By Ryan Maquiñana
Middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin reflected on his unanimous decision victory over former undisputed junior middleweight champion Ronald “Winky” Wright Saturday night in Carson, Calif.
“I kept my word with a lot of things that I said and I was going to do,” Quillin (27-0, 20 KOs) told BoxingScene.com. “We were victorious, but I took some rounds off, and my corner said I couldn’t do that. I have to give Winky credit. Being the former champion he was, he didn’t make things easy.”
Quillin then praised his corner for their overall gameplan and advice between rounds.
“The key was being a better boxer than him and using my defense to open up my offense,” Quillin added. “When he was pressing the action, I was on top of things with my defense, and I thank my corner of Eric Brown and Freddie [Roach] for keeping me focused.
“I kept trying to throw the left hook to the body. They wanted me to go downstairs and then upstairs, and vice versa to break him down. Eric and Freddie kept telling me to be on top on him and throw combinations. They didn’t want me on the ropes, but when I was, they said to do my roll and throw an uppercut. It worked a few times.”
In the fifth, Quillin sent Wright (51-6-1, 25 KOs) to the deck but was unable to stop the former 154-pound kingpin before the bell.
“I got him with a sneaky right hand, but he was a champion because he got back up,” Quillin said. “Fighting on Showtime, I had to work my hardest. He may have been 40, but I was preparing for a 21-year-old Winky Wright. I wanted to finish him but not be stupid, and to his credit, he wouldn’t quit.”
While “Kid Chocolate” won decisively, it was far from a shutout, something the fighter acknowledged before delving into his future plans.
“I’m not Superman,” Quillin said. “Superman had Kryptonite, and we all have weaknesses and things we need to work on. I need to watch the film and see what I did wrong, but I think I’m ready for a title shot. I’m ready for anyone. I want any of the champions.”
The unbeaten 160-pounder concluded the conversation by addressing both his fans and detractors.
“Haters are motivation,” Quillin said. “At the end of the day, I’m going to keep trying to get better. To my fans, I’m blessed for this opportunity. We went to Pluto this time, and we’re going to Mars next fight.”
Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly boxing column for CSNBayArea.com. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected]com, check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.