Battle for Brooklyn—Kid Chocolate All Business

By Ryan Agius on December 4, 2015
Battle for Brooklyn—Kid Chocolate All Business
“I don’t need to go on with the politics—I don’t do well in politics. I do well at fighting.”

“I’m not a type of fighter that’s gonna say this and that. It’s about options and timing and a lot of different factors that play a part in these fights…”

These days the middleweight slugger from Grand Rapids, Michigan makes his residence in South Beach, Miami—at least for the next day or two—that is. The former WBO champ needs to be back in Brooklyn in time for his much-anticipated fight against Brownsville-native and WBA titleholder Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday, December 5,, at the Barclays Center. So a snowbird sipping Mai Tai’s beachside Peter Quillin is not. caught up with the 32-0-1 (23 KOs) fighter just before he heads out in the tropical night air for a run. It may be Saturday night in South Beach but Quillin is all business. 

“I like to work because it deserves a party after I get the victory, not before,” says Quillin.

“I saw you down at the Erislandy Lara fight that just took place November 25th in Florida,” I say. “You looked like you were enjoying yourself there.”

“Yeah, it was a good thing to have Erislandy down here. To get the love shown for me.  I was thankful to have so much Cuban heritage and so much support from the Cubans, it was remarkable. And I never thought Cubans gave me acknowledgment like that. I’m thankful for it. Just another motivation for me to have.”

With the Quillin vs. Jacobs bout, the middleweight division, often a glamour division, along with the today’s welterweight and yesteryear’s heavyweight divisions, has had a reawakening with this fall’s fight between Golovkin vs. Lemieux in October and the Canelo-Cotto showdown earlier this month.

When I ask Mr. Quillin about his peers in the division, he offers this:

“Politics and business aside, I think this Danny Jacobs fight is a good fight, at this time, for me. The fight that is available to me now—that fight that I’m focused on. Nothing else even matters. I don’t know nothing about them other fights because I’ve been totally focused on this fight. This is the fight that can prepare me to get those fights that I’m looking for.

“I don’t need to go on with the politics—I don’t do well in politics. I just do well at fighting. However it’s gonna end up, the story is gonna be told, the way it’s gonna be told. I’m not a type of fighter that’s gonna say this and that. It’s about options and timing and a lot of different factors that play a part in these fights.”

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No doubt this is not Mr. Quillin’s first workout of the day and that the “Miracle Man” is practicing the same sort of self-denial so necessary in the manly art, where Thanksgiving turkey and grandma’s stuffing must be looked at, salivated over, and then said no to, just as a boxer caught with a blow that rocks him to his boots must overcome the temptation to give in, to surrender to the siren calls of pain and unconsciousness—the limitations of the body.

Before his fight with Andy Lee on April the 11th of this year, Peter Quillin had never been down in his career, and before the split draw decision against Lee, never had a blemish on his record. In the arena that baptized “Kid Chocolate” as the newest middleweight star, the formidable Irishman, Lee, possessing a right hook as wicked as anyone’s in the division, also made the Barclays Center the setting that saw some of the shine that hung to Quillin’s star fade. Not suffering an L to Lee, however, Quillin has a chance to regain his place among the baddest men at middleweight: Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.

This September, “Kid Chocolate” returned to the ring against Michael Zerafa, 17-2 (9 KOs), an Australian better known for his moves on the Chippendales’ circuit than those inside the squared circle.

Despite getting hit a bit by the Aussie, Quillin ended the tune-up fight for Jacobs with a devastating right hand in the fifth that had Zerafa take to the mat like a limp Jack-in-the-Box. Zerafa regained consciousness after a hospital stay. 

Very few in the game today have the kind of power Quillin comes equipped with—the type of power in both hands that Jacobs must be wary of.

When we talk about his most recent KO, Quillin says in an understated, even tired voice like it doesn’t need to be said: “I’m dangerous.” And then a few seconds later: “I’m very dangerous.” 

But the “Miracle Man” had something else to say. Danny Jacobs did the color commentating for PBC the night of Quillin’s return fight at Foxwoods and although Jacobs noted the punch to end things against Zerafa was vicious, a fighter of his quality, Jacobs said, would see such telegraphed punches —punches that come from “all the way back”—before they land.

“He definitely loaded it up,” Jacobs added on the telecast. “That’s one of his flaws.”

When I ask “Kid Chocolate” what the flaws of his opponent are, he says:

“I don’t watch Danny Jacobs enough to care about what he does. We’ll know when we get in that ring. Everybody thinks that what they see is what they gonna get, but it’s always a different scenario once you get in there and you get hit.

“I’m not really looking at him like, he does this, he does that—or he’s pointing out my flaws out, or I’m pointing out his. But I’m glad there’s someone on his side that’s taking the time to look at me, because I am someone they should be doing that with.”

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Daniel Jacobs vs. Peter Quillin: Battle for Brooklyn | December 5th on SHOWTIME

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  1. Koolz 05:54am, 12/05/2015

    Battling for the World Champion Belt of Brooklyn? 

    Sooner or later both these fighters are going to have to step up and face GGG.

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