Boxing: marco antonio rubio

Quillin psyched for Oct. 20 at Barclays

August, 21, 2012
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Boxrec.com is just about the most popular website for boxing fans. It functions as the go-to source for fighters' records, and contains pertinent information on who and where and when they will fight next. So, I'm on there a lot.

After my vacay, I checked Boxrec to see who Peter Quillin would be fighting next. I assumed the Michigan native, who moved to New York as a late-teen, would be fighting on the Oct. 20 Barclays card. So, I was surprised to see Boxrec has Quillin fighting twice in a span of six weeks, once at Barclays, against foe TBA, and before that, on Sept. 8 at the Hard Rock in Vegas, against TBA.

So, "Kid Chocolate," what about it, are you gearing up for a crazy flurry of activity?

"No," the 29-year-old middleweight contender told me, "I decided on just October 20th, at home. That's an amazing card, I have to be part of that."

Two weeks ago, he said he decided that he wouldn't be on the Sept. 8 card, which is topped by Randall Bailey-Devon Alexander.

Can he confirm that he will meet Marco Antonio Rubio, a 54-6-1 Mexican who has lost title shots against Kelly Pavlik (in 2009) and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (in February)?

"I'm not even sure," said Quillin, who is currently in LA, training at Freddie Roach's Wild Card. "I hope I know by this week. That was in negotiations, but I don't know how far that went. I'll be prepared, whoever they bring, I don't give a funk."

I told Quillin that I see Rubio, at this juncture, as beneath him on the totem pole, someone who he should be able to take out without excessive effort. "Is Rubio on my level? I don't see no one at my ... level, that's me being confident," he said, adding that he doesn't want to come off as being too cocky, but that he simply believes in his skills.

Quillin is in a fun place in his life. Now backed by the mega-powerful advisor Al Haymon, he realizes that he can sit back, train his tail off, and let Haymon shift the pieces on the chessboard, along with his promoter, Golden Boy, until things coalesce. In the meantime, he has money in the bank, and he can spend his time on training.

Quillin admits he has tweaked part of his out-of-the-ring routine. He doesn't traffic as much in the Twitter beefs. "I've stopped reading the Internet. I get too upset," he told me. Critics are like toxic dandelions, they sprout here, there and everywhere, ready to sling their spite at boldface names. Quillin found himself wasting time and energy defending himself against Twitwits who ask him why he isn't fighting this guy or that.

Some have lobbed barbs at, Grand Rapids native, Quillin for not calling out Gennady Golovkin, the 23-0 Kazakh who holds the WBA world middleweight crown. He's been accused of ducking the German-based hitter. So, is he "scared" of Golovkin? "I used to be scared in my neighborhood, growing up wondering if you're living or dying," Quillin said, boiling his thinking down into some perspective-inducing wisdom. "I was scared of a pistol being pointed at my head, someone saying, 'I'm gonna blow your brains out unless you give me your money.'"

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