Quillin Becoming Full Package. Ready to Unify Middleweight Division

NEW YORK (May 9, 2013) – Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (29-0, 21 KOs) has officially arrived on the International boxing scene, after destroying challenger Fernando Guerrero (25-2, 19 KOs) en route to victory by seventh-round technical knockout in his first title defense, April 27 on Showtime Championship Boxing from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Now, the 29-year-old Quillin is one of the hottest boxers in the world, ready to unify the 160-pound division, assuming he can overcome some potential boxing politics in order to make a deal against one of the other major world middleweight title holders.
 
“I want to fight one of the other champions,” Quillin said.  “Sergio Martinez would be my first choice, but he’s injured and out for the rest of the year.  (Daniel) Geale is the IBF champion and that, right now, looks like the easiest unification fight to make.”   
 
Unifications are difficult to make a for wide variety of reasons and, unfortunately, Quillin against any of the other world champions faces the additional problems stemming from animosity between rivals Showtime and HBO, as well as Quillin’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, and Top Rank.  What Quillin has on his side, however, in addition to his rising popularity, is the fact that not only is he the only American-born world middleweight champion, but he’s also the only American ranked among the consensus top 10 in independent rating systems. 
 
“We’ll fight anybody in a unification or major fight,” added John Seip, who co-manages Quillin with Jim McDevitt.  “Peter was awesome in his last fight. He really hurts his opponents with both hands.  He connected on 50-percent of his power punches against Guerrero and that’s an astronomical number. Nobody in this division can handle him.  It’s a numbers game, now.  The promoters and networks have to put egos aside and give fans what they want with Peter in a major fight.
 
“No offense to (Brian) Vera or (Marco Antonio) Rubio, but we’re looking for much bigger fights.  Peter has earned the right to be a main event fighter.  He helped open-up Barclays Center and had a lot of fans there against Guerrero.  You don’t make big money winning the world title belt; you do retaining it, and now it’s time for Peter to reap the fruit of his labor. The biggest market in boxing is in America and a unification fight belongs here.  Martinez is out with injuries, (Julio Cesar, Jr.) Chavez won’t fight us, Golovkin has a fight at the end of June, but Geale interests us.”
 
The affable Quillin goes into animal status when he steps between the ropes and into the ring. He has developed into a monster counter-puncher with power in both hands, to go with a chameleon-like ability to adjust his style according to what’s most advantageous in each particular fight, often surprising opponents who based their game plan on Quillin’s previous fight, and he also possess an incredible chin that allows him to walk through punches.
 
In his last two fights, Quillin has recorded an amazing 10 knockdowns, four against Guerrero and six more last October when he ripped the WBO belt from previously unbeaten defending champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (27-0).
 
“And one other knockdown in my fight before that (N’Jikam),” Quillin noted, “against Winky (Wright), making it 11 knockdowns in my last three fights. “I never want to lose and just work hard to win every fight. I challenge myself in training camp for every fight and I have great trainers – Eric Brown (boxing), Brad Bose (strength and conditioning) and Robert Garcia (nutritionist).  I’m improving every fight.  I’ve gained valuable experience, become more confident since becoming world champion, and feel very comfortable in the ring.  In my last fight, I showed improvement in ring generalship, composure, and even my interviewing skills.  I’m becoming the full package.”

Quillin: A More Dangerous Fighter as a Title Holder Going into April 27th

NEW YORK (April 21, 2013) – Charismatic world champion prizefighter Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (28-0, 20 KOs) is holding his World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight title belt hostage, as he prepares to make his first defense this Saturday evening (April 27) against challenger Fernando Guerrero (25-1, 19 KOs) on Showtime Championship Boxing, airing live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
 
The 29-year-old Quillin, fighting back at home once again in New York City, captured the WBO championship this past October 20 at Barclays Center, dropping defending champion and previously unbeaten Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (27-0) six times en route to a overwhelming 12-round unanimous (115-107 three times) decision.
 
“I earned my belt and I don’t plan on giving it back until I retire,” Quillin said.  “I’m going to win a few more belts for my collection, if any of the other world champions want to fight me on in a unification fight.  My goal is to become the undisputed middleweight champion of the world but, first, I have to take care of business Saturday night against a hungry challenger.
 
“The big difference between me and Guerrero, though, is he wants to be famous and I just want to be the best middleweight in the world.  Boxing is a struggle, like my well documented life, coming from such a negative environment.  He’s a lot different than anybody I’ve fought, a different challenge I want to get past. I take nothing away from him but, he knows what it feels like to lose.  I’m 28-0, never been beaten, and I’ve challenged myself to stay unbeaten.”
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BOSTON STRONG
“Kid Chocolate” has dedicated his world title fight this Saturday night to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and their families.
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Guerrero has defeated current International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior middleweight champion Ishe Smith, as well as notables such as Juan Carlos Candelo, Saul Duran, Ossie Duran and Gabriel Rosado. Two years ago, though, the left-handed Dominican was stopped in the fourth round by then 40-year-old Grady Brewer.
 
“Guerrero is a tough kid with some skills who can box a little,” Quillin’s head trainer, Eric Brown, recently remarked.  “He’s like any other guy we fight – we take ’em serious and don’t play ’em.  We’re preparing to fight this guy at his peak, ready for him to bring his best.
 
“Anytime a guy goes from contender to champion, like Peter, his confidence is higher.  He feels good about himself.  People start calling him champ, recognizing him as a champ, and that boosts his enthusiasm.  But I think it’s more difficult defending than winning a world title.  Once you win it, you’ve got to prove it wasn’t a fluke.  Peter will prove that he’s even better than when he won the title.”
 
“Me and my partner, Jimmy McDevitt, are very excited about Peter’s first title defense,” Quillin’s co-manager John Seip added.  “He’s developed a different mindset going from contender to world champion.  Insecurities and confidence issues are erased as champion.  He’s a much more dangerous fighter as a title holder.  The world championship belt is something all fighters train for and dedicated their lives to.  He is much more aware of this and takes nothing for granted. 
 
“This is the second phase of Peter’s career.  The hard part has just started and there is no room for complacency.  Peter isn’t satisfied with winning the world title; he wants more.  We’ve been with him since day one and we’ve never seen a more confident, determined young man.  He sincerely believes he is fulfilling his destiny, which is very difficult to beat.  I hope Mr. Guerrero has prepared himself for a war.  This should be an exciting fight….don’t blink!”

Top International Championship Contenders Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan and Avtandil Khurtsidze Signed to DiBella Roster

New York, NY (11/29/12) – Yesterday, Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment (DBE), announced the signing of current world championship contenders, welterweight Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan (29-2, 16KO’s) and middleweight Avtandil Khurtsidze (27-2-2, 16KO’s) to his roster.     
 
The former NABA light welterweight champion Dan, a native of Romania, but now living and training in Montreal, Canada, has only two losses as a professional both coming in world title bouts to former WBC welterweight champion Selkuk Aydin. In those bouts, Dan traveled into Aydin’s backyard and put forth a great effort in two equally action-packed fights, only to come up on the wrong end of two very close decisions.  Aydin went on to lose his title to 2012 “Fighter of the Year” candidate Robert Guerrero, who just recently defended his championship with a brutal 12-round unanimous decision over Andre Berto.  Dan, who hasn’t fought since November 2011, will make his debut on the upcoming DBE Broadway Boxing card on December 19, which will be a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims, held at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC. 
 
After his bout in December, DiBella will look to position Dan in a significant fight sometime in early 2013.
 
“Dan is a real guy, a good welterweight, but he hasn’t fought in a while [since the second loss to Aydin last November] and he needs activity, which I will give him,” DiBella said.
 
“I am thrilled and proud to join DBE,” said Dan. “My goal has always been to be a world champion and to fight the best boxers out there, especially in the United States, the biggest stage for professional boxing. I am convinced that DBE will offer me the opportunity to reach my goals and I will not disappoint! This is a very exciting moment of my career and I look forward with confidence.”
 
The IBF #5 and WBC #11 rated middleweight Khurtsidze has reeled off four consecutive victories since dropping a close decision to former interim WBA/WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in N’Jikam’s backyard of France in October 2010.  In Khurtsidze’s most recent outing, he decisioned the extremely dangerous Ossie Duran to pick up the vacant WBC silver middleweight title.  
 
“Khurtsidze is a friggin’ good middleweight and competitive with the top of the division I think,” DiBella said. “I saw tape of the guy. He’s got a great record, he’s world-ranked and I think a fight between Khurtsidze and Macklin is a war. He beats Danny Jacobs. He won’t beat Sergio, but this guy will be in good fights and he can win a world championship in the right fight. I think Khurtsidze and [titleholder] Peter Quillin is a war.”
 
“I’m very happy to sign a promotional contract with DBE, Lou will give me exposure in the US. I’m happy that I’ll be training in the US with experienced trainers and also to have the best sparring. I hope US boxing fans will love my aggressive style.”
 
“I love these kind of signings. They are worth the effort,” DiBella said. “These guys are true professionals and legitimate contenders. I got two guys like that [on Wednesday.] Both of these guys can win titles in the right circumstance and both will be in great fights. I’m very pleased with both of them. Whenever you can bring two world-class fighters into the fold it’s a good thing. These guys want to fight in the United States.”
 
Headlining the Broadway Boxing card on the December 19 will be Queens-native Will “Power” Rosinsky (16-2, 9KO’s) taking on former USBA and WBO NABO light heavyweight champion Otis Griffin (24-10-2, 10KO’s) in a 10-round matchup. Also scheduled to appear on the card is red-hot DBE prospect Ivan Redkach (12-0, 11KO’s), as he squares off against Edward Valdez (11-8-2, 8KO’s) in an eight-round lightweight matchup. Junior welterweight contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (20-1, 3KO’s) takes on Jonnie Edwards (15-5-1, 8KO’s) in an eight-round contest as well.
 
Tickets are priced at $45, $65, $85 and $125.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 6:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1 (800) 745-3000 or by going on Ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the DBE office at (212) 947-2577. The card is sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group and Newlio.com, in association with Everlast.