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Peter Quillin-Sam Soliman IBF Eliminator in The Works

By Ryan Maquiñana

Rising middleweight Peter Quillin will face former two-time world title challenger Sam Soliman in the second half of a four-man tournament to determine the mandatory challenger for IBF champ Daniel Geale of Australia.

“I agreed to take the fight because it’s going to take me closer to a world title,” Quillin (25-0, 19 KOs) said.  “We’re still waiting for negotiations, so there’s no date yet and nothing’s set as far as the venue, but we’ll see.”

As part of the delegation of pros summoned by Freddie Roach to Colorado Springs,
“Kid Chocolate” spent the past month helping prepare Team USA for this week’s AIBA World Championships.

“I’m doing something to give back to boxing someway, somehow,” he said.  “It was a great to be an example for the young fighters.  I’ve just been keeping myself in shape and picking up some health tips from Team USA.  I’m very fortunate to have that experience.”

The New York resident now sets his sights on Australia’s Soliman (39-11, 17 KOs) and the winner’s bounty, a final IBF eliminator against the Oct. 7 winner of Russia’s Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (40-4-2, 26 KOs) and Osumanu “Ozzie” Adama of Ghana (19-2, 14 KOs).

“I’ve seen him in the Winky Wright fight,” Quillin said of Soliman.  “He throws a lot of punches, and he’s awkward so he can be dangerous.  But that’s in the past.  If you’re talking in the present at middleweight, you have to talk about ‘Kid Chocolate.’  I’m going back to Wild Card this Saturday to start training camp.”

“King” Soliman, known to American fans for his solid effort in a wide points loss to Winky Wright six years ago, vowed to turn the tables on the unbeaten Quillin.

“There were a few other middleweights who pulled out of fights against me in the IBF Box-Off including former champion Sebastian Sylvester,” Soliman told Ray Wheatley of Fightnews. “I am sure Quillin will be a tough fight, but I am confident I will be the winner and give him his first professional loss.”

Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.  He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Advisory Panel.  E-mail him at rmaquinana@gmail.com , check out his blog at www.maqdown.com or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by B.R!ghteous on 10-27-2011

He is fighting McEwan. It's a better fight at this point. DiBella is ful of sh!t. That bum Darren Barker looked great against Martinez. That's the reason he doesn't want to fight the Kid Chocolate. DiBella asked who has Quillin…

Comment by chiguy91 on 09-29-2011

i thought quillin was fighting mcewan? oh well, as long as quillin is taking steps to becoming world class, it's all good. [QUOTE=B.R!ghteous;11225382]There you go hating on the KID CHOCOLATE again! He turned down a shot at the IBF SUPER…

Comment by B.R!ghteous on 09-29-2011

[QUOTE=rey guey;11217154]Quillin turned down Bute for this?[/QUOTE] There you go hating on the KID CHOCOLATE again! He turned down a shot at the IBF SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT belt for the IBF MIDDLEWEIGHT belt and a better opportunity to fight Martinez and…

Comment by rey guey on 09-27-2011

Quillin turned down Bute for this?

Comment by ИATAS on 09-27-2011

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;11216125]Why the fuk are they having a 4 man tournament to decide who gets to face bloody Daniel Geale? :lol1:[/QUOTE] exactly my thoughts! they should just make chocolate vs geale now. or not at all lol

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