Former WBO Middleweight Champion Peter Quillin discusses his next fight, Mayweather – McGregor and more on episode 129 of The FightBox Podcast.
“Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin’s story is one of rags to riches. From his humble beginnings in working class Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA to climbing his way up the rankings in New York City, to training with top boxing coach Freddie Roach, Quillin has run the gamut of the boxing world.
His record currently stands at 32 – 1 – 1 with 23 victories by knockout. His 2012 win over Ronald “Winky” Wright put him on the map and sent Wright into retirement. In his very next bout he beat Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam to capture the WBO Middleweight title. After three successful defenses of the championship, Quillin would vacate the belt and then go to a hard-fought split draw with Ireland’s Andy Lee. However, Quillin has been inactive since his first career loss in December of 2015 against Daniel Jacobs, a first round TKO.
In episode 129 of The FightBox Podcast, which can be listened to here, Quillin discusses the Jacobs’ fight, what he’s been up to since then and when he plans on making a return to the ring. Quillin claims he is far from inactive during the longest layoff of his career, staying very busy in the gym in preparation for his return. He has also made a few changes behind the scenes and is now training with Virgil Hunter.
“I feel like I’m in a great place in my life right now”, says the ever optimistic Quillin. This was far from the case when he was growing up as a young man, though. “Coming from Grand Rapids, Michigan, there weren’t many options that I had. I dropped out of school. There wasn’t a lot of other options for me. I would have been working in a factory”.
Quillin’s father had connections with the Mayweather family.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Peter’s father spent time in prison together. When asked what his impressions of the Mayweather – McGregor fight were, Quillin stated “It’s crazy that people want to see that fight and give him a chance, like he can beat Mayweather, when he has no chance at all”.
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