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September 12, 2017

By G. Leon

Kid Chocolate targets December return

GL: Congrats on your recent victory over Dashon Johnson. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? I really haven't seen the fight, but I know how I felt. I felt good. It was a good test, the guy was durable and he was coming with nothing to lose. Those kind of opponents are probably the most dangerous to fight while you're on the comeback trail like I am. Plus there was a lot of other different circumstances that could have gotten the best of me. 

GL: Johnson was a last minute replacement did that throw you off?

Peter Quillin: "How that came about was like, they were mentioning a lot of different opponents. But I knew the guy and I think we had sparred before at one point in Wild Card, but he's been busy taking fights at the drop of dime like that all the time and that's probably why his record is the way it is. I was praying on it and my prayers were answered, because when I looked up the dude I see that he's been in the ring with some credible dudes, so that made him a good opponent for me to come back with. I'm also looking to stay busy so I want to be back in the ring again very soon."

GL: Do you feel that you've shaken the rust off with these eight rounds? Do you want another fight like this one before stepping it back up to the top level or are you going straight to the top next?

PQ: "Yes I would like to have another one. I haven't fought in a long time and I shook off some rust, but I want a guy that I can actually prepare for and plan for. Coach Virgil told me a lot of the things we were working on ain't going to come out in one fight, so I'd like to get my feet wet with another one to help get me back to where I was before."

GL: Do you see yourself fighting at 160 again?

PQ: "No, I will be fighting at 168 from now on. I've been training for a year in the Bay Area and this is where I should be at."

GL: You said you'd be back in the ring soon. Are there any early indications as to how soon?

PQ: "Maybe December, we're looking for something in December hopefully."

GL: What did you think about the other super middleweights on the show?

PQ: "I think David looked good, he looked fast and he was fan friendly. I like the guy he was fighting as well, he was durable. It was classic barnburner fight. J'Leon came up short and it's unfortunate because it seems like he's always getting the short end of the stick and Caleb Plant was very impressive with his performance and boxing ability. He's looking to the point where he's actually calling out Benavidez. He wants to fight Benavidez."

GL: Are you glad you had a decent fight with Dashon Johnson instead of an early knockout? Does that kind of fight help get you back on the right track more so than an early night against a walkover?

PQ: "Of course. I know who I am and I want to be able to come back the right way. I'm very glad that I was in there with a guy who could take some punches. I did have him hurt and he did stumble me with a good punch, but I was welcoming all that stuff to happen because it's just what I need at this stage of my career."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

PQ: "I want to thank Boxingtalk for reaching out to me after my win. This is only the beginning, I will be back soon!"

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