8CN Exclusive: Peter Quillin on his Oct. 26 fight with Gabriel Rosado

Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (29-0-0, 21 KOs) seeks to retain his WBO middleweight title against Philadephia challenger "King" Gabriel Rosado (21-6-0, 13 KOs) this Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on the Hopkins-Murat card. 

It was a year ago that Quillin wrested the title from Hassan N'dam N'Jkam by dropping the Cameroonian six times over 12 rounds. Peter defended his title for the first time in April with a seventh-round stoppage of Fernando Guerrero 
Quillin's ring name is a nod to his father's Cuban roots. The plucky teen from Grand Rapids, MI, headed to the Big Apple at the turn of the century to make his boxing bones. Peter competed in the prestigious New York Golden Gloves tournament twice before turning to the paid ranks in 2005. 
While "Kid Chocolate's" professional record remains unblemished, his path to the top was not a smooth one; there were injury "time outs," personnel changes in his team, and a cross-country leap that touched down in Los Angeles in 2010.
Life seems to have evened out for Peter since he teamed up with trainer Eric Brown and signed with Golden Boy Promotions and advisor Al Haymon. The world champion has established his camp at Wild Card West Boxing Club in Santa Monica, CA, also home to Canelo Alvarez.
Brown feels the biggest area of growth for his young champion is "…maturity in and out of the ring. He's settling down a lot more, he recently got married. He's determined to be the best. Peter's a pretty focused guy and he wants to make the most out of his boxing career."
Quillin also referred to "self-improvement" when asked what he has focused on this camp. "I worked on my mind. I worked on my insecurities about making everyone happy and letting people down. As long as I don't change what's in me, a good spirit, I gotta just say what's in my heart," Peter shared after a recent workout.
On the physical plane, Team Quillin picked up the pace quite literally in preparation for Gabriel Rosado. The champion increased his work to rest ratio and added a "stat man" to his team to track and document everything from to specific punches thrown per round, to abdominal repetitions, to diet and weight. A few weeks ago, Quillin was sparring four minute rounds with thirty second breaks for twelve rounds with fighters such as Terrrel Gausha, Julian Williams, and Wale Omotoso.
In terms of a fight plan for Rosado, trainer Eric Brown explained, "He's a decent boxer; he'll probably give us a little movement. We're working on ways to shut that down."
"Kid Chocolate" summarized his preparation; "We train to look like Superman for just forty-[seven] minutes."
Along with Quillin-Rosado, the showdown between Bernard Hopkins and Karo Murat also features Deontay Wilder vs. Nicolai Firtha in a 10-round heavyweight matchup, Braulio Santos vs. David Clark in a six round featherweight contest, middleweights Dominic Wade vs. Roberto Ventura, and lightweights Robert Easter vs. Noel Echevarria. Hopkins-Murat will be broadcast on Showtime at 9 PM ET/PT (delayed on west coast).

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