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PETER QUILLIN: "THIS FIGHT IS NOT EVEN ABOUT HASSAN...THIS IS MY SHOWCASE"

By Ben Thompson | October 04, 2012
PETER QUILLIN:

"This fight is not even about Hassan. It's about Kid Chocolate. This is my showcase for my talent, and that's all it is. He does one thing right, which is using his legs and box and move and get out the way of punches. Man, I'm a mutt. If I gotta get hit in the grill, I'ma get hit in the grill. If I gotta, you know, take two to give one, then that's what I'm gonna do. There's many styles to my game, which is going to take this fight and take this win," stated undefeated middleweight contender Peter Quillin, who stopped by the FightHype Radio show to discuss his upcoming clash on October 20 when he faces fellow undefeated middleweight Hassan N'Dam N'Jika for his first world title. Check out what else he had to say!

On his training...

I did 9 rounds of sparring today with 2 different guys, and, you know, I feel great, man. My sparring partners have been bringing the best out of me. I feel like I'm about to win a world title right there in Brooklyn.

On his opponent, N'Jika...

I see the same fighter every time I see him. I see the same fighter. I don't see nothing different. I just see he does the same thing, and he does it very, very well. I'm not worried about what you do well because, let me tell you something, when that all fails and that don't work anymore, what is he going to result to? He's going to result to what? You know what I'm saying? So at the end of the day, I'm not even worried about what he's going to do. He has to be worried about what I'ma do to him, because there's many ways to my game.

I gotta remember that Hassan is a champion; I have to give him that respect, so I give him that much respect that I know that he's going to be fighting for things and I'm going to go into the fight fighting for my own reasons, so let's hope his reasons is good enough for this fight, because, you know, he's coming to my backyard where I'm going to have the loads of energy, positive energy, coming into the ring with me, so, you know, I'm only going to try to look spectacular for my fans, for myself, for my family, who's been part of my camp for this one. We're gonna turn it up on them. Animal status.

On Freddie Roach...

Well, you know, I'm one of Freddie's fighters and as you know, Freddie gots a lot of fighters, so a lot of times what happens is some of his fighters have co-trainer, like I have Eric Brown, who Freddie hooks me up with, and I work with Eric on the day to day, in the gutter, in the trenches, you know what I'm sayin', with the rain jacket on trying to get the work in, but for the most part, I'm very humble with being able to have two trainers who can see eye to eye with me.

I learned a lot of things from both of these trainers. When I get in there, I'm learning about myself, I'm learning about what I can do, and I'm just learning all the way around, so as long as it's learning from wherever it comes from, I'm only going to feel like a more dominant fighter. So with that being said, you know, Freddie is cool, Eric is cool, and I'm cool and I'm just looking to go to the top.

On fighting for his world title...

This is only a first step up the ladder to be moving towards superstardom. I don't give myself enough credit to even ask that, because I just know that when I go into the gym, I have to turn it on and I have to keep a circle of people around me who's helping me in pushing me up. So with all that being said, I can't even take all that credit. I have to say that on animal status. I don't even think. I do whatever naturally comes, so with this fight, I'm not trying to overanalyze and say, "Oh, I'm fighting for a world title. What do I do?" No, I just do what I usually been doing and keep expressing myself through my fights, and that's what you're going to see October 20th. You're not going to see nothing different besides me being the more dominant fighter that I am.

More on his opponent, N'Jika...

What I have to do is just worry about myself. If I was to worry about what Hassan is going to do, then I'd be too caught up in what he's trying to do in his career. I don't know what that is, but come October 20th, we're going to really see what he's about because I'm trying to be a unified world champion. This is my first step towards that and all I have to do is be myself.

This fight is not even about Hassan. It's about Kid Chocolate. This is my showcase for my talent, and that's all it is. He does one thing right, which is using his legs and box and move and get out the way of punches. Man, I'm a mutt. If I gotta get hit in the grill, I'ma get hit in the grill. If I gotta, you know, take two to give one, then that's what I'm gonna do. There's many styles to my game, which is going to take this fight and take this win.

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