Peter Quillin to fight Lukas Konecny on April 19
WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (30-0, 22 KO’s) will defend his title against Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KO’s) of the Czech Republic on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov on April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C., Golden Boy Promotions announced on Friday.
Quillin, 30, makes the third defence of the 160 lb belt he won in October 2012, dropping Hassan N'Dam six times in a decision victory.
He defended the title twice in 2013, stopping Fernando Guerrero and Gabriel Rosado in the 7th and 10th round respectively.
"I can't wait to get back in the ring and defend my title once again," Quillin said. "I'm excited to be fighting in front of the great fans in D.C., and I will give them a show on April 19. Konecny is an experienced challenger, and you can't overlook anyone with 50 wins, but I'm going home with the title, and I'll be looking for another knockout."
The 35-year-old Konecny, a 2000 Olympian and the former European light middleweight champion, has twice unsuccessfully challenged for the WBO light middleweight title - in 2008 he lost a majority decision to Sergey Dzinziruk and then lost to titleholder Zaurbek Baysangurov by unanimous decision in October 2012. However he is tough and never been stopped.
"I have a lot more experience than Quillin, and the fans will see that on April 19," said Konecny. "This is my first fight in the U.S. and I don't plan on going home without that belt. Every fighter dreams of fighting for and winning a world championship, and I am thankful for the chance to do that against Peter Quillin."