NEW YORK (September 22, 2011) – Unbeaten middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin recently gained invaluable experience during his three weeks in Colorado Sprongs training with members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team.
Quillin (25-0, 19 KOs), presently rated No. 7 by the World Boxing Association (“WBA”)and No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation (“IBF”), is a bi-coastal fighter living and training in Los Angeles and Manhattan. He trains at the famed Wild Card Gym in L.A., but between training camps he often returns to the Big Apple. The multi-talented 28-year-old Quillin is back in New York City, where he’s giving training lessons at Trinity Boxing Gym in Manhattan.
Roach is serving as a consultant and strategist for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team and when Freddie asked Petey if he’d be interested in spending time there as a volunteer, Quillin quickly packed his bags and traveled to the U.S. Olympic Training Camp.
“It was an opportunity of a lifetime for me,” Quillin explained. “I met, trained and sparred with young boxers at the pinnacle of their amateur careers, preparing to represent their country. I lost three friends back in Grand Rapids (Michigan where he lived as a youngster) and chose not to go home but to train with the Olympians. I sparred regularly with Marcus Brown and Jessie Hart. They’re getting ready to compete in the World Championships to qualify to fight in The Olympics. They’ll be boxing older, more experienced guys and Freddie thought it would help them to spar with some good pros. They also wanted us there as role models for these young boxers.
“I only had 15 amateur matches and I wanted to see how I’d compete with them. They’re representing their country and that’s something money can’t buy. Fighters are fighters and this is what we do– accept challenges. Jessie has very fast hands and Brown a lot of pop. It was a great overall experience for all of us.”
Peter has also realized that he may have gotten a little carried away, through the media and social networking, regarding a potential showdown against middleweight king Sergio Martinez. “I apologize for my outlandish behavior, at times, concerning a fight against Martinez,” Quillin said. “It became a very hot topic and I said some things I shouldn’t have because I was desperately seeking a fight against him. I got caught-up in the hype. I realize now that what I really need to do is win a couple of big fights that will get me closer to a match against Martinez.”
Quillin’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, and his manager, John Seip, are currently working on a major fight for “Kid Chocolate” by the end of 2011.
For more information about Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin go online to www.TheKidChocolate.com or follow him on Twitter @/Kid Chocolate.