Exclusive: Peter Quillin in good shape, aims to make splash at 168

Joe Hewlett 30/06/2017

Peter Qullin is on the trail to making a comeback with his next move set to be announced in the upcoming month.

‘Kid Chocolate’ hasn’t fought since Daniel Jacobs defeated him in convincing style to retain the WBA middleweight title.

The 34-year-old admitted that in recent years, it has been his toughest stage of his career.

“It’s so crazy when I get to look at the past four years, I would probably say it’s been the hardest years in boxing because of all the decisions that I had to make,” Quillin exclusively told World Boxing News.

“You have to remember I was steamrolling guys before vacating my belt and it wasn’t like I didn’t want to fight Matt Korobov, it just wasn’t at the right time for me and I wasn’t ready for it as I had a kid and an uncle fighting pancreatic cancer.”

Qullin has new members in his team including a trainer and is targeting to fight in July with a move up to super-middleweight his most likely destination.

“We are looking for something in July as I have a new team with me now with Virgil Hunter in my corner, I got a new training and conditioner to work with and we are working to be better and continue to do the impossible.

“I’m just looking forward to getting in the ring. I think we are going to try and make a splash at 168 and figure things out. Most importantly, we feel ready, we feel fit and ready to go – I’m in good shape.

Since vacating his WBO title, the American has been inactive in recent years but was quick to dismiss the lack of hunger to succeed and continue in the sport.

“It never left me, people think because I lost, I lost my mind or something but it happens in life. Everyday people lose their jobs, they don’t go to work and get fired, this sort of stuff happens all the time.

“When I chose to become a professional boxer, I chose these sort of things, especially at my sort of level you have a small window and everybody’s going to have a magnifying glass on my every move so the only thing I can worry about is what I can do.”

Qullin revealed the reasoning behind his link up with legendary trainer, Hunter, stating his belief in religion was a huge contribution.

“I was kinda fishing and something that I thought was a good idea. I’m a Christian, a believer in Christ and I learnt throughout everything the belief system can play a major part on how you can work with somebody.

“I come up with Virgil in a real serious situation. It almost felt like God put it together. I’m trying things out, trying to stay focused and to not get deterred to the side and all I can do is my best.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95