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WBO middleweight champion “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin is ready for anybody
WBO middleweight champion “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin is ready for anybody.
“Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin may have been raised in Grand Rapids, MI, but his prowess as a fighter was born in the boxing mecca of New York City.
Having watched Danny Jacobs’ exciting third-round knockout of of former middleweight title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo in the main event of Golden Boy Live! from the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, New York City on Monday, Peter Quillin was greeted by numerous people that included his promoter Oscar De La Hoya and IBF light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins. Everyone that knew “Kid Choclolate” personally kept saying one thing…
Quillin and his fiancée are expecting their first child soon.
“She’s three months,” Quillin said.
The news couldn’t have come at a better time, as Quillin as he has finally reached the pinnacle of his career. Quillin is the current WBO middleweight champion and is already preparing for his second title defense in less than one year. Quillin won the WBO 160-pound title by defeating Frenchman Hassan N’Jikam in October 2012. Quillin, in perhaps the best performance of his career, scored six highlight reel knockdowns en route to a unanimous 12-round decision.
The performance captivated a worldwide audience watching live at the Barclays Center and at home on SHOWTIME because, that was the performance that captivated Quillin’s career from being a proven contender to a championship prizefighter.
Quillin understands that there is pressure that comes with being an undefeated world champion.
“Yeah because, it’s harder trying to keep your belts,” Quillin said. “I walk around in shape as best as I can.”
In his first title defense at the Barclays Center in April, Quillin scored four highlight-reel knock downs against fast-rising Fernando Guerrero. Unlike N’Jikam, Guerrero didn’t make it past the seventh round of another amazing ‘animalstatus’ performance.
“I’m such an animal it’s unexplainable,” Quillin said. “They still don’t know what to do with me. In 29 professional fights, unbeaten, they still don’t what to do with ‘Kid Chocolate.’”
Throughout his career, “Kid Chocolate” was a young and talented fighter with charisma, confidence, dedication, and strong work ethic. Quillin, since his professional debut in 2005 was very active having scored two first-round knockouts in 2005, fighting six times in 2006, eight fights in 2007, and four times in 2008. “Kid Chocolate” was a smoothly developing product that knew how to fight well.
“I’ve never been beaten or broken down in 29 fights,” Quillin said proudly. “I hardly got touched or scraped. People can see I have defense, offense, and I’m a complete fighter.”
As terrific “Kid Chocolate” was coming up, Quillin was used as a simple local attraction, and a hometown ticketseller.
That was it!
Quillin knew he was more valuable than that and took time away from boxing to reshuffle and reorganize his focus. Quillin was in active for nearly 18 months from 2008. He returned in 2010 to the East Coast, but eventually packed his bags to leave the New York fight scene to work with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club.
Quillin signed an exclusive promotional pact with Golden Boy, gained the right fights and television exposure on HBO and SHOWTIME outlets, and was rightfully placed as a cornerstone piece to Boxing’s return to Brooklyn at the Barclays Center last year.
Quillin left New York only to return as a marketable world champion. Quillin has been showcased alongside unified WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander, WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner, former undisputed welterweight titlist Zab Judah, and others.
Quillin will soon be preparing for another showcase. His second defense of the WBO middleweight crown is expected to be on the anticipated Hopkins-Karo Murat fightcard at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on October 26.
“We’re just trying to make sure we get the right opportunity,” Quillin said. “We’re taking whatewver offers their people are willing to take.”
Quillin is open to fighting anyone on that date, or at anytime that matter. Quillin is even open to the chance at fighting Jacobs, an upcoming product from New York and cancer-survivor. Jacobs is young, quick, and he can punch. He is one of Golden Boy’s valuable products in development.
“I’ve never really heard of that,” Quillin said of the possibility of a fight with Jacobs. “But if he wants to be the champion, I have the belt.”
As a world champion, Quillin stresses the importance of remaining in shape and watching videos of upcoming contenders and other champions. Quillin was even attentative to the competitive fight last Saturday between Darrin Barker and Daniel Geale. Barker won a split-decision over Geale to capture the IBF middleweight title.
“I am a boxing fan so it’s always important,” Quillin said. “I watched six round and said ‘it was a good fight. Then I went to sleep. I thought it was a good scrappy fight. I was a good fight.”
But the middleweight champion that has everyone talking thick is WBA titlist, Gennday Golovkin. Since his U.S. debut last year, Golovkin has been on a roll having fought three times in 2013. Golovkin is looking to fight for the second time this year at the Theater of Madison Square Garden in November. Golovkin is heavily rumored to fight Brownsville, Brooklyn’s Curtis Stevens.
It’s amazing that the middleweight division remains one of the most marketable and intriguing weight classes in all of boxing following the days of Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy ‘Hitman’ Hearns, and Roberto Duran.
“Would Marvin Hagler be Marvin Hagler if he didn’t have those guys,” Quillin asked. “It’s going to come a time when [Golovkin and I] will fight. I’m going to keep training hard and come out with the victory.”
The one fight that Quillin has been dreaming of for the last several years is a dream match with the outstanding WBC middleweight champion, Sergio Martinez.
“Sergio Martinez!,” Quillin said “I’ll stop Sergio Martinez!”
Martinez is the premiere middleweight in the world. Unfortunately, Martinez is sidelined by repeated injuries to his hands and knees. Martinez is noted for his flashy outhpaw, hands-below-waist stye. Martinez has delivered highlight-reel, knockouts and spectacular boxing performances against Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, Matthew Mackin, and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. amongst others. However, at age 38, and 50 professional victories Martinez’ time at the top may have reached its pinnacle end.
“Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin will be ready for all comers and champions.