Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin is ready to stay busy to close out the remainder of the 2012, but don’t expect the #10 RING Magazine ranked middleweight to rush into a title shot with the winner of September’s Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight.
Quillin is coming off an easy June 2 win over a Winky Wright, who made his first in-ring appearance since 2009 and promptly retired after the loss. Quillin believes he’s ready for a title shot, but acquiesced to his high-powered promotion, training and management team when asked to be patient.
My team has had to slow down my horses as far as who I want to fight. I have a great team and trust my promoter (Golden Boy Promotions), managers (John Seip and Jim McDevitt), adviser (Al Haymon) and trainers (Freddie Roach and Eric Brown). All I have to do is train to fight. They’ll tell me who I’m fighting next and I’ll be ready. I’m blessed not to be stressed. I want to stay busy. I never put on too many pounds between fights because my life is boxing. There’s no way around it – I will put on a superstar performance in my next fight, no matter who I’m fighting.
The next step for Quillin will likely be against Sebastian Zbik or Matthew Macklin, both of whom have held titles and recently faced Chavez Jr. and Martinez respectively in spirited efforts.
“Peter is knocking at the door of something special,” said Quillin manager John Seip. “We want Peter to stay active, hopefully, fighting again in August and then in December. We didn’t like the long delay between his fight last November against (Craig) McEwan and earlier this month with ‘Winky.’ We originally turned down the fight with ‘Winky’ because the money wasn’t right and we were in a no-win situation. Then we had a fight fall through and we wasted four weeks thinking we had a fight against (Andy) Lee on March 17.”
“We had to get Peter back in the ring, so we agreed to fight ‘Winky’ with an increased purse and the fight landing on Showtime. I think what Peter learned from that fight was mostly mental, learning from all it took to fight a future Hall of Famer on a big stage. We were confident of winning all along. I’m happy with the mental preparation Peter went through and it’s only going to help him in future fights. Circumstances dictated the delay in Peter fighting but now we intend to keep him busy. Peter’s going to stay in shape and take a lateral fight because there are no title-shot opportunities up for grabs right now. All of the world champions are tied-up for the next few months.”
At press time, Quillin as ranked #12 by the WBC, #5 by the WBA and #3 by the IBF.