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01 SEPTEMBER 2014

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Quillin/Guerrero Conference Call Quotes


Peter Quillin and Fernando Guerrero took part in a national conference call on Wednesday ahead of their WBO middleweight title fight at the Barclays Center in New York, USA on April 27.

 

Below is what the Qullin and Guerrero had to say on Wednesday

 

Q

Peter, you fought a steadily improved caliber of opponents; Jesse Brinkley, Craig McEwan, Ronald White and of course Hassan in your last fight. Can you talk about how that progression has kind of improved you and improved you experience-wise as a fighter?

 

Quillin

Yes, you know just the thrill of victory, the thrill of me having the will to want to be able to be better. Roberto Duran said it best, "Once you stop trying to learn and be better, then you’re no longer good enough anymore," so I just think I take every task I do in boxing to try to make myself a better fighter. And not only that; outside of the ring, I’m trying to work on myself to be a better person; spiritually, physically, and mentally.

 

Q

You talk about how the Winky Wright fight, would you consider that kind of a transition that really helped you to prepare for the atmosphere that you faced against Hassan N’Dam when you’re fighting in your hometown?

 

Quillin

Well, we can all look at it like that, but I look at everything as a challenge in my life. Winky Wright was just only a starter where I was going to go in. I’m not up the ladder yet where I want to be. I want to be a unified champion. I want to be all these other things and whatever comes my way I just make sure that I bust the challenges down to become just a better fighter, a better champion. The Winky fight was only a practice towards where I wanted to be. I know before the fight a lot of the hear sayers would say that I wasn’t, you know, will make it look like an ugly fight; that Winky Wright will outclass me, and all these things were said about me. To put on the performance that I did against Winky I couldn’t do it without him at the same time; but most importantly, I just take everything for the experience to be where I’m at right now.

 

With this fight, fighting Guerrero, he’s a southpaw and I got super lots of experience with a lot of camps fighting southpaws. I just feel comfortable in the ring and like I said, everything you got to use to be a practice to wherever you want to be.

 

Q

Compared to you-and this is my last question for you, has he, you feel that Fernando has faced the kind of competition or the atmosphere that you’ve faced and had to be tested against? You think that’ll be an advantage for you, your experience in those types of situations?

 

Quillin

Well, all I can say Fernando having a large sense of amateur background and I can probably just imagine that everybody in his corner will always tell him he was going to be a champion all his life, so being able to go out there and have the amateur record that he had and be able to go out there and perform as a professional the way he did, fighting at home, main event in his home town of Salisbury and just having just the crowd behind him in the push, only can make a person better, if not, make him weaker.

 

As far as me, I was never told I was going to be anything like them. So every time I step out there, I just had to prove to myself-not to the people that told me I couldn’t do it, but to myself that I was able to do these great things that I’m doing in boxing right now. So with that being said, you know what I’m saying, like I don’t have any pressure, as far as knowing that I’m able to go out there and perform. Geez, I just fought Hassan, who some would consider the fighter of the year, whereas he was dropped six times. He got back up and he fought his heart out and then now I know with the experience that I’ve got 12 rounds of hard fighting underneath my belt, so I’m only as good as my last fight. I’m looking here to capture new moments. And I’m very happy to be able to do that on Showtime and do it at the Barclays and just have all the people that’s been supporting me support me for all the right reasons. Like I said, come April 27th, I’m only looking to create more great moments in boxing.

 

Q

Thank you very much, Peter. Now, for Fernando, like Peter said, he had to really step up in his last fight and like I was saying, he’s faced a lot of experienced guys in his career just recently. Do you feel like you are making a huge step up? Would it be accurate for me to tell you that going into the Barclays Center in such a big atmosphere? And what kind of a challenge is that for you, personally?

 

Guerrero

Well, basically every fight that I step in is a big step up and now this is gonna be my first fight of the year, and it’s gonna be the biggest step up for this year. Fighting in a large crowd doesn’t faze me because I’ve been doing it for the longest. Just like he said, I was always told that I was going to be a champion. I never expected anything less. People never expected anything less, but once when you get out in the real world, it’s not that easy. You’re not going to be a champion just because people tell you that you’re going to be a champion.

 

So now I’m here to prove it to the world and especially to myself. I heard it before. I want to make it true, and do it for everybody that believed in me and then just keep it going.

 

Q

How far are you away mentally from the loss to Grady Brewer? What did it take to come back from that and how well do you think you’ve done winning four straight fights like you have?

 

Guerrero

Well, the thing is it was one the hardest things in my life. When I was a kid I never even thought about death or anything like that, because you know how kids, they never think they can die, because they don’t understand where do you go and everything like that. So when you lose a fight like that, when you’re undefeated and everything like that, it’s hard, you know; and you go through those breakdowns. But the thing is it’s like that’s when they show your real colors, it’s easy. I was knocking everybody out, I’m the strongest.

 

Even in the amateurs, I always felt like I was the strongest. I never fought anybody that was stronger than me, but God always tested me. I think it’s because He wants to make sure that everything that He’s going to give me I really want it.

 

So how far am I from all that? I’m not far at all. I don’t want to be far from. Every fight, every position, every place that I’ve been it made me where I am now and who I am now. So the thing is, it’s just basically is written. I don’t really care about what’s going to happen or anything. It’s already written and if I’m meant to be a champion, I’m meant to be a champion.

 

All I’m doing is just I’m going with the flow. I’m going to go in there and just broadcast my talent and broadcast my speed. If he hits me hard, I’m going to hit him harder. If he’s fast, I’m going to be way faster. If he’s better, I’m going to be way better than that, so it’s just going with the flow. And if that wasn’t good enough, at least it will be good enough for me, because I know that I’m doing everything by the book and everything that I’m supposed to do; and all I’m supposed to do is just try my best. And with all of that, I will be the champ.

 

Q

I don’t know anybody who-very few people who didn’t see Peter’s last fight, so I imagine you saw that. You just said that if he hits you hard, you’re going to hit him harder; you’re going to be faster. I would wager if you asked him it took everything he had to win his last fight. If you find yourself in a fight like that with Peter, do you think you can wage that kind of a war where you have to get up and really answer blow for blow, second for second the whole fight through?

 

Guerrero

Well, a lot of times a lot of boxers don’t like-it’s funny that you ask that question. It would be an honor to fight that way. I would love to fight just like that because as a fighter, I mean I’ve been seeing it for so long, we want those historical moments. We want to make those historical moments. I’m a fighter. I’m Guerrero.

 

So the thing is is like I’ve never been bullied and I’ve never been in that aspect. A lot of times things happen and you just got to overcome them and I’m still here. I still know that I’m the best and I still feel like I’m the best and I feel like I’m a champion. So it’s not like I just woke up yesterday and that’s my job and said, hey, I’m going to start boxing. No, I’ve lost before in the amateurs and once when I lose, I just get way better and I beat the guy up the next time, so I’ve been through it all. And like I said, it’s already written. If it’s not for me, it’s not for me, but I’m here and I’m just going to take it and I’m going to go as far as I can with it.

 

Q

Okay, and my last question, you had mentioned that how low you were after the Grady Brewer fight. When you said you thought about-were you saying you actually thought about death, or were you just saying that you were low? I didn’t understand that reference.

 

Guerrero

No, no, no, no, low as in like of course you’re going to be low, especially with the type of-it’s like I’m the type of person that it’s all about the craft, because that’s all I had. I mean as an amateur I had 9,000, 10,000 people surrounding me all the time in Salisbury; and being a Dominican and being in Salisbury and being the type of person that I was, I was always named like I was the only one. From my home town, there’s only one person that came out of and did something; that was the girl from Terminator. So other than that, I was it, so it’s just when I meant that I was low, it just crushed me that I let a lot of people down. But then once when you grow up, you got to understand, too, that it’s my life in the ring, and they really didn’t care about that and they showed me that. A lot of people showed me that they don’t even care if I box or not. They only want me to just keep pushing and keep being that person that I am.

 

I’m never-a lot of people don’t understand I’ve never been in the streets. I’ve never been the type of person that had a bad life or anything. Yes, my life was difficult, but it doesn’t matter. I had a good household. I stayed in school, straight A’s and all that stuff, so for me it’s like boxing was just something that I was just good at; and then I emerged, but other than that, man, it’s not everything. It’s not everything.

 

My everything is the people. My everything is the youth. Every time when I go to the schools, when I went to the clinic, when I did my races for cancer and everything like that, that’s my everything; providing for them, providing for my people, providing for the people that provided for me when I came to America and made me feel good and made me feel like I’m at home.

 

Q

Peter, are you anxious to get back in the ring because of the delay of the original date back in February?

 

Quillin

Well, let’s just say this, this is my whole life. The only way I feel like I’m getting my therapy is being in that ring. So with that being said, I learned a lot of things about myself within the last camp in; it being cancelled the week before I was well prepared for and it tells a lot about me when I had to step out and learn how to deal with that situation, which long agonizing days and nights training hard. But most importantly, you got to think positive and I’m going to be even more super more prepared to be able to take this fight April 27th.

 

Q

And Fernando, as you all know, you are Dominican. The Dominican team won the World Baseball Classics. Congratulations. How much do you want this fight to add another championship for the Dominican Republic?

 

Guerrero

Hey, look, man. It brought a smile to my face that you even recognize that. I don’t really wear a steady hat, so whatever anything like that, because I don’t really get into all that, but I had to buy my hat, man. I’m like oh man, like I had to get it. Everybody has their day. Every country has been having their day. You see once with Pacquiao and then the Filipinos and then Mexico and then Puerto Rico. Then a lot of people in the back burner, they’re always laughing at us a little bit, like how many Dominicans have you ever seen with a Tito Trinidad title and all that other stuff, all the Cubans and everything like that?

 

But the thing is it’s like, I mean we’re small and we’re coming up. And little things like that even back in the day people didn’t understand when I tried to tell them the only person that I had to look up was Sammy Sosa. But they’re like, oh, he’s not from boxing. I was like, yeah, but that’s my idol. I want to be the Sammy Sosa of boxing.

 

But now we have a few other Dominicans that are winning their championships, it makes me feel good. It makes me feel proud of my country and I just want to be an addition to that and I want all those other people just to know that yes, we’re doing some things and we’re going to keep it going.

 

Q

Do you feel there is pressure to become a champion as a Dominican?

 

Guerrero

It’s no pressure at all. It just makes me feel good and all I want to do is just add to what we need too to our country. Boxing is pressure; so anything else is no pressure at all.

 

Q

Peter, how do you feel physically and what do you want the fans to know for April 27th?

 

Quillin

Well, let’s just say I feel very, very good. I just found myself in a place where in my life where it’s just like I’m just feeling physically, mentally strong. I just I’m very happy to be where I’m at right now. I don’t take anything for granted. I don’t take what Fernando was trying to do for his country away, because within ourselves, that’s very powerful. But at the same time, I have my own reasons why I should be doing what I’m doing. I’m doing this for just not being a Cuban-American, I’m a ... I’m saying like a lot of Cubans that’s back in Cuba, they sit on the beach and it’s like a sad thing to watch. People just want to get out of that country and fight for opportunity.

 

So now that I’m here and I know that it’s very important to be able to say yo man, it ain’t about the sand. It ain’t about nothing else besides myself. Like I hear Fernando talking about he’s doing it for the fans and he’s doing it for everybody. But to be able to do it for somebody else, you have to be able to do it for yourself first to be able to prove to other people that, you know what I’m saying, you’re doing it for yourself; and that’s what the fans are going to support, you doing it for yourself.

 

So, me doing this, it’s more than just like for Cuba and my father, who came over here with just a pair of pants and a shirt with no shoes on and come over here to make a-

 

Guerrero

I’m sorry to cut you off, Peter.

 

Quillin

I didn’t cut you off.

 

Guerrero

I could never do it for somebody else.

 

Quillin

I respect what you’re doing. I respect what you’re doing, but when I gave the opportunity to talk and you gave your long answers, I respect that, but now it’s my turn to talk. I’m the champion; respect the champ.

 

Right now I’m telling you that whatever you’re doing and for whatever reasons you’re doing it, you’re finding the wrong reasons and I’m going to exploit those reasons why you’re doing this for the wrong people. The only thing amounts to when he’s talking running from a cat is when you run into this whole thing and he’s mad that he ran from the cat. All right, when he comes out of the hole and he decides that he’s going to fight the cat and be able to put up a fight and he decided it’s a fight that he can’t win, he runs back to the hole.

 

Listen man, we both fought older guys. We both had those kind of things in our life to say what we at, why we are at now in life, and right now I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m the strongest champion out there. You will not beat me April 27th. The only thing you’re going to know how to do is run back in that hole like you did with Grady Brewer. You know how to lose. Me and you fighting from two different points of views; you fighting not to want to lose again. I’m fighting to keep my undefeated record and be the powerful champion that God sent me here to be.

 

Guerrero

Are you done?

 

Quillin

Yes, let’s keep it short and straight to the point because that’s what I’m going to do when I fight you. We’re going to keep it straight, straight to the point.

 

Guerrero

The only way we can keep it straight and short to the point is in the ring, my man, you know.

 

(Overlapping voices)

 

Quillin

I’m going to prove that April 27th. It is already said and done man.

 

Guerrero

You just started yesterday and God has blessed you and there’s no doubt, but I don’t respect nobody because I’m the champ. When you get into the ring, you’re not going to fight ....

 

Quillin

No, you’re fighting an animal, a hungry little animal, that’s what you’re fighting. The only thing you’re going to be in this fight is ...

 

Guerrero

Every animal has his day and you’re not an animal until you face me.

 

Quillin

I’m the champ. I’m the champ. I’m the champ.

 

Q

Fernando, I know you have a huge following in Salisbury, Maryland. I was just wondering what type of a response you’re expecting when you step into Barclays, you know, tapped into the Dominican community from New York City.

 

Guerrero

Well like I said, the following has always been great, but all I need is one or two people. Like I said, all I need is one or two people, and they always come through for me not just because I’m doing it for myself or anything. I fight for different reasons. Boxing, it’s not just about boxing. It’s about what boxing means to those people, what I have achieved, and that’s what I do. I just get in there for those people because those are the ones that made me and I’m going to put my life on the line.

 

I don’t care about the fight with this dude. I’ve lost ... amateur. That’s nothing new to me. Life is not, it’s like a lot of people try to make it seem like because I was in the Dominican Republic and I had no shoes and I had-Peter, you don’t know anything about having no shoes or nothing. You probably never even been to Cuba. Your dad told you.

 

Quillin

I said boxing is fighting through the struggles. It’s not fighting for two or three people. Boxing is fighting through the struggles. I have been to Cuba. I witnessed my family living in the same house that my father lived in over 32 years ago. I’ve been to the Dominican Republic. I’ve seen how people live in DR. I’ve been to China; I’ve been everywhere.

 

The thing that’s important to me is that I’m doing this for myself and nobody else, so once I step in there on April 27th the only thing Fernando Guerrero is going to be able to do is run back in that hole because I’m going to be a cat on his ass.

 

Guerrero

Yes, okay. Well, he already said what I was going to do, so I can’t say anything about that, but we’ll see it in the fight. I’ve never been the type of person that I don’t even know what he’s talking about rat and mouse or whatever and all that stuff and the cat. I just know that I know what made me. I know what I fight for and my purpose, my purpose and that’s what I’m going to go with, my purpose, my heart.

 

I don’t see this just myself. I see it from everybody. I see from all that energy everything, that’s what keeps me alive and that’s where I’m going to put and that’s what I’m going to show the whole world over there. If you fight for yourself, if you do it for yourself, y’all gonna be ... yourself, by yourself.

 

Quillin

I’m looking forward to that. I’m looking forward to that. I want to make a closing comment. I want to say make sure that y’all go tune in to this fight April 27th. I going to be only on animal status and I hope and I just pray that he’s ready when he comes, they should allow him every last allow him to wear headgear because I’m coming straight for you, homie. I’m done with this call. Have and nice and blessed day. Hit up www.kidchocolate.com.

 

April 4, 2013




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