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Peter Quillin ready for the big leagues

Super middleweight contender Peter Quillin poses. July 6,

Super middleweight contender Peter Quillin poses. July 6, 2011. Credit: Peter Quillin

It’s time now, isn’t it?

It’s time for Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin to get a shot at the big leagues.

The undefeated super middleweight was on the fast track to stardom a few years ago until his career took a bit of an unwanted detour. Quillin (24-0) was on the shelf for almost a year and a half, missing part of 2008 and all of 2009 with an assortment of injuries, including an emergency appendectomy.

Quillin has won four straight since returning to the ring in February 2010 and will get the opportunity to enhance his profile when he takes on Tarvis Simms (27-1-1) on the Amir Khan-Zab Judah undercard on July 23 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

It’s the type of opportunity that could show Quillin is back to normal. And with Golden Boy Promotions putting on his fights, Quillin could find himself in a championship bout in the near future.

Quillin’s bout will be on the non-televised portion of the card, but it’s not something he seemed to be concerned with.

“A fight is a fight and my time will come,” Quillin said. “I put in the same effort to put on an impressive winning performance…The pressure last camp was to see how I would beat [Jesse] Brinkley. This time it’s Tarvis Simms and I’m training to destroy him.”

Winning isn’t the only thing Quillin is aiming for. Developing more ring stamina is also a goal of the 28-year-old. “What I’m looking for against Simms is rounds,” Quillin said. “My last three fights were all four rounds or less. I had a first-round knockout in Quebec, followed by a fourth-round TKO, and then stopped a world title challenger in the third.”

Reaching his goal of a title fight won’t be that easy. Even if Quillin dispatches Simms with relative ease, many will question the caliber of his competition. Simms, 40, is arguably the best fighter Quillin has faced.

The criticism hasn’t bothered Quillin, who likens himself to boxers of yesterday.

Said Quillin: “Boxing isn’t a job for me because I love it. I want to stay busy and active and I’m happy Golden Boy got me right back in the ring. I train hard, five hours a day, six days a week and that doesn’t include all of the running I do. I’m like [the] old-time boxers who liked to fight all the time. I want to bring that back to boxing because fans appreciate and enjoy it.”

New York Sports