Boxing: peter quillin

It'll be Kid Chocolate vs. Czech in DC

March, 5, 2014
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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).
He moved from NYC to LA two years ago, but we at NYFightBlog still claim Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) as one of our own, especially since he maintains an apartment here, he's on the cusp of the big fights and the acclaim and the earnings which drove him to keep on keeping on in NYC even when on the edge of homelessness, even when he didn't have enough money buy off the McDonald's dollar menu, and had too much pride to ask a friend for a handout.

A win on June 2 over four-time world light middleweight champion Ronald "Winky" Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) will get the 28 year-old to title-shot territory...and we will applaud when that happens. He's yet another one saved by boxing. Quillin quite likely would have followed in the wrong footsteps if he stayed in Michigan, and ended up in jail or worse yet, a young corpse. We figure the middleweight to get the better of Wright, no slouch at 40, but likely to be rusty after two years off, and back-to-back UD12 losses, to Bernard Hopkins (in 2007) and Paul Williams (on April 11, 2009). Quillin has Hollywood charisma and intensity; I could EASILY see him making a leap from the ring to TV, movies, commercials, etc. Put him on your watch list if he isn't already.

Quillin-Wright is the 10-round Showtime co-feature at Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Wright has never been stopped in 57 pro bouts, fighting world-class opponents such as Felix Trinidad (WDEC12), Shane Mosley (DEC12 twice), Bernard Hopkins (LDEC12), Paul Williams (LDEC12), Fernando Vargas (LDEC12) and Jermain Taylor (D12). All of Wright's five losses have been to world champions.

"This is my first fight on Showtime and it's a great opportunity for me to showcase my talents," Quillin said. "The reason I make so many sacrifices and work so hard is to be world middleweight champion. Defeating 'Winky' will get me closer and becoming the first to knock him out is motivating. I also want revenge for 'Winky' beating one of my favorite fighters, Felix Trinidad."

At risk for Quillin is a future title shot against one of the current world champions - Felix Sturm (WBA Super), Gennady Golovkin (WBA Regular), Daniel Geale (IBF), Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (WBC) and Dmitry Pirog (WBO) - and ultimately the coveted showdown with the universally recognized 160-pound champion, Sergio Martinez.

Quillin, the IBF #6 rated middleweight, could also be in line to fight one of the other top contenders such as Mathew Macklin or Andy Lee - a fight in NYC would be huge for Manhattan resident "Kid Chocolate" vs. either Irishman - or possibly former world champion Jermain Taylor. Lee, who passed on an opportunity to fight Quillin back on March 17 (St. Patrick's Day) at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, challenges Chavez on June 9.

None of the aforementioned potential fights will happen, of course, unless Quilln gets past the ageless Wright, whose peek-a-boo defensive style has caused nightmares for many opponents.

"I go to Wild Card Gym to work and with my strength-and-conditioning coach, Brad Bose, at his Anatomi Gym," Quillin spoke about being a professional boxer on the brink of a world title fight. "That's all I do when I'm training for a fight. I don't really do too much more between fights because boxing is my job, my career. My father, Pedro, and little brother, Cedric, have been here with me in LA giving me added motivation. My time is coming!"

Quillin has a powerful team behind him: promoter Golden Boy Promotions, co-managers John Seip and Jim McDevitt, new advisor Al Haymon, and trainers Freddie Roach and Eric Brown. They can get him to the Promised Land in boxing, but all of the rest is squarely up to "Kid Chocolate," starting June 2nd with "Winky."

For more information about Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin go online to www.TheKidChocolate.com or follow him on Twitter @/Kid Chocolate.

Agbeko out, so who's No. 1 on the NY P4P Top 5?

December, 5, 2011
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Gentlemen and ladies, it's time for an update to our NY P4P list. We shuffled the top of the deck, with a new power player grabbing the top spot after last month's No. 1 tasted from the bitter chalice of defeat Saturday night. Here is the beginning-of-the month Top 5.

After the Top 5, things are pretty static, with most of the crew waiting on fights. So we'll let some action play out, and take a look at the Top 20 at the end of the month.

5) Argenis Mendez (same ranking last month): The Brooklyn resident stayed busy with a TKO2 win over journeyman Alex Perez on the same show Nov. 18 headlined by No. 4 Joan Guzman. He will be in the market for a meaningful bout shortly after the new year. The super feather is now 19-2 with 10 KOs. Promoter Lou Dibella wanted to put him in against Adrien Broner, who holds the WBO super feather strap, but he got no traction on that. The WBC has a convention in Vegas next week, so the promoter will likely lobby for Mendez at that, and try to get something cooking.

4) Joan Guzman (same last month): The Dominican-born hitter is seeking one final run at relevancy. He shed some rust on Nov. 18 against Florencio Castellano in the DR. I've watched Guzman's "KO" in round one 30 times, and I still don't see his right uppercut, the one which dropped and stopped his foe, landing. But maybe I just needed another camera angle...The dubious nature of that victory aside, Guzman has to be happy that he succeeded at the scale. Weight woes have dragged him down, but he made 140 for this scrap, so that final run could play out.

3) Joseph Agbeko (last month No. 1): The Bronx-based Ghanian got handled definitively by Abner Mares in their rematch in Anaheim on Saturday night. Low blows did him in last time, but this time around, Mares' right hand, delivered to the head, gave Agbeko fits. He came on in rounds eight, nine and ten, but the judges didn't see enough from the 31 year-old. He dropped a UD by scores of 118-110, 118-110, 118-110. His record slips to 28-4. After, he said he got jobbed. “If I win I deserve to win. Right now, I don’t have anything to protest. I don’t feel like a loser. I think this decision is unfair. You shouldn’t have to knock out your opponent to win in California. I thought I fought better tonight than the last fight.”

2) Peter Quillin (last month No. 3): The New Yorker lives much of the time in Cali, to get that solid work at Freddie Roach's Wild Card, but with his personality and style, NYC still claims him. He's in the city till the new year, and he's been sparring Carl Froch, the WBC super middle champ who fights WBA 168 pound champ Andre Ward Dec. 17 in AC."I'm feeling good, I'm focused and ready, so 2012 I will be ready for anybody to establish myself as best middleweight in the world. I'm the best in the country now. My second step is to be one of the elite few out there." Quillin, age 26, has seen Matthew Macklin and Andy Lee, the Irish middles who live in NYC and Michigan, in the last few days, and told each that they might get it on. Quillin (26-0 with 20 KOs; beat Craig McEwan TKO 6 on Nov. 5) told us that promoter Golden Boy will figure out the next bout by the end of the year. "I'm not a sparring partner but it's good work," Quillin said. "I don't usually do this but in this case, it's my home home gym (Trinity Gym, downtown). I'm 172, ready to go now. Give me a fight like the animal I am!"

Drumroll, please. Let's hear it for our new No. 1,

1) Paulie Malignaggi (last month No. 2): Tweet this. The Twitter King is No. 1. With Joseph Agbeko's loss to Abner Mares, Paulie Malignaggi owns the top slot. The pride of Bensonhurst, who has called LA home this year, is hunting down his next ring outing. There's a good chance he'll glove up next against WBA world welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko, a 34-year-old Ukrainian with a 32-0 (21 KOs) mark. When told that he'd supplanted Agbeko, Malignaggi texted, "Nice!!! Thanks!! We are trying to bring Senchenko to the US. Him vs me in the new Barclays Arena would be a good sell with the Ukrainian population in NYC. I think he's solid but I like my chances." Malignaggi manager Anthony Catanzaro is working on making that bout happen. "We are pushing for the Senchenko fight," he said. "We are his mandatory and like our chances." And we like the chances of this Top 5 list trending some solid numbers, because no boxer works the social networking angle better than Paulie. He couldn't network his way to a clash with Marcos Maidana but you know he won't signal Tweet defeat, and give up hope.

NY P4P list: Who's No. 1?

November, 15, 2011
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Here ya go, NYC fight fans. The top five, the last batch of the top 20 in/or from NYC.

5) Argenis Mendez: This Dominican-born super feather almost secured the IBF crown but lost a unanimous decision to Juan Carlos Salgado on Sept. 10 in Mexico. His peeps say he was smacked with rabbit punches and was held too much in that loss. We agree, and we loved that he was busy as anything in the 12th and final round, where he almost had Salgado out. At one point in that 12th, the ref blocked Mendez (18-2 with 9 KOs) from getting to Salgado, and then Salgado, fatigued and hurting, tackled Mendez and almost yanked his shorts down. Prediction: Mendez, 25, will win a world title before he's done with the sweet science.

4) Joan Guzman: This slot might get some heat because Guzman is seen as a nasty example of unfulfilled potential. He has battled weight woes and scuttled fights because of that, but when he's on, his hand speed, combination punching and ring flash make him a world-class talent. Guzman (age 35; 30-0 with 17 KOs) is on the comeback road, and will fight in his native Dominican Republic against 17-4 Florencio Castellano on Nov. 18. If he doesn't make weight, the Bushwick, Brooklyn resident is off this NYC P4P list, never to return.

3) Peter Quillin: This is a heady rating for a kid whose career-best win comes against Craig McEwan or Jessie Brinkley, but many folks think he's ready for bigger, brighter things. Yeah, we know, we know, he lives in Cali, too. But Quillin still dashes back to his Manhattan apartment, and has an NYC-type brashness that tells you he's not a laid-back West Coaster sort. He rose to 26-0 when he beat Scotsman McEwan in Cancun on Saturday, in his HBO debut. He'll need to beat a fighter a grade above McEwan to rise higher on The List, though.

2) Paulie Malignaggi: Yeah, we know, we know, he lives in LA now. But he's still Paulie from Bensonhurst to us, even if he marries a Kardashian and gets his own reality show out there in LaLa land. The Magic Man, or the #TwitterKing, as he's now known, has brittle hands so his pop is negligible, but he's a smart boxer who uses movement to dictate pace and tone. Malignaggi (30-4 with just 6 KOs), an ex-junior welterweight champion, uses Twitter to keep relevant, and even book fights. Last week, he got Marcos Maidana to agree to a scrap, though his promoter Golden Boy will determine whether that danceoff gets done. At 30, he's found new life on the West Coast, and regained some zest in his legs. Can he keep some of the younger guns from chomping at his behind, and taking his No. 2 NYC P4P slot?

Drumroll please ... Ladies and gents, please put your hands together for the top NYC boxer. At least until Dec. 3, when he could well get bumped down The List:

1) Joseph Agbeko: The Ghana-born Bronx resident is a former two-time bantamweight champion who gets a stab at a third try when he meets Abner Mares on Dec. 3 in Anaheim. These two clashed in September, when Mares clanged Agbeko's cup about a thousand times en route to a majority decision win. Agbeko, nicknamed King Kong, pounded his chest and roared to fight fans his true worth when he beat Vic Darchinyan in 2009. At 31, Agbeko may have peaked, so we shall see if he can hold on to this coveted top slot.

Thanks to consultants Zach Levin, "Manager X," Kevin Rooney and Ryan Songalia for their input into the NYC P4P. Follow me on Twitter here . Send suggestions or hatemail to FightblogNYC@gmail.com.

Peter 'Kid Chocolate' Quillin to debut on HBO

October, 27, 2011
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New York boxing has suffered a significant talent drain in the last couple of years, with some of the best and brightest talent busting out of town for more hospitable climes. Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin is one of the talented hitters who jetted from NYC in order to give himself the best chance at making that desired leap in his career.

He moved to L.A. on June 2, 2010, and while he does bounce back and forth between LA and NY -- he has an apartment on both coasts -- Quillin (25-0 with 19 KOs) tells NYFightBlog that he's quite content with how the move has worked out for him. The middleweight gloves up on Nov. 5, against Craig McEwan in Mexico. It will be Quillin's HBO debut, and if he wins, he gets real close to having his name mentioned for marquee fights, against beltholders. But if and when those marquee fights come, and Quillin performs how he believes he can perform, don't expect him to amass his riches and then come back to NYC and hand 'em over to a Corcoran agent. Let him explain.

"I'll be going to Florida, probably," says Quillin, who mainly lived in Brooklyn and the Bronx during his NYC tenure. "There, you can make enough money to buy a good place. In New York, millionaires are just regular people. You make 100 G's and you're week-to-week."

Quillin moved to NYC from Michigan when he finished high school, and looked around him while Chin Checkers, Curtis Stevens, Jaidon Codrington, Sechew Powell, Joe Greene, Andre Berto, John Duddy and Paulie Malignaggi enjoyed more buzz than he. But he kept plugging, and now he's training at the Wild Card in Hollywood, with Freddie Roach and Eric Brown. He sounds stoked to be fighting on HBO, underneath the Alfredo Angulo-James Kirkland headliner.

"Some people get in those lights, and fold," he says. "It won't happen with me. I know where I'm headed. This is a big test. I know what's at stake. I'm 25-0 and I'm moving on to a lot of great things."

A win over world-class Tarvis Simms in July would've sped up the advancement process but Simms pulled out of the bout with an injury. Quillin has called out Sergio Martinez, Paul Williams and Kelly Pavlik in the past, but sounds resigned to the fact that he'll have to move up more incrementally, that one of the boldface names at 160 won't take a chance on losing to a quick-handed guy with some pop who's still building his rep and a wider fanbase.

Quillin likens himself to a subway performer, who's skilled as anything, but is playing to three riders and getting chump change tips ... until a talent scout sees the performer's skills and scoops him up. "I've been through the struggles. No one knew who I was when I first hit the scene. They said, 'Who is this guy?' "

More know now. But Quillin's signature win is over Jessie Brinkley, the "Contender" alum who is a gamer, but was never seen as a stud. McEwan, a 19-1 Scotsman who gave Andy Lee some trouble in a March TKO-10 loss, is a step up from Brinkley. A 6-1 lefty, Quillin's hand speed should be too much for McEwan, who used to train with Roach, but is now back in Scotland.

I expect Quillin's sharp right hand, used as a lead against the lefty, could stop the Scot inside the distance.

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