Peter Quillin: I'm motivated to turn in my best performance

NEW YORK CITY - Due to family considerations, undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion of the World, Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs), is training at home in New York City instead of Los Angeles for his April 19 world title defense, airing live on SHOWTIME, against No. 2 ranked Czech challenger Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs).

Quillin vs. Konecny is part of the Golden Boy Promotions event, sponsored by Corona and AT&T, and headlined by the world light heavyweight unification fight between IBF champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins and WBA title-holder Beibut Shumenov.  The live SHOWTIME telecast will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

Quillin has trained in L.A. for his last eight fights, including three world championship bouts, since he signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions in 2010.  The 30-year-old Quillin decided to stay at home in Brooklyn and train at the famed Gleason's Gym and Trinity Gym because his wife, Allison, is pregnant with their first child.

In the middle of training camp for his last fight, his 10-round stoppage of Gabriel Rosado last October, Allison suffered a miscarriage five months into her pregnancy.  Quillin was 3000 miles away in L.A., unable to comfort his wife, who was home in New York City.

"Marriage (June 15, 2013) has given me structure; I'm fighting for my family, so my kids are much better off than I was growing up," Quillin explained "Last fight, I was obligated to camp and she had to go through it all without me being there with her. I struggled with it and have worked on being more compassionate. I decided to train at home for this fight so I can be close to her.  We're living separately, though, because she understands the importance of this fight.  She's giving me space to focus on training."

Quillin's L.A.-based head trainer, Eric Brown, is working in New York City with "Kid Chocolate," as well as one of his other fighters, two-time world champion Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi, who also lives in Brooklyn. Everything has worked out well because Mallignagi is fighting on the same Apr. 19 card, challenging IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs).  Brown is splitting duties for both camps, working with Quillin and Malignaggi at the fighter's respective gym.

Fighting at home also has other advantages for Quillin, who eats organic meals provided daily by Juice Place, and received messages and other forms of physical therapy at Sports Rehab.

"I'm very comfortable training at home," Quillin added.  "I'm with my people from Juice Press, Sports Rehab and other local places.  And I'm there for my wife.  I'm motivated to turn in my best performance April 19th."

Tickets priced at $25, $50, $75, $200 and $300, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges are on sale now and are available online at , all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. The DC Armory Box Office will be open on fight night only from 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. ET.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bigg Rigg on 04-04-2014

[QUOTE=Hougigo;14393602]Who they like more over there? Jacobs or Quillin?[/QUOTE] Jacobs! N I'm not saying he's big **** over here like that either but he gets more love than Quillin. A lot of ppl have no idea who he is.

Comment by Hougigo on 04-04-2014

[QUOTE=Bigg Rigg;14393575]Nobody here in NYC gives a **** bout Quillin either[/QUOTE] Who they like more over there? Jacobs or Quillin?

Comment by racer59 on 04-04-2014

its obvious Haymon and Golden boy don't want to put him in with anyone that has a pulse, after the Rosado scare. If only Rosado would have KO'ed him. I have a feeling they will try to move up one…

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 04-04-2014

[QUOTE=MaskedMurderer;14392931]Who Cares. Literally no one cares about peter. Not America, not his cubans, no one cares for this mediocre fighter.[/QUOTE] Nobody here in NYC gives a **** bout Quillin either

Comment by SnakeVen0m on 04-04-2014

Doesn't matter when you're fighting that level of opposition.

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