Boxing: showtime

Quillin wins via TKO over Rosado

October, 26, 2013
New Yorker Peter Quillin has a reputation as a knockdown artist, having notched 10 knockdowns in his past two fights before stepping into the ring at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on Saturday night on a Golden Boy card.

In defending his middleweight title, the 30-year-old Quillin didn't find foe Gabriel Rosado as easy to dent as Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam or Fernando Guerrero, though. He knocked Rosado down once, but the scrap was nip-and-tuck until Round 10. Then, the doctor halted the bout, at 40 seconds elapsed, deeming a cut over Rosado's left eye too bad to allow the fighter to continue. Quillin was awarded the TKO win, because the cut was caused by a punch.

"I was hurting him," Rosado said afterward. "I deserve a rematch -- this is the story of my life, I'm the real Rocky Balboa."

"I feel good," Quillin said. "It wasn't easy but I earned every bit of it." He said he respects the doctor for protecting the loser. He mentioned Sergio Martinez as a possible next foe, and said he'd defend versus anyone, "even my mother."

The Philladelphia fighter Rosado was buckled by a left hook early in the first but collected himself. The patient Quillin waited for a spot, assessing Rosado's methods. In the second, Rosado went down in a flash with 35 seconds to go. It was a left hook that did it, after a right blinded him.

In the third, Rosado wanted to press more. He had some luck, with rights, and in keeping Quillin from patiently dissecting him. In the fourth, Quillin's underrated left hook scored a few times. Then Quillin got buzzed late, off a short right counter. He held smartly. In the fifth, Rosado had Quillin thinking too much, backing up. Rosado mocked him with showboating early. In the sixth, the Rosado right again found a home a couple times. Quillin did well early, when a constant jab was in motion.

In the seventh, a right upper for Quillin wowed the crowd. His foe has good torso and head movement when threatened, though. In the eighth, Rosado stalked Quillin; his confidence was high and he indicated that Quillin didn't have bothersome pop. The cut on his left eye said otherwise after the ninth ended. In Round 10, the ref asked the doctor looked at the cut, and the doctor said no mas.

Quillin, who grew up in Michigan, is now 30-0 with 22 KOs. Rosado drops to 21-7.

The scores at the time of the stop were 89-81, 87-83 and 90-80, for Quillin, from Waleska Roldan, Ron McNair and Kason Cheeks, respectively. Quillin went 88-of-349, to 80-of-297 for the loser, in punch stats.
Peter Quillin found himself early in the week caught up in what has become a regular thing in boxing, a PED flap. His June 2 foe Winky Wright asked late in the game for testing, it seemed testing was done, then it was decided that testing wouldn't be done. Wright cried foul, Quillin returned fire ... but the ending is a happy one, in light of the fact that two recent high-profile scraps, Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan and Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto, were scrapped because of PED issues. This fight is on, and Quillin (age 28; 26-0 with 20 KOs; lives in N.Y., trains in L.A. with Freddie Roach) will take on the stiffest test of his seven-year pro career, in Wright (51-5-1), the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer.

Today, Quillin told me, he is centered and ready to rock, that the PED kerfuffle is over, in his mind. "I can't be pissed off because we're still fighting," Quillin said about the scrap which will run on Showtime. "I get paid still. I submitted my testing and blood and did everything that was required. We are past all that stuff now because the fight is Saturday."

Quillin tells me he is fully focused on Wright. But that doesn't mean in the recent past, he hasn't pondered what a win would mean to him, and what challenge he would next take on. If you scan the names on some of the top-10 lists of the various sanctioning bodies at middleweight, I suspect you will react as I did.


Some of the names on there are not even household names in their native lands. Avtandil Khurtsidze. Who? Billi Facundo Godoy. Who? Kerry Hope, Dominik Britsch. Who and who? These guys are top-fivers in the WBC, WBA and IBF.

"That's why we took the fight with Wright," Quillin said. "Those are names I can't pronounce. I never heard of those guys." He does know the name of the top dog at 160 according to the IBF, champion Daniel Geale. "If Geale wants to come to the US, we are willing to fight him," Quillin said, making sure to remind me that Wright is first on his to-do list.

My hunch is Quillin will be too much for Wright, and wouldn't it be nice to see Quillin challenging the 27-1 Aussie Geale, or another crownholder, at the Barclays Center in the fall?

He used to live in Fort Greene, and though he's moving into an Upper East side pad in a few weeks, Quillin has the personality that could and should draw Brooklyners. Now, Long Islanders might be another matter.

We were chatting about NYC and the boroughs. He said he loves the whole city and can even be persuaded to go to Long Island if the setup is right. "Long Island, I'll go for three girls," he said, chuckling, making clear he really has nothing against the Island. "Or one big chick! I'm just playin'. I go there to see friends, or to see boxing shows, too."

Quillin moved to NYC from Michigan when he was 18, and the city had him on the ropes for a bit. He needed to surf on sofas of friends when he couldn't get up enough green for rent for a spell. When his big break comes, you get the feeling he will soak it in and appreciate his good fortune.

"You go to New York, and stand outside, you see a million different faces. The next day you won't see the same faces. It makes you be aggressive. I consider New York my home town. It ain't where you from, it's where you at. I got a sublet in L.A., that's where I go to prepare to beat people up. But I'm a New Yorker."

'New sheriff' Quillin gunning for Wright

May, 29, 2012

I daresay there are few folks who will be rooting harder for Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin to win his most notable step-up fight, against Winky Wright on Saturday night in California, than his nieces and nephew. That's because the 28-year-old Michigan-born New Yorker has assured them that he will be paying for an all-expenses-paid trek to Disney if he beats Wright at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

Go, Uncle Peter!

It's easy to root for Quillin (28-0, 20 KOs) -- who is coming off a November TKO win over Craig McEwan -- even if you're not related to him, because he is a fun interview and, oh yeah, he's got skills. American fight fans who would like to see a local guy -- and by that, I mean an American -- rise to the top of the ranks at 160 pounds are hoping Quillin is too young, strong and quick for Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs). You can watch the bout on Showtime.

Wright, 40, a future Hall of Famer, longtime junior middleweight titlist and holder of two wins over Shane Mosley and one over Felix Trinidad, has been working on his golf game much more than he has on his fight game in the past few years. He has lost his previous two fights, to Bernard Hopkins (2007) and Paul Williams (2009), and hasn't shown a consistent desire to go through the physical and mental grind the sport requests.

"I want to be the middleweight champion," Quillin told me. "The hunger is there. It's a different hunger, not having had the title. Winky, you already won, you had your shot. There's a new sheriff in town. I got two .44s. I have to prove to him I'm the new sheriff. I want to be the next star."

If and when Quillin beats Wright, and the kids get to do Disney, he does regret that he won't be attending with them. Not because he gets queasy on rides or has an irrational fear of men in mouse suits, but because Quillin wants to get that win and get back to the grind, get back to the hustle.

Quillin takes pride in telling me he will be working on his birthday, June 22, at a sports expo, and will keep on teaching boxing classes no matter how high his star flies.

"I got to keep my head in the sport," he said. "The world I'm living in is about hard work."

Quillin regularly teaches boxing classes at the Trinity Boxing Club downtown. He charges low rates because he wants to be as inclusive as possible. (That's another reason he's someone to root for. Quillin admits that it will be nice to get superstar paydays, but he understands that most folks cut and scratch to stay afloat.)

Most pundits see the younger lion as the favorite in this one, viewing Wright as being too far past his prime. But Quillin is damned close to a title shot, and I do believe he isn't looking past Winky, at one of the belt holders at 160. I asked if he sees himself as the favorite or the challenger.

"Winky requested I come in as the challenger, that he come to the ring second," Quillin said. "I agreed. I put myself as the challenger. He wants to feel on top. At the end of the day, I don't know how worried he should be about who's coming in first. You need to be worried about all those punches on your ass."

Check back later for Part II, in which I chat with Quillin about the recent mini-flap about drug testing ahead of the Wright showdown, and why he has certain criteria for heading to Long Island ... or not.
"Don't lean forward. Don't lean forward."

"Smooth. Smooth."

"If you stay there, he punches down the middle."

"Back on that jab. Back him up with it."

Carl Froch received instruction from trainer Robert McCracken on Monday afternoon at the Trinity Boxing Club in downtown NYC, all of it geared to the tactics and strategy he'll use against Andre Ward on Dec. 17 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The bout is the finale of the Super Six super middleweight tournament, and will run on Showtime, which put together the ambitious extravaganza in the fall of 2009.

"Got to be really short inside."

"Don't get big and tall."

It's interesting to me when I see and hear trainers giving pointers to name guys like Froch, age 34, the two time and current WBC 168 pound champ. I mistakenly assume that someone 28-1 with 20 KOs, with wins over Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham and Glen Johnson isn't in the market for pointers and likely doesn't need them. But Froch is receptive to McCracken's tutelage, as well he should be, quite likely. Ward could easily be the best in breed of foes he's faced. The 24-0 (13 KOs) Oakland-born hitter, age 27, doesn't dazzle you with showmanship or awesome power or Astaire feet, but he just plain wins. His WBA 168-pound crown will be up for grabs in AC.

Froch, who came in to town late Saturday night, told me he's putting an end to that. Before that, he set the record straight about a recent Daily Mail (UK) story, which revealed he and galpal Rachael Cordingley and son Rocco, 18 months, will up and move from Nottingham to America. No, he said, lines got crossed. They will stay in the UK.

"Ward is a good fighter, a good amateur and a decent pro," he said. "Reason I say he's a decent pro is, I turn his fights off. He's never involved in good fights. He's good at winning, but there's no sort of buzz about him. He poses a serious threat, but it's not like he's Roy Jones, or Sugar Ray Leonard, or Mike Tyson, or Carl Froch."

Froch took a poke at Ward's humility, which he questions, as Ward's nickname is "Son of God" but he is by no means assuming that Ward is purely a puffed up puncher who is unbeaten purely by accident. "He's not a dominant force. Is he the best I've ever fought, technically, skillwise, potentially. But a fight is about strength, courage, character, heart, punching power, experience, you put Ward on the top of all that?"

Froch scoffs at the prediction made by Ward's trainer, Virgil Hunter, that Ward will KO Froch. He said he finds Hunter "laughable" and "comical," all due respect offered.

The Brit boxer said he hasn't really tried to play any mind games, apart from telling Ward during the taping of a Showtime promo show that he would knock him out. "He looked like he thought about it, and was concerned," Froch said. "I hit very, very hard. When he gets hit by me, nobody will have hit him as hard, simple as that."

If his power doesn't result in a KO, Froch said, he hopes that the judges will give him a fair shake. But he is thinking that he might go after Ward early, look to take him out, to remove that part of the equation.

Froch will be at MSG on Saturday, and is thinking Cotto will prevail over Margarito in their rematch. "I think it will be a close, brutal fight, and Cotto maybe takes it on points," he said. "I will feel the nerves on the ring entrance, you put yourself in there."