Brooklyn, NY native, Peter Quillin (27-0) will face off against WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (27-0) in the Barclays Center on Oct. 20th. The bout will be for N’Jkam’s middleweight title and will be featured on the undercard for the opening night of the Barclays Center.
For Quillin, the bout will serve as his first title opportunity and will certainly raise his stock significantly if he is able to capture a world title. With two recent victories against notable opponents, Winky Wright (51-6-1) and Craig McEwan (19-2), Quillin has been quickly moving up the ranks and could become a main player at 160 pounds with a victory.
On the other hand the path will not be easy as Quillin is being matched up against another undefeated fighter in N’Jkam. The fight will be the first in the U.S. for N’Jkam as most of his bouts have been held in his native country, France.
Notably, N’Jkam pulled off a unanimous decision victory over Giovanni Lorenzo (31-5) in a fight that he was down once in the 5th round. Consequently, Quillin must be looking to test N’Jkam as he is not accustomed to fighting outside of his homeland and will be taking a significant step up in class.
From a promotional standpoint, credit must be given to Golden Boy as they have added a significant fight to a night that will already feature champions such as Pauli Malignaggi (31-4) and Danny Garcia (24-0).
Strategically, they have brought Quillin along and have now put him in place for consideration as a top fighter at 160 pounds. It should be interesting to see if Quillin can put together an impressive enough performance that can raise him to the status of prizefighter in which he will be mentioned in talks of taking on the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0) and Sergio Martinez (49-2-2).
In the end, the boxing world will have the pleasure of seeing two undefeated combatants fight for a world title. The fact that the bout will take place on the opening fight night at the Barclays Center on Oct. 20th adds to the validity of the event. The winner will surely take up a step up in class as they will be mentioned amongst the best at the 160 pound weight limit.