Peter Quillin aka Kid Chocolate is an American professional boxer who held the WBO middleweight title from 2012 to 2015. He's talks with Brose about becoming a professional boxer, winning the championship belt, and investing in real estate.
In April 2015, Peter Quillin carried a 31-0 record into his matchup against veteran southpaw Andy Lee. It was Quillin’s first fight in nearly a year and his first since vacating his world title in September 2014.
Quillin looked sharp early on, putting Lee on the canvas in the first and third rounds. But “Kid Chocolate” faded down the stretch, hit the deck himself in Round 7 and had to settle for a 12-round split draw.
Then, following a vicious fifth-round KO of Australian Michael Zerafa last September, Quillin challenged fellow Brooklyn, New York, resident Daniel Jacobs for his 160-pound title on December 5. It was expected to be an exciting, highly competitive fight. Instead, it lasted just 85 seconds, with Jacobs scoring a shocking TKO.
Looking back at his efforts against Lee and Jacobs, Quillin is quick to play the blame game—that is, he wholly blames himself.
“I’ve watched both of those fights twice,” Quillin says. “There was no head movement or footwork. I went out straight at Jacobs with the intensity of trying to knock him out, [and didn’t] jab. I was thinking like a puncher instead of the athletic boxer I can be.
“I was high on my power, so my boxing ability was lacking against Lee and Jacobs.”
Although Quillin hasn’t fought since the Jacobs loss, he hasn’t exactly been idle. In fact, after parting ways with longtime trainer Eric Brown, he headed across the country three months ago and hooked up with renowned trainer Virgil Hunter at the latter’s boxing gym in Hayward, California.
Separating from Brown wasn’t easy, but it was a move Quillin believes was necessary to advance his career under Hunter, who is offering his new fighter more than just physical guidance.
“Before coming here, I respectfully called Eric Brown. We had a father-son relationship, but he's a respectful man and was cool with it,” Quillin says. “Virgil just teaches on a different level, [and motivates with] certain sayings or Bible scriptures.”
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