Greg Leon: Not the result you were looking for, basically an abortion of a fight against Caleb Truax. Can you give us some thoughts on the two rounds of action and how you feel about Team Truax's mindset to end the fight after two rounds? Peter Quillin: "It all happened so fast I don't really know what was going on. After the clash of heads I was asking myself where did he hit me, I felt it on the side of my head and when I got to look at his cut, it was a bad cut but it stopped bleeding. It made me think about Badou Jack and how he fought (against Marcus Bronwne) with a horrible cut. It was very early in the fight and I think he should have given it at least one more round, we didn't see any fight from them to give his fans a show, but the doctor's job is to keep the fighter safe and make the call for the fighter. I can't get mad at anybody for doing their job, but it was overall a new experience. It's a challenging experience for me on have on my resume, it's something new, but I'm going to view it as something good."
GL: When the fight got stopped you already had two rounds in the bag. Had it gone another two rounds you would have likely won a technical decision [if the cut required a stoppage]. Do you think that's why his corner decided to stop the fight?
PQ: "My trainer told me going into the third round to go out there and punish him, and get him out of there before they stopped the fight because he felt that's what they were looking to do. It was smart for my trainer to tell me that because it shows how he's aware of all the rules of the sport. This is the hurt business, so it's all about coming up with the right kind of plan for the fighter. His corner made the decision and he went with it, so be it."
GL: Do you think he would have continued if he was up two rounds at that point?
PQ: "No. I think he probably would have still wanted the fight to be stopped. It was an easy way out and an easy payday. Maybe they were thinking I'm going to get my pay and live to fight another day. Is that logic wrong? It's not for me to speak on, but so be it."
GL: Is it important for you to get right back in the ring? I mean you hardly broke a sweat?
PQ: "I'm back in the gym on Monday, I know that at my age I've got to be busy and be like Bernard Hopkins right now. I need to stay in the gym and stay ready because these challenges are going to be coming at me and it's going to be like a ripple effect."
GL: When do you want your next fight to take place?
PQ: "I"m going to wait for the call and talk to Al (Haymon) and figure it out. I want to explore what options I do have, I know I'm not going to sit around and wait for him. I know I'm not going to fight in his hometown again where the fans were being so deliberately disrespectful when they don't know much about me. We can take it to my hometown in Brooklyn, but me and Coach Sosa agree that I should stay busy and keep my weight down and that's what we're going to work on."
GL: Was it easy for you to make 168?
PQ: "It's down to a science now at this point. I got a good dietician Ashley Gomes and she's been working my body with the science. I haven't done the typical be a boxer and put a plastic suit on. It's not like that, it's making sure I'm not losing a lot of muscle mass and cutting the fat. It's down to a science Greg so it's not hard as long as I continue to conduct myself like a true professional."
GL: This was an IBF elimination bout but since no winner was declared and Truax is going to be out of commission for a while, do you want Caleb Plant next?
PQ: "Yes I do. It's all about what the powers that be think though. Of course I was fighting to win and be victorious to get that opportunity, and if Caleb Plant will still give me the shot I'll be ready."
GL: Is Plant next what you want most?
GL: Closing thoughts for the fans.
PQ: "I want to thank Boxingtalk for always reaching out and getting the first interview after the fight, I'm thankful for that. Y'all be on point, and all of the fans can follow me on KidChocolate.com and @KidChocolate on IG and Twitter."
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