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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
It'll be Kid Chocolate vs. Czech in DC

By Michael Woods

Peter Quillin -- aka "Kid Chocolate" -- has been craving mega-bouts, career-definers, for a while now.

He was calling out Sergio Martinez a few years ago, and word was that he'd be gloving up, and putting his WBO middleweight crown up for grabs, in all-NYC dustup with Danny Jacobs. Martinez is counting down to a clash with Miguel Cotto, and the Jacobs clash didn't come to fruition. But the 30-year-old hitter needs to stay busy, according to co-manager John Seip.

Thus, a scrap between Quillin and 35-year-old Lukas Konecny (50-4, with 23 KOs) has been set up for April 19 in DC.

The clash will be on a Golden Boy card topped by a light heavyweight title defense for 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins, who will meet another 175-pound titlist, Beibut Shumenov.

Showtime will televise both bouts.

"We would have taken any big fight, but there is no big name for Pete at the moment," Seip, who shares duties with Jimmy McDevitt, with an assist from Al Haymon, told ESPNNewYork.com. "And he needs to stay busy."

Quillin (30-0 with 22 KOs) scored a TKO10 win over Gabriel Rosado in Atlantic City on Oct. 26 in his most recent outing.

Seip describes Konecny, the Czech who holds the WBO European 160-pound crown, as an experienced sort, a short-banger type, a bob-and-weave hooker who goes to the body smartly. He last battled on July 13, scoring a UD12 win over Moez Fhima in Germany, and he has gone 0-for-2 in world title tries, losing to then-154-pound champs Serhiy Dzinziruk (2008) and Zaurbek Baysangurov (2012).