By Sean McDaniel: Unbeaten middleweight contender Peter Quillin (27-0, 20 KO’s) will be taking a step up in class on October 20th against WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (27-0, 17 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in a loaded card from top to bottom.
Quillin, #1 WBO, #4 WBA, is taking a considerable step up in competition in this fight, as most of his opposition has been the weak variety with either not much in the way of boxing skills or simply too old to use the boxing skills that they have.
Quillin looked decent but definitely beatable in winning his last fight against 41-year-old Ronald “Winky” Wright last June in beating Wright by a 10 round unanimous decision. The difference here was Quillin’s power, speed and work rate that enabled him to control the fight against the more conservative Wright.
Quillin has the power to beat N’Jikam but he’s got to be able to catch up to him to deliver his big shots because N’Jikam is like the middleweight version of Floyd Mayweather Jr. with his movement and slick boxing skills. He’s good at making his opponents miss while he’s on the move and he’s accurate and fast with his own shots. The one negative that you have to look at with the 28-year-old N’Jika is that he tends to run out of gas late in his fights. We see that almost every time he fights and it almost cost him the fight agaisnt the short 5’4″ Avtandil Khurtsidze. N’Jikam was hurt in that fight when he tired late and he took some big shots.
For the most part, N’Jikam has been winning with ease beating the likes of Max Bursak, Giovanni Lorenzo, an Omar Weis. N’Jikam has fought limited opposition throughout his eight year pro career and you have to wonder how he’ll respond in facing someone as talented and powerful as Quillin. This could turn out badly for N’Jikam because Quillin is one of those rare fighters that keeps his power even late into his fights. N’Jikam might get knocked out in this fight if he gasses out late.