By Derek Bonnett: With only just over 30 bouts of professional and amateur experience, Grand Rapids, Michigan native, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin has quickly captured the imaginations of a lot of boxing aficionados. The fact that nobody is grilling him for taking on such a lofty moniker speaks volumes.
Quillin relocated to New York and soon hooked up with his current trainer, Colin Morgan to begin his march toward professional prizefighting success. Morgan developed Quillin and made numerous changes in his style before getting him to where he is today. After only 15 amateur bouts of little significance, Quillin made for a very pliable subject.
When manager, John Seip, who works with other Morgan trained fighters, was asked to consider Peter, he wanted to see the fighter for himself before he got carried away.
“I am a hands on sort of manager and I like to spend time in the gym with my trainers and fighters. One day Colin suggested that I take a look at Peter,” Seip recalled. “I was amazed at his athleticism, balance, and speed. I scheduled his first fight at the Hammerstein and the rest is history.”
It’s easy to get excited about the potential of Peter Quillin, 24, once you have had a chance to see him in action. Quillin is a nicely built middleweight at 6’ 1” and can punch with authority using both hands. From the start of his career, which began in June of 2005, until now, Quillin has dispatched his adversaries with a variety of punches from all angles in building a record of 17-0 (14 KO’s).
“Chocolate feels his power punch is his right hand, but I disagree,” said Seip. “Nonetheless, he is dangerous with both hands, [but this is only] one of the reasons why he is so dangerous. If you watch some of Peter’s fights, he has an incredible body attack. His last fight at MSG, he KO’d his opponent in the second round with a left hook to the ribs. His opponent was on the canvas for five minutes.”
Opponents Antwuan Hedgemod and Thomas Brown can attest to the destructive nature of Peter’s hands. However, they might not recall is as fondly as Seip.
Right now, Seip and Morgan plan to keep Quillin busy in 2008 after fighting eight times last year. The team also looks forward to what they feel will be step up fights from here on out, but aren’t ready to comment on future opponents since nothing is signed at the moment. Peter’s next fight is tentatively scheduled for April 16. Seip hopes to excite boxing fans with some premium cable telecasts featuring Quillin as well.
“The sky is the limit for this young middleweight. I feel that the middleweight division, as well as the super middleweight division, is where Peter will roam.” Seip projected. “Hopefully if everything goes as planned, Peter will be showcased on a major prime time cable network in the fall. Look for him to possibly be on ESPN or ShowBox in the near future.”
With the middleweight division lacking depth at this time, it would be nice to see young fighters like John Duddy and Peter Quillin fill the void.
Look forward we shall.
March 22, 2008