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Garcia, Quillin, big winners

Super middleweight contender Peter Quillin poses. July 6,

Super middleweight contender Peter Quillin poses. July 6, 2011. (Credit: Peter Quillin)

WINNERS

Danny Garcia: Garcia stayed undefeated after holding off a game Zab Judah at the Barclays Center on Saturday night. Garcia still isn’t a huge draw, so getting a fight against the elite fighters at 140 and 147 would still be an uphill climb. That notwithstanding, Garcia (26-0) proved he’s ready for the big time. Some would like to see a Garcia-Juan Manuel Marquez or even a Garcia-Tim Bradley matchup. The latter is out of the question because of Garcia’s affiliation with Golden Boy and Bradley’s deal with Top Rank. But Marquez is a free agent and could be a possibility assuming he can knock off Bradley. How about Garcia vs. Amir Khan? There will be no issue with the promotion (Golden Boy represents both) and Khan needs a convincing win over a quality opponent to prove he is still an elite fighter.

Peter Quillin: Kid Chocolate took care of Fernando Guerrero in short order, scoring two knockdowns in the second and seventh rounds. Quillin put Guerrero out of his misery in the seventh. Quillin kept his WBO middleweight championship in the process. Next up for Quillin (29-0) is to finally getting a big name to take him on. We’re still waiting for someone (Sergio Martinez, Matthew Mackin, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.), or anyone really, to step up and give Quillin a shot.

 

LOSERS

Amir Khan: Even though Khan (28-3) managed a win over Julio Diaz, he didn’t look great in the process. His knockdown at the hands of Diaz in the fourth was further proof to his critics that his defense and chin are still suspect. Although he still keeps himself in the money (as far as British TV goes), his stock in the United States continues to fall. We suggested earlier in this post that a bout against Garcia could solve all of his problems. But is he ready to take on such a high-quality opponent after Saturday night’s disappointing win?

Sergio Martinez: Martinez (51-2-2) has hit the canvas in each of his last three fights, which doesn’t bode well for a 38-year-old middleweight. Although he’s still probably the best middleweight in the world, his days of totally dominating opponents are over. Martinez needs to get as much money as he can the next year to 18 months, because his skills are starting to diminish.

Chris Arreola: It was, at the very least, a disappointing outing for Arreola (35-3), who suffered a one-sided, unanimous-decision defeat at the hands of Bermane Stiverne. The fight wasn't even close as Arreola lost, 117-110 (2) and 118-109. It's difficult to see Arreola, who hit the canvas in the third round, getting a shot at a title anytime soon. 

NO GRADE

Zab Judah: Every time you think Judah (42-8) is down for the count, he comes back and manages to land a title fight. He appeared to be done after an uninspiring loss to Joshua Clottey in 2008, but came back two years later and managed a primetime fight against Lucas Matthysse. He didn’t look good in a fifth-round TKO at the hands of Khan in 2011, but put himself back into contention for the fight with Garcia after a nice win over Vernon Paris. The chances of Judah, 35, winning another major belt are slim these days, but he fought well enough on Saturday to at least stay in the mix.

Tags: Peter Quillin , Juan Manuel Marquez , Tim Bradley , Danny Garcia , Zab Judah , Golden Boy Promotions , Barclays Center

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