At peace: Peter Quillin interview
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Peter Quillin speaks to Shaun Brown about finding himself, moving to super middleweight and much more...
Peter Quillin (33-1-1, 23 KOs) appears to be a man at peace with himself nowadays.
The 35-year-old New Yorker, now trained by Aureliano Sosa, has been out of boxing’s relevant picture since he was stopped in just one round by Daniel Jacobs in 2015 - a battle of two New Yorkers – during his challenge for Jacobs’ WBA World Middleweight title.
Both men brought fire versus fire, but the champion packed more heat, forcing referee Harvey Dock to save Quillin from himself as the challenger was waved off while still on his feet with just over 90 seconds left in the round.
It was another thriller involving Quillin, a former WBO middleweight champion, AKA ‘Kid Chocolate’ – nicknamed after the original KC and Cuba’s first world champion, Eligio Sardinas Montalvo.
The Brooklyn Kid Chocolate had already proved enough highlights for a montage reel especially with his victory over Hassam N’Dam N’Jikam and his draw against Andy Lee. Within that cauldron and lifestyle of thrills, spills and big fights Quillin was here, there and everywhere.
“This is the first time I can actually say I’ve got a home. Me and my wife live in New Jersey right now. We own our house and just to be able to go home, lay down and say this is where I live at it feels good to be able to do that,” he told Boxing Monthly.
“I’d never been able to do that because I was always on the go, always on the run, I was here… I was living in apartments, storages… and to always have people around you all the time is the worst. I was getting tired of that. I just had to fix some things in my life and I’m glad where I’m at right now.
“I would say I’m much more wiser,” Quillin answered when asked what the differences were between the man of 2015 to the one he is now. “Much more experienced, much more spiritual. I’m definitely more of a father. I’m not saying I wasn’t much of a family man then but just even more now. I’ve got two kids who depend on me.”
Quillin did return to the fold briefly last year (September 8) doing enough to defeat former Conor McGregor sparring partner Dashon Johnson, a man with as many wins as he had losses, over eight rounds. And while Quillin may have been in the ring that night at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas it seemed like a temporary stop-off while he was trying to figure out what do with his career, what team to have around him and ultimately trying to clear his head.
“It’s easy to say I was finding myself,” said Quillin, “but I already knew who I was. I can’t really say I was finding myself… [I was] finding a way, a different way to do things. I needed to change my team, I had to have some solitude with God.
“Me losing [against Jacobs] was part of life. People lose every day. A lot of different things manifested itself in that moment. I didn’t take the loss as traumatic as other people did. I think I had to just learn how to deal with certain things. Family. I spent a lot time away with my kids, so I just wanted to have some solitude and get myself back to where I needed to be, mentally, physically and spiritually.”
The return of Quillin sees him campaigning at super middleweight. He tests the waters on Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale against J’Leon Love (24-1-1, 13 KOs). Love describes the bout as a crossroads fight: “We have to run into each other”.
Quillin told Boxing Monthly that Love has been chasing him since the Detroiter was 15 fights into his career around 2013. He told BM he didn’t know the reasons why but despite his own prolonged absence against mid to top level competition he wants a “dog fight” against Love.
“He’s going to be delivered in my hands,” said Quillin with religious undertones that perhaps a man of God would only understand.
“What I mean is I will be victorious in this fight,” was how he translated the phrase near the end of the interview.
“If it’s going to be a dog fight it’s going to be a dog fight. If it’s going to be me out-boxing him, it’s going to be me out-boxing him. That’s just is what it is. There’s nothing that J’Leon is going to be able to do in this fight that’s going to show me anything different that I haven’t seen in 35 fights. All my whole boxing career that I’ve done has been spectacular. He’s got some pressure on him because for him to be able to make a statement against me he gonna have to outdo Danny Jacobs.”