Peter Quillin (26-0), who resides in Brooklyn, NY, will be matching up against Winky Wright (51-5-1) this upcoming Saturday, June 2nd. The fight will be featured as the undercard fight of Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode and will be televised on Showtime Sports. The matchup is intriguing due to the fact that Quillin has never faced anyone of the status of Wright, but it must be noted that Wright has not fought since 2009.
Therefore, the boxing world will get an opportunity to see if which fighter should be considered a top contender within the middleweight division. With fighters such as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez in the middleweight division there are many opportunities for either Quillin or Wright to take on any of those fighters. However, they must first show that they can pull off an impressive victory on Saturday night in order to create some buzz that they are worthy of a title opportunity.
As for Wright, he is coming off a long layoff since his last fight took place in 2009 where he lost a unanimous decision to Paul Williams. Though, he must not be counted out in this fight as he has faced some of boxing’s all-time best fighters such as Felix Trinidad, Shane Mosley, Bernard Hopkins and Fernando Vargas. Wright is well known for being a boxing technician and he will need those boxing skills to find his way to a victory against Quillin, who possesses significant knockout power.
Wright must be cautious of the punching power of Quillin as 20 out of 26 of Quillin’s victories have come by way of knockout. If he can find a way to be successful against Quillin on Saturday night then the boxing world could bank on Wright receiving a title opportunity against any of the current title holders in the 160 pound division.
Nevertheless, it is no secret that Quillin’s promotional team is looking at Wright as an opportunity to add a significant name to his resume and as a gateway to a title opportunity. Hence, if Wright is going to have any opportunity at getting past the odds stacked against him then he will have to look to clearly outbox Quillin or go for the knockout victory. If not, it is more than likely that a close decision would go in the favor of the younger Quillin who has a lot more upside in the eyes of the “power brokers” of boxing.
The only problem is that Wright’s last knockout victory has not come since 2002 and Quillin’s team will surely come to the ring with the mindset that it is a safe bet that Wright poses little risk in regards to hurting Quillin. Yet, it should be noted that Wright has never been knocked out in his career and Quillin will surely be looking to be the first to accomplish such a feat.
Overall, the matchup is interesting as the boxing world gets the opportunity to witness a future Hall of Famer against a rising prospect. Wright should not be counted out as he has the experience to pull off an upset victory against a fighter in Quillin that could still be considered as an unproven fighter by many. Yet, the odds definitely favor the younger and harder punching Quillin who has a lot of upside if he can pull off an impressive victory against Wright. Only time will tell, but it is worth taking a look at this fight as it could dictate some of the future action in the middleweight division.