Quillin picking Martinez to beat Chavez

Peter Quillin will be watching Saturday's middleweight clash between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. carefully. Because the 29-year-old New York City resident could easily find himself facing off against either man in the near future. Quillin has his own mountain to climb, on Oct. 20, when he meets Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam, the WBO interim title-holder, of course, so he is in focus mode on that scrap. He was kind enough to fire me a prediction on the tussle, which unfolds at the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas and airs on HBO PPV.

"Chavez doesn't seem focused like Sergio," said Quillin (27-0 with 20 KOs). "I'm picking Sergio. I think Sergio will use his legs and I believe Chavez hasn't fought a puncher like Sergio ... but Chavez's weight should help him and may give Sergio problems. That's why this fight is important to boxing."