Former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin is adamant that he won’t be risking his health to make weight for another crack at the world title against Danny Jacobs later in the year.
‘Kid Chocolate’ faces Michael Zerafa on Saturday night in a catchweight bout at 163lbs after failing to make weight for his April collision with Andy Lee which ended in a split decision draw at the Barclays Center.
The Zerafa contest is seen as a warm-up for Jacobs, who has already agreed to the title defense, although Quillin says he could move up in weight instead of ploughing ahead with an intriguing domestic battle.
“I’m getting to that point where I feel like that (moving up) is going to be on my horizon and I’m getting older. I’ve been the same weight since I was 18 years old and now I’m 32. I won’t be to the point where I’m just trying to hang on to the weigh. I don’ think it will be happening. I think in my near future I will be up to 168 pounds,” said Quillin.
On making weight for the Jacobs fight, Quillin added: “Well it is about eating the right kind of food. I don’t eat unhealthy. But this is the first time in my career where I had to go through this type of stuff. As far as me working in the gym, I’m in the gym and for the Danny Jacobs fight, whatever the case may be, you know, I’m going to try my hardest and try to make that weight but I won’t kill myself.
“The weight is not coming off the same like it did as a young man that I was once before. We still got a lot of time because the fight that I’m really worried about right now is Michael.
“Michael is the guy right now because without getting past him, nothing is going to be possible. I have to at least show the guy some respect that’s coming all the way from Australia. I want to give him an actual shot and see if he’s able to do what he can do.”
Eyebrows were raised when Quillin hit the scales over the 160lb limit against Lee, but the undefeated fighter is sure that it wasn’t a massive problem to hit the mark.
“Physically, I came close to making the weight. It was just the extra couple of little pounds I had to take off. It didn’t come off like it has done in my past. So it was like more of an emotional kind of thing that I was going through trying to take off the weight. I never got into a sauna before, so I had to get in the sauna. I did whatever I could and if that’s not good enough then people have to accept it. So it is what it was,” he explained.