“Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin: On his way towards the top

By Francis Walker
Updated: April 11, 2011

Kid Chocolate

Kid Chocolate

NEW YORK, NY—In 2010, “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin, a budding Brooklyn, NY prospect, shocked the boxing community by leaving for the East Coast to work with Freddie Roach out at his popular Wild Card Gym.

“I moved to LA for my boxing career and it’s made a huge difference,” Quillen said. “Quality sparring is the big difference. Anytime you’re in Wild Card you could end-up sparring with world champions, former champions or up-and-comers.”

The transition hasn’t been easy, as Quillin, according to reports, suffered a broken hand, hairline fracture of an eye socket, and an appendectomy.

“2009 was a bad year for me,” Quillin said. “First with hand surgery that kept me out of action for three or four months, and then I was hurt sparring with world cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones, who must have weighed about 245 pounds. I had sparred with him before for a few of his fights, it wasn’t unusual for me, and he gave me credit when he won his world title. I overcame that injury (hairline fracture eye) and then, two weeks before my fight, I was eating and my stomach felt funny. I was rushed to the hospital and had an emergency appendectomy. I came back (Feb. 6, 2010) against (Fernando) Zuniga and won (10 DEC) but was rusty.”

Fighting under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions banner, Quillin will move forward with the remainder of his career. Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs) challenges former title challenger Jessie Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round contest on April 29, Reno, Nevada. Telefutura will televise.

“Golden Boy gets you out there,” Quillin added. “Everybody in boxing knows who you are because you’re in Golden Boy’s stable. They told me that they’re high on me and will try and make me a star. Thank God, I made this change for my career. I was sitting around in New York, nothing happen for me back there.”

For more information on Kid Chocolate, go to www.kidchocolate.com or follow him on Twitter @/kidchocolate.

Action Heroes Revisited

Former two-division world champion Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) won his third division title on Saturday’s “Action Heroes” HBO Pay-Per-View fight card from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Guerrero unanimously outpointed a tough and game Michael Katsidis (27-4, 22 KOs) through 12 rounds to capture the unified/interim WBA/WBO lightweight championships.

Guerrero-Katsidis was everything that it was supposed to have been - a good action fight. Both fighters proved why they were coined “Action Fighters.” Guerrero and Katsidis threw lots of heavy leather during what was an early candidate for 2011 “Fight of the Year.”

As great as the fight was, it was Guerrero that was the more dominant fighter. Guerrero was the bigger harder puncher and the better boxer. Katsidis throws a lot of power shots and he’s very powerful for a smaller fighter, but he simply takes took much punishment in his fights. Guerrero’s right-jabs and solid lefts marked, bruised, and lacerated Katsidis’ face.

There was no doubt as to who was the better and more deserving fighter was, as the judges scored the bout: 118-106, 118-107, and 117-108.

While former jr. welterweight and current welterweight contender Paulie Malignaggi (29-4, 6 KOs) soundly outclassed Jose Miguel Cotto (23-6-2, 8 KOs) though 10 rounds, middleweight prospect James Kirkland suffered a major upset. Kirkland (27-1, 24 KOs), fighting for the third time in five weeks, was destroyed by former WBA 154-pound titlist Nobuhiro Ishida (23-6-2, 8 KOs) inside one round. Ishida dropped Kirkland three times in the first round of what was a dominant performance. Kirkland, the celebrated and prized prospect for Golden Boy Promotions, was steamrolling his way toward the top of the ladder until a parole violation landed him in jail for nearly two years.

Since his return his year, Kirkland appeared to be back on track. He scored two quick KOs, but was derailed on Saturday. Kirkland isn’t the first Golden Boy Promotions prospect to suffer a shocking KO defeat. WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan was destroyed by Breidis Prescott inside one round back in 2008. Danny Jacobs was KO’d by Dimirty Pirog for the vacant WBO middleweight title last year July. Victor Ortiz was pummeled by Marcos Rene Maidana during a wild fight that he was winning back in June 2009.

The same way Golden Boy rebuilt Khan, Ortiz, and Jacobs they can do the same with Kirkland. One loss, especially the first lost, shouldn’t kill a career.

“Action Heroes” was a HBO Pay-Per-View event presented by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. The featured main event featured Marcos Rene Maidana (30-2, 27 KOs) defeating Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim welterweight title. Maidana, as expected would be too strong and simply too much for Morales to defeat. Morales did rock Maidana early in the bout and there were plenty of anxious exchanges between the two fighters. However, Maidana was the busier, harder, and more accurate puncher as he closed Morales’ right eye. The judges scored the bout: 116-112 (twice) and 114-114.

Boxing returns to the Paradise Theater

Promoter Joe DeGuardia is bringing professional boxing back to the Bronx Paradise Theater beginning on Thursday, May 5, entitled “Cinco De Mayo Fight Night. Additional dates are as follows: July 7, October 6, December 1, and a date to be determined later.

De Guardia has promoted shows under his Star Boxing since 1992. DeGuardia has promoted world champions such as Antonio Tarver, Lou Del Valle, and Aaron Davis to name a few. His “Cinco De Mayo Fight Night” will be the 11th installment of Star Boxing’s “Punchin’ at the Paradise” fight series.

Tickets, priced at $30, $50 and $100, can be purchased by calling Star Boxing at 718 823-2000 or log onto www.starboxing.com. The Paradise Theater box office is located at 2417 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY.

Khan vs. McCloskey on SKY PPV

Even though the WBA junior welterweight title fight between Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England will be part of an international/split-site doubleheader featuring Andre Berto’s WBC welterweight title defense against Victor Ortiz aired live on HBO “World Championship Boxing” from Foxwoods in Connecticut on on Saturday, April 16, he event will also be broadcast live on pay-per-view channel Primetime (Channel 480 on Sky).

Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer stated: “There is no doubt that Amir is boxing’s next true superstar and, as a world champion, is a fighter that now commands pay-per-view billing. In McCloskey, he faces a fighter who has never tasted defeat and will give it his all in order to be crowned champion. We are pleased that an agreement has been reached with Primetime to provide U.K. fans with an outlet to watch the homecoming of one of the fight game’s brightest rising stars. His return will be a special occasion and he is sure to put on a great.”

For more information log onto www.primetimelive.co.uk or call 0871 200 4444* Tickets for Khan vs. McCloskey are priced anywhere from £300, £200, £125, £75, £50 and £40.