Quillin talks Chavez Jr.-Sergio Martinez

June, 20, 2012
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NYFightBlog checked in with Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin, the rising middleweight contender who is coming off his career-best win, a UD10 over future hall of Famer Winky Wright on June 2 in Carson, Calif.

We wanted to know what he thought of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s rubout of Irishman Andy Lee on Saturday night. Junior, who holds the WBC middleweight strap, stopped challenger Lee in round seven in Texas.

"I said before the fight that Chavez has the durability to beat Andy Lee," said the fighter who took the nickname of a Cuban superstar fighter active from 1927-1938, who retired with a 135-10-6 mark. "Chavez can take punishment but Andy Lee in my opinion didn't have that durability. "

And how will Chavez, the son of the Mexican legend who has opened eyes for being a decent boxer in his own right and not someone who is purely riding daddy's coattails to fame and fortune, fare against Sergio Martinez, whom he is slated to face in September?

"I think Chavez puts up a better fight against Sergio than people give him credit for," Quillin (father was born in Cuba, he was born in Michigan; 27-0 with 20 KOs; age 28; splits time between N.Y. and L.A.) said. "If Sergio can be on his toes and box, or if he can hurt Chavez when he punches him then the fight goes in his favor. But if Chavez can withstand Sergio's punching power and keep up his pressure and do what he has been doing his last few outings then the fight will go in his favor. But that's an all-around great scrap for boxing fans."

And what about what's next for him?

"Well, I should know by the end of the week when my next fight is," he said. "I'll be ready because I want to stay busy just like the original Kid Chocolate did in his career in prizefighting."
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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