A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Peter Quillin: America’s Top Middleweight?
“I agree,”Quillin said recently. “I think I proved that. I’ll fight any of the top middleweights from this country. I’m also one of the best middleweights in the world.”
Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs), billed as “America’s Top Middleweight,” was co-featured on the HBO-televised slugfest between James Kirkland vs. Alfredo Angulo on November 5, from Cancun, Mexico. Quillin starched Scotland’s Craig McEwan (19-2, 10) in the sixth round.
The 28 year-old Quillin began his career fighting in New York City’s most famed venues that included Madison Square Garden, Beacon Theatre, Roseland Balllroom, and the Grand Ballroom. While Quillin would delight his native audience by blowing kisses and chocolate treats into the stands, in addition to proving exciting fights, his career never really launched the way it should.
At the time Peter Quillin fought in New York City frequently, so did Miguel Cotto, Roy Jones, John Duddy, and other established fighters New Yorkers were crazy over. The best decision Quillin made was when he packed his bags for California and decided to work with Freddie Roach at his popular Wild Card gym.
Wild Card is the place where WBO welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao, and unified WBA/IBF 140-pound champion, Amir Khan, run their U.S. training camps.
The results: Quillin has established himself as a television fighter and is being compared to other fighters in the middleweight division including Sergio Martinez.
“I may not be ready to fight Sergio Martinez right now but, after one or two more fights against top 10 opponents, I’ll be ready to fight him for the world title,” Quillin said.
Sergio Martinez is clearly the best middleweight in the world. Other fighters like unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., WBO titlist Dimitry Pirog, IBF kingpin Daniel Geale, and longtime WBA champ Felix Sturm are very good and exciting. However, they don’t have Martinez’ blend of technical proficiency, conditioning, and one-punch knockout power like Martinez.
Martinez’ performances against his recent top-notch opposition speaks for itself. Quillin isn’t there on the level of a Sergio, but he understands what he needs to do.
Quillin added: “I want a world title fight in the United States, Las Vegas or New York City, and all the other world champions only seem to want to fight in their own backyards (WBA’s Russian Dimitry Pirog, WBC’s Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., IBF’s Aussie Daniel Geale and WBA’s German Felix Sturm.) I will keep working hard to get better.”
Quillin’s demonstration of patience, discipline, power, and boxing skills was noted in his showing against McEwan.
“McEwan showed some technical flaws in his game against Andy Lee,” Quillin said. “I worked on my left; check-hook off my jab, and rocked him. I’m always accurate but wish that I’d thrown more punches, like I usually do. I would have liked to have gone to his body more with my right, but I knew from the first round on my hook would work every time.”
“I understand why the referee stopped the fight at that point. I saw some shots open up and wanted a knockout, but the ref was just doing his job, caring for McEwan’s safety. Hey, that’s why I’m a fighter, and he’s a referee. I never want my opponent to be seriously hurt.”
Quillin added that he is is own worst critique and will continue to work to improve his status amongst the best.
“I’m my own worst critic,” Quillin concluded. “I watch my fights like I’m another fighter watching me in order to see where I need to improve. I hope to be back in action early next year, but I’ll leave that up to Golden Boy Promotions, my manager John Seip, and trainers Freddie Roach and Eric Brown. We’re a team.”
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