After scoring 10 knockdowns in his last two fights WBO Middleweight Champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin will make his second title defense on Saturday, Oct. 26 when he meets Philadelphia contender "King" Gabriel Rosado in the Bernard Hopkins vs. Karo Murat co-main event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
Both fight will be broadcast live on Showtime(9 p.m. ET/PT).
In addition to the aforementioned knockout artist WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder, will open the telecast when he takes on Nicolai "Stone Man" Firtha in a 10-round showdown. In the main event, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins will become the oldest fighter in history to make his initial title defense when he faces highest-rated light heavyweight challenger Karo Murat in a 12-round matchup.
"It’s great to be on the East Coast and back on Showtime for my second world title defense," said Quillin. "Rosado is a quality challenger who always comes to fight, and because of our competitive styles, the fans are going to get a great show on October 26."
"I’ve never lost in New Jersey and I don’t plan on starting now," said Rosado. "I’ve chased a world title for a long time and while I respect Quillin for giving me this new opportunity, but I’m going to have to take that belt and bring it back home to Philly."
"Nicolai Firtha is a veteran who has gone the distance with a lot of tough fighters," said Wilder. "But I’m more confidant and more ready than ever, so I’m expecting another knockout win, I want to make a statement with this fight."
"Wilder hits hard, there’s no question about that, but we’ve never see what happens when he gets hit back," said Firtha. "I’m going to hit him on Oct. 26 and I plan on taking his ’0’ away."
October 1, 2013