad gash on Rosado’s left eyelid (the story of his boxing career). But Quillin was up on all of the judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
When he won the title over Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam in Oct. 2012, it was a thrilling bout. He dropped N’Dam six times, but had a few rocky moments himself. Check out this thrilling 12th round between the two:
Even with the success he's enjoyed, Quillin is on a quest to gain respect. That’s something The Sweet Science believes has eluded him. They write:
Quillin has somehow morphed into the "Rodney Dangerfield of Boxing." As the late Dangerfield famously said, "I can't get no respect." Neither can Quillin, it seems, despite defeating everybody he's fought as a pro, 30 up and 30 down.
Defeating Konecny won’t exactly fix that issue, but it’s a necessary impediment to negotiate if Quillin hopes to battle the likes of Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin in the future.
Per Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook, Quillin said:
"If the money is right, I'm up for fighting any of the top names, especially Martinez and Golovkin. But everybody's aware of what's going on behind the scenes. My job is to work hard and be ready."
The Book on Konecny
The 35-year-old Czech veteran has had two previous chances to win a world title, but he failed in both attempts. Against Serhiy Dzinzuruk in 2008, Konecny loss a unanimous decision. Most recently, he was out-pointed by Zaurbek Baysangurov in 2012.
This could be Konency's last chance to capture a title.
At just 5’8”, Konecny is a compact, powerful middleweight with a slugging nature.
He keeps his upper body tight, constantly comes forward and doesn’t present a very large target for his opponents. He bangs the body well and has never been stopped.
Quillin told Golden Boy of Boxing Scene he was looking to become the first man to accomplish that task. That may be easier said than done.
I’d be shocked if Quillin stops Konecny.
This is no knock on Kid Chocolate’s power. He’s proven time and again that he can thump. That said, Konecny has such a low center of gravity and keeps such a tight guard, it’s hard to see where Quillin will find openings to land major shots.
If he does connect, the fact that Konecny hasn’t been stopped in 54 professional fights indicates the challenger has a solid chin.
Though I’m taking Quillin to win the bout by unanimous decision, there’s a slight chance Konecny could make this fight very interesting.
Quillin has had some defensive lapses in his career. The left hook has been particularly problematic. When N’Dam had success, it started with the left hand.
Because he's smaller, Konecny could bring the punch from an angle Quillin doesn’t see. If that happens, his chin will have to stand up to the shot.
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