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Videos: TKO series documents Peter Quillins training camp and life outside boxing

7 May
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Take a look at the life of Peter Quillin during training camp. In part one of this two part docu-series, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin provides fans with a look into his life outside of boxing. Whether it’s taking salsa lessons or teaching boxing classes, Quillin provides a glimpse into his world leading up to his fight at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY on April 27, 2013 against Fernando Guerrero.
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Peter Quillin

In part two, Kid Chocolate exclusively shows his training camp and all that it entails. Training for a championship fight is difficult, but Quillin shows fans what keeps him motivated as he prepared for his fight at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY on April 27 2013 against Fernando Guerrero.

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Photos: Peter Quillin knocks Winky Wright onto the canvas en route to ten round decision

4 Jun

Words: Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

Wildcard Boxing Club middleweight Peter Quillin, an emerging 28-year-old contender from Grand Rapids by way of Brooklyn, overcame former 154lb world champion Winky Wright on Saturday, June 2 at Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Wright relied on lead shots and defence, while Quillin bombarded the experienced 40-year-old southpaw with bruising power shots.

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Stone’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Wright
9 10 10 9 8 9 9 9 9 9

Quillin
10 9 9
10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Official verdict: Quillin by way of unanimous decision (98-91, 98-91, 97-92).

“I prepared for a 21-year-old Winky Wright and at times he fought like that,” Quillin (27-0-0, 20ko) said, noting Wright’s early (but overall limited) success). “You can see from my face that I didn’t take a lot of punishment tonight.”

Quillin tagged Wright with a plethora of punches thrown with bad intentions

Quillin had a more positive approach to the fight in round one but in the second and third rounds, the veteran Wright (51-6-1, 25ko) was able to take on the role of ring general, making a point of occupying the positions of the ring that he wanted to whilst jabbing effectively and employing a decent defence. These signs, of course, showed the contest was being fought on his terms, despite the 12-year age gap between he and Kid Chocolate.

There will, no doubt, be dissimilarities on scorecards due to the two fighters relying on completely different fistic material. After three rounds of boxing, Quillin had landed just two jabs – a paltry amount, especially compared to Wright’s far greater success rate of one landed for every five thrown. Quillin, though, owned Winky when it came to firing shots with bigger bullets.

Any competitiveness Wright hoped to sought disintegrated prior to the midway stage as Quillin, by round five, had established a good fluidity to his style. There was finer action from Wright who had begun to put punches together but Quillin stood up to anything Winky threw and this proved decisive. Quillin was never in discomfort when it came to taking a punch from Wright whereas Kid Chocolate’s shots had a strong pop and even put Winky on his seat in the session’s final minute with a right hand over a low left that shook up Winky’s core before buckling his legs completely.

Kid Chocolate’s shots proved to be too flavoursome for Winky’s pallet but, even though he was down, he was never out

Quillin’s power was audible in the sixth as his shots thudded into Wright’s frame and could be heard inside the Home Depot Center despite a noticeably loud Californian crowd. Wright responded well, checking Quillin’s chin at the beginning of the seventh but, Winky never being a heavy hitter, struggled to make Peter think twice about throwing as often as he was and Quillin insisted with a more pressing style.

Quillin inflicted a shellacking onto Wright in the eighth round, roughing his opponent up and bloodying his nose. An uppercut initiated the physical abuse as Winky was once again rattled and there was no let-up from what followed. Wright kept a guard high and, for the rest of the round, kept his arms there without following a single shot as Quillin went on a rampage with cross shots, straights and wide hooks.

Overall, it was another win for Quillin but the manner in which Wright is now expected to slip into retirement, having interrupted a three-year hiatus to box Kid Chocolate, one can’t help but think Winky was served up to provide the middleweight with a sweet win on his way to a title shot at 160lbs.

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Quillin on making Wright see stars, Winky talks the Marvin Hagler route to the top

2 Jun

Words: Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

Like the main event cruiserweight match-up between Antonio Tarver and Lateef Kayode, Peter Quillin‘s bout with Winky Wright (51-5-0, 25ko) pits youth and enthusiasm against age and experience. Wright, like Tarver, has never incurred a knockout defeat but he has a young buck in front of him on June 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson that is hunting for his head. For Winky, though, that’s exactly what he says he has been looking for in an opponent…

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Quillin sports a powerful frame and is 0.4lbs under the 160lb limit

“I’m prepared for anything,” said Quillin (26-0-0, 20ko), who weighed in at 159.6lbs, during the build-up to fight night. “I’m prepared to fight King Kong if I have to. That’s what I’ve been training to do. I make sure that I have to endure every struggle while I’m in camp so I can see the glory when I step in the ring.”

Despite Wright’s 37 month inactivity, the fact he is a known survivor adds intrigue to his clash with Quillin as Peter is on a knockout run having scalped Martin Desjardins, Dennis Sharpe, Jesse Brinkley, Jason LeHoullier and Craig McEwan all ahead of schedule.

“I haven’t been the distance in over two years now,” Kid Chocolate commented. “My last five fights have been stoppages [in] six rounds or less. Boxing is all about the challenges. And that’s why Winky Wright and I took this fight. I never really said I was going to knock him out. Pluto is a place that he’s never been. Now if he happens to see stars then that’s not my problem.”

Despite Wright’s ring absence, he never seriously ballooned up in weight, only putting on 15lbs more than his heaviest fighting weight (170lbs versus Bernard Hopkins in 2007): “I’m not going to say I stayed in boxing shape,” he said. “I wasn’t fat, but I wasn’t in boxing shape. I may have weighed 185.”

Can Wright roll back the years to stun Quillin?

Wright, who scaled in at 159lbs during Friday, June 1’s weigh-in, added: “[The old Winky from 2004 is] still here. I have a great opponent that will bring it out of me. I didn’t pick a bum, I picked a kid that is undefeated, hungry and wants to prove to the world he’s great. He’s tough and that’s what I’m looking for.”

Wright is unfazed at the prospect of Quillin having home support as the fighter has made the West Coast his adopted home. Winky commented that he is comfortable having taken the “Marvin Hagler” route to the top by taking on guys in their own yards.

“Maybe a lot of people didn’t have to take the route that I had to take to get where I got to, but I think taking that route made me a better and stronger fighter. It made me a tougher fighter because I knew that I could win no matter where I was.” The only question that remains is if the former undisputed ruler of 154lb boxing is still better and stronger at 40-years-old with a three year layoff behind him…

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Trout v Rodriguez to join Quillin, Wright, Tarver and Kayode on Showtime card

24 Apr

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World ranked junior middleweight contender Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14ko) has signed on to challenge defending WBA world champion Austin Trout (24-0-0, 14ko) on Saturday, June 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, as announced by Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing, today. The twelve round Rodriguez/Trout clash will be broadcast on Showtime, as part of their scheduled ‘quadruple header’ evening of live boxing.

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Rodriguez rewarded with world title shot after thumping Wolak win. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym

“This is an excellent opportunity for Delvin and we’re very thankful to Showtime for broadcasting his world title fight against Austin Trout. Delvin’s been looking for big fights since his dominating win over Pawel Wolak in December at Madison Square Garden and was thrilled when we spoke about the world title fight,” said DeGuardia.

“”Delvin hasn’t fought on the West Coast since early in his career, and the Home Depot Center is an outstanding venue for boxing and he’s looking forward to fighting in front of the knowledgeable and supportive Southern California fight fans.”

Born in the Dominican Republic and now residing in Danbury, Connecticut, the East Coast fan favorite Rodriguez, 28-5-3, has been a staple of ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights for many years, having appeared eleven times and participating in numerous memorable battles.

In 2011, Rodriguez’s ten round war with Pawel Wolak was named “Fight of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of American along with numerous other boxing outlets. The unforgettable fight, promoted by Star Boxing, took place at a sold out Roseland Ballroom in New York City on July 15 with Rodriguez valiantly fighting to a ten round majority draw over the bull-rushing Wolak.

In the rematch with Wolak on December 3 in front of a sold out Garden crowd and broadcast on HBO, Rodriguez dominated Wolak in winning a lopsided ten round unanimous decision. Rodriguez brought the MSG crowd to its feet in the tenth and final round as he went for the knockout and brutally battered Wolak, who was saved by the bell.

Rodriguez is currently world ranked number five by the IBF, WBA and WBO along with number seven by the WBC. He previously challenged for the IBF welterweight title in 2009, losing a close split decision to Isaac Hlatshwayo. Four of Rodriguez’ five losses have been closely-competitive and tight decisions.

Trout, meanwhile, won his world title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Rigoberto Alvarez on February 5, 2011 in Jalisco, Mexico. He has defended it twice, most recently stopping Frank LoPorto on November 11th in El Paso, Texas.

Elsewhere on the Showtime card set for early June is a middleweight bout between comebacking veteran Ronald Winky Wright against undefeated Wildcard contender Peter Quillin, a bantamweight clash for the full IBF belt between Leo Santa Cruz and Vusi Malinga and the headlining match-up… the IBO cruiserweight championship between Antonio Tarver and challenger Lateef Kayode.

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Quillin stops McEwan but referee’s intervention is untimely

6 Nov

Alan Dawson – London

Craig McEwan may wake this morning feeling rightfully lemon as he succumbed to a sixth round technical knockout loss to rising middleweight contender Peter Quillin in Cancun, Mexico on Saturday, November 5, however, he was never down and out, remained eager to fight but just couldn’t find any flow. The timing of the stoppage was no doubt premature despite Quillin’s superiority to that point.

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Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
McEwan 10 9
9 9 9 9

Quillin
9 10 10
10 10
10

Judges verdict: N/a.

In the opening round, McEwan looked the more controlled as he popped his southpaw jab out and followed up with the left cross. The Scotsman was able to catch Quillin’s single-fire shotting on his gloves and also blocked the combination moves from the dapper Chi Town pugilist dubbed Kid Chocolate after the famed Cuban who wowed boxing crowds in the 1920s and 30s.

Quillin jabbed with more authority in round two but was clocked with a straight left in the second minute. Towards the end of the stanza, the American landed a strong right hand before boxing off the ropes and finding good success with tough heavy leather that damaged McEwan’s cheek bones. The 29-year-old then returned to his corner with claret leaking out of a laceration on his mush.

In the third, McEwan chinned Kid Chocolate with a left while Quillin sought to goad his opponent onto him, daring him to unleash shots that he could counter-punch. In the fourth, Quillin fired one-two moves into the middle of McEwan’s tall frame. Bleeding from the mouth, McEwan stepped in but Quillin was able to continously beat his man to the punch, taking advantage of a sloppy Scot and aggravating his facial damage with every connecting shot.

In the fifth, Quillin lingered on the back-foot, boxing at his own tempo and catching McEwan whenever he stepped inside. McEwan attempted to take the fight to the American but his timing was off and so he was oft swatting at flies. Conversely, Quillin was all about intuition, knowledge of range, all-round body movement and timing.

McEwan sought to box Quillin’s body at the beginning of play in round six and, as the stanza drew to a close, pushed his man onto the ropes and sent light shots into either side of the body. Quillin caught McEwan with two short-range hard right hands in swift succession… neither punch really staggered the Scot but, in a strange act, the referee intervened to wave off the fight and award the Kid with the teekayo win.

The crisper, cleaner punches all came from Quillin who produced the superior and more aesthetically-pleasing work by picking McEwan off with sharp right hands, however, he didn’t send McEwan jigging down Queer Street, nor did he overwhelm him with an unanswered barrage. Quillin was, indeed, out-landing his opponent but McEwan should have been granted the benefit of finding his rhythm and turning the tie around when he was only losing rounds, not getting himself dominated.

With the win, Quillin’s record was elevated to 26-0-0, 20ko while McEwan plummeted to 19-2-0, 10ko.

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Craig McEwan sparred Alfredo Angulo to ready himself for Peter Quillin

2 Nov

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Having dropped a hard fought tenth round technical knockout defeat to Andy Lee in a classic Celtic war earlier in the year, Scottish southpaw Craig McEwan was tasked with the potentially daunting prospect of tackling undefeated American; Peter Quillin on November 5 in his comeback, however, the 29-year-old has alleviated any trepidation before it had a chance to build up as he has been buoyed by hard sparring sessions with Mexican power puncher Alfredo Angulo.

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Quillin brings the action. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“McEwan is facing a great middleweight prospect with an undefeated record – Peter Quillin,” said Golden Boy Promotions honcho Oscar de la Hoya of the bout scheduled for ten rounds at the Centro de Cancun in Cancun, Mexico this weekend.

Whilst McEwan (19-1-0, 10ko) is coming off the back of what is his only defeat as a professional, Quillin, conversely, is on great form having knocked out all four of his past four opponents, with one of the most notable in April; a third round stoppage of former world title challenger Jesse Brinkley.

Acknowledging that a match-up with the Kid Chocolate represents a step-up in class for him, McEwan believes he has gone through ideal preparation having sparred with Angulo on a daily basis. The spar served good purpose for Perro, also, as he headlines the Cancun card in a super welterweight bout with James Kirkland in a contest set for 12 threes.

“I’m very well prepared and I think this is the biggest fight of my life,” said McEwan. “I’m excited to be on HBO again – it’s fantastic. I’m looking forward to the fight, it’s a great opportunity. I have been getting ready sparring with Alfredo Angulo six days a week. This fight is a leap for me, it’s a big step up but I am ready.”

Quillin (25-0-0, 19ko) commented that McEwan is not the only fighter in the ring who will be facing his toughest opponent to date: “I respect any fighter I step in the ring with and Craig is going to be a step-up for me. We’ll both bring it all to the ring.”

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Quillin using ‘torture machine’ and undergoing ’90 minutes of straight pain’ to prepare for McEwan

31 Oct

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Highly-praised middleweight campaigner, Peter Quillin, has been thrust into his most significant fight of his career thus far as he takes on game Scotsman; Craig McEwan, at the Centro de Cancun in Cancun, Mexico on Saturday, November 4 and, in preparing for the ten round bout, the Kid Chocolate has – amongst other routines – been enduring lengthy sessions on a Vortex machine; something he likens to “torture“.

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Glassy operator but 'Kid Chocolate' Quillin's prep involves torture. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

With a commendable 25-0-0, 19ko record and solid wins over journeymen such as Dennis Sharpe and former world title challengers like Jesse Brinkley (both by knockout) on his resume, Quillin has garnered a reputation as an exciting American fighter with a promising future. The grueling training sessions have all been worth it as, in one word, the 28-tear-old summarised his overall camp as “great”.

He continued: “My old buddy from Brooklyn, Sechew Powell, has been here with me in Los Angeles. We didn’t spar but, almost equally important; we talked a lot of boxing. He told me nothing else matters, to just focus on the biggest fight of my life. He’s been very supportive and it was fantastic having a friend like him around during camp. He kept me up in this atmosphere.

The Wildcard Boxing Club experience has not only been beneficial for the world class sparring available, but also because of the wisdom passed down to him by head trainer Freddie Roach who, because of his obligations to premier fighter Manny Pacquiao, will not work Quillin’s corner in Cancun.

“My mother cooked for me and my manager, John Seip, came out to visit me. Freddie Roach had a lot of input into my training and game plan for this fight.” On who will be giving him instruction between rounds on fight night, Quillin said: “I’ll be in good hands with trainer Eric Brown. I’m only fighting one night without Freddie, just one night, but Freddie, Eric and Brad work as a team for the ‘Chocolate Factory.’ We trust and believe in each other in order to get the maximum out of each workout.”

In order to ready himself for McEwan, Quillin has sparred super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan, Ronson Frank, Michael Medina and Malic Basille. Quillin’s working week involves three days of sparring (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), with strength work and endurance training slotting in on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This, on top of daily four mile runs and hill-work once per week.

“I only sparred with Vanes a little because he was getting ready for his fight this past weekend,” said Quillin. “Ronson gave me some good rounds and Basille’s a good lefty. I was doing 12 rounds with 3-4 different guys rotating in and out. In addition to sparring at Wild Card, I also did a lot of pads, heavy bag, and other work there on my technique and strategy for this fight.”

The harder graft has come in the form of stair-climbers and torture machines, as Quillin explained: “I’ve been working on a machine that’s like a stair-climber but you use your legs and arms. One hundred steps a minute is great for my wind. The Vortex is a torture machine Brad has for punch resistance, 100 punches in 30 seconds, and then 100 punches going side to side. Basically, it’s 90 minutes of straight pain.”

McEwan is a former student of Roach’s at the Wildcard, something Quillin believes will be of benefit to himself because his team will have a more intimate knowledge of the Scot than McEwan will have of he. Quillin commented: “Freddie knows Craig… they were together for a few years and we have a solid game plan based on what Freddie knows.

“We sparred a few times,” he added. “McEwan knows about me and my work ethic, but we know a lot more about him. He’s coming off of his only loss [knockout to Andy Lee in a Celtic war], so he’s fighting me with something to prove. I’ve always been able to adjust during a fight. I am prepared and will adjust against McEwan, doing whatever it takes to win and do it impressively.”

In a concluding statement, Quillin said: “An impressive win against McEwan on HBO will get me closer to my ultimate goal of fighting for a world title.”

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Angulo and Kirkland punch-up confirmed for November, Quillin and McEwan on undercard

29 Sep

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James Kirkland (29-1-0, 26ko) and Alfredo Angulo (20-1-0, 17ko) will slug it out in a non-title 12-round super welterweight contest in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico on November 5. The bout will be broadcast live on HBO and will also be supported with an undercard that pits unbeaten American Peter Quillin (25-0-0, 19ko) against lively Scottish southpaw Craig McEwan (19-1-0, 10ko) in a ten-round middleweight fight.

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Kirkland propelled into big fight. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

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Carl Froch to spar with 2012 Olympic hopefuls, Peter Quillin and Edwin Rodriguez in preparation for Andre Ward

18 Aug

Alan Dawson – London

In order to ready himself for Andre Ward on October 29, arguably the toughest test of two-time WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch‘s already impressive career, the Englishman dubbed “The Cobra” will be sparring Anthony Ogogo and Warren Baister; two members of Team GB’s Olympic squad for the 2012 Games in London, as well as well-ranked contenders Peter Quillin and Edwin Rodriguez.

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“During the first half of camp I’ll be sparring a mix of some of the Olympians,” Froch explained to Live Fight following a vacation with his family to Jamaica where he was shown around the island by England compatriot and former heavyweight king Lennox Lewis.

Froch (28-1-0, 20ko) confirmed that he will be sparring with Anthony Ogogo, a 22-year-old with an illustrious amateur career having won the Junior Olympics where he won outstanding boxer of the tournament in 2004, became the Under-17 world champion the following year and, last year, was a silver medalist at the Commonwealth Games in the middleweight division.

Super Six World Boxing Classic hopeful Froch will also exchange blows with amateur heavyweight Warren Baister (who would weigh-in as a cruiserweight in the professional circuit) and is known for his strength, speed and elusiveness – something that would be an asset when attempting to mimic the movements of Ward (24-0-0, 13ko); himself a 2004 Olympic gold medalist at the Athens Games and an undefeated professional.

“The amateurs such as middleweight Anthony Ogogo and heavyweight Warren Baister are perfect for the earlier work we [Froch and head trainer Robert McCracken] shall be doing. They box and move well and have a good blend of attributes to get me into fight mode.”

Froch also alluded to his switch in camps as he may take the second half of his training period to the United States like he did for his last bout, a decision victory over the experienced Glen Johnson. It is in the US where Froch will spar with two undefeated top ten super middleweight boxers, according to On The Beak’s division ranking, as Peter Quillin (trained by Freddie Roach) and Edwin Rodriguez, who recently defeated Aaron Pryor Jr and James McGirt, will be drafted in.

“Then later, probably Stateside actually, I’ll be looking at people like Kid Chocolate [Quillin] and Edwin Rodriguez who’s coming back up to speed. There’s a few other people in mind who’s names I wont mention. But they can box and fight. Don’t worry, the prep for Ward will be meticulous and we’ve got all game plans covered.”

He continued: “I’m currently weighing around 173lb and already have found my groove in training and am really up for this one. We know what approach we need for the Ward fight and am completely confident of our tactics to enable us to bring home the belts.”

Froch then commented on the magnitude of his fight that will be staged at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City. It is a conclusion of a two-year tournament, a unification of two exquisite prizefighters’ titles and The Ring magazine championship will also be made available to the winner. He said: “I imagine there will be a lot of the big names turning out at ringside for this fight. Pretty much everyone in the sport will be checking it out.

“We have got the WBA and WBC titles, The Ring magazine title and the number one spot in the division all up for grabs. They’ve said the winner is a lock for the pound for pound lists and rightly so. This is the hottest division in boxing and if I come through Ward then me and Great Britain will be right up there on that pound for pound list.

“And trust me, you’ll not see a better version of The Cobra on the October 29. Ward thinks he knows what is coming, but he’s not gonna see this one. He can switch hit or whatever he feels like but we’ve got a different approach.”

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Fight Photos: ‘Attack and Conquer’ Pt 4 – Peter Quillin looks to extend undefeated streak at expense of Jason LeHoullier

22 Jul

All pictures: Stacey Verbeek, Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

American middleweight and super middleweight contender Peter Quillin, one of the latest fighters to join the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California, has been put forth by trainer Freddie Roach as a potential opponent for consensus number one at 160lbs – Sergio Martinez. First off, though, “Kid Chocolate” has to take care of journeyman Jason LeHoullier at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas on Saturday, July 23.

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Touch Of Glass: Peter Quillin dresses dapper

Quillin (above) jests around with his fists that have a proven history of packing a punch (he has a kayo ratio of 75 percent) for On The Beak’s official fight photographer Stacey Verbeek. The 28-year-old American was initially slated to box veteran southpaw Tarvis Simms but is now due to fight Jason LeHoullier; a 33-year-old who has fought in Australia, Mexico and the US, but has lost his last five bouts.

Media Address: Quillin relishing Las Vegas test

Quillin (24-0-0, 18ko) took to the podium above, and also below, with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer. Quillin, at 6’1, has a four inch height advantage over LeHoullier (21-5-1, 8ko). LeHoullier has suffered two knockout defeats, one of which was against a stablemate of Quillin’s – the current WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Kid Chocolate: Quillin boxes in Vegas for first time

Quillins regular trainer is Freddie Roach, who believes his ward is ready to challenge Sergio Martinez for The Ring magazine belt. Roach’s primary athlete at the Mandalay Bay, though, is Amir Khan, who boxes Zab Judah in a two-belt unification contest in the evening’s main event fight.

Coach Roach: Quillin could be Freddie's next champ

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