Former Champion Peter Quillin Set for Bout Against Alfredo Angulo

Former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin will meet veteran Alfredo Angulo in a 12-round boxing match this weekend.

Updated: Sept. 20, 2019 • 6:00 PM ET

Peter Quillin is looking to regain his status as a world champion.

Former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin will return to the ring this Saturday to face veteran Alfredo Angulo in a super middleweight fight in Bakersfield, Calif.

Quillin is coming off a bout with former IBF champion Caleb Traux in April that resulted in a no decision after an accidental clash of the heads cut Traux, and he was unable to continue. The two were scheduled for a rematch in August, but Traux pulled out of the fight with a torn Achilles tendon four weeks ago.

”It looks like the Caleb Truax fight wasn't meant to be, but this fight against Angulo is an important fight for me to establish myself in this division," Quillin recently said via ESPN. "I'm ready to go 12 rounds right now. I just have to stay ready and stay in shape because we've had a great camp where we were able to build on certain things. This is what was meant to be, and I'm going to make the most of it with a great performance on Sept. 21."

As Quillin attempts to make another run to a title shot, he’ll have to get past a veteran brawler in Angulo, who was more than willing to step in for Traux, first. The 36-year-old Quillin won the WBO middleweight title in 2012 with a unanimous decision victory over Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and defended the belt three times with wins over Fernando Guerrero, Gabriel Rosado and Lukas Konecny.

After the title defenses, Quillin vacated the belt and didn’t fight for nearly a year until returning to the ring in April 2015 to face new champion Andy Lee. Quillin, however, was ineligible to win Lee’s belt after missing weight. The two engaged in a back-and-forth battle that saw Lee hit the canvas twice and Quillin go down for the first time in his career. After the hard-fought battle in Quillin’s residence of Brooklyn, the fight was ruled a split-decision draw.

Quillin, a native of Chicago, rebounded with a knockout of Michael Zerafa in September 2015 that set him up for a title shot against WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs. Jacobs, however, stunned Quillin with a first-round TKO victory to retain the WBA title and hand Quillin the first loss of his career. Since the bout, Quillin is 2-0 with the one no decision.

Angulo (25-7, 21 KOs) is coming off a knockout victory over Evert Bravo in April, which helped him rebound from two straight decision losses to Freddy Hernandez and Sergio Mora. The 37-year-old Angulo can be remembered for fights that he lost, but primarily because he was willing to go out on his shield against top boxers such as James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara and Canelo Alvarez.

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Since the loss to Alvarez in 2014, Angulo hasn’t been considered a threat to a title, but the Mexican born fighter believes he still is and can be expected to be aggressive against the former champion this weekend.

"I am looking forward to showing my fans the best Alfredo Angulo on Sept. 21," Angulo said. "I have been working hard towards this opportunity. This is a chance to move closer to a world title and with hard work and the support of my team I'm going to win that title."

Angulo’s key victories have come against Joachim Alcine, Joel Julio, Joe Martinez and Jorge Silva. He isn’t the quickest or most precise fighter in the ring, but he’s considered a throwback fighter so fans can expect him to once again fight until he is finished.

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