"Fernando who? Fernando who? That's who I'm fighting? Damn. I guess now I know that's who I'm fighting and it feels good. It's not about him. It's about what I'm looking to do in the sport of boxing. If he comes to fight, then we'll give boxing fans what they want to see...I want to be the unified champion. Guys out there like Sergio Martinez, Daniel Geale, Gennady Golovkin, I'm getting ready for those guys. I'm so hungry, I feel like I'm starving, like I've never won nothing," stated WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin, who talked about his upcoming February 9 title defense against Fernando Guerrero. Check it out!
DK: Champ, what's going on?
PQ: Ah man, chillin, feeling good. Ready for the fight, February 9th.
DK: We're a little less than a month away from the first defense of your middleweight title on Feb 9th. How is training going for you? You always seem to be in top shape no matter if you're in training camp or not.
PQ: Shit, I'm in even more shape. I already had a little time off and didn't get to do nothing. Now, I'm breaking some of my own goals taking it to a different level. I hired another strength and conditioning coach, but I didn't get rid of the old one. So now, I've got 2 strength coaches to help work together to get the best outta me. I'm working with Robert Garcia, not the Robert Garcia out of Oxnard, but the one that has worked with Oscar de La Hoya. I'm working so hard right now and I'm so tired from pushing myself. I barely got enough energy to take a shit right now because I'm working so hard.
DK: Fernando Guerrero is the assignment for you. What are your thoughts on Guerrero and what does he bring to the table that could cause some problems for you?
PQ: (Sarcastic) Fernando who? Fernando who? That's who I'm fighting? Damn. I guess now I know that's who I'm fighting and it feels good. It's not about him. It's about what I'm looking to do in the sport of boxing. If he comes to fight, then we'll give boxing fans what they want to see. But, in all honesty, he has shown me respect and I've respected him for stepping up and taking the challenge.
DK: You're a dynamic personality and you're always smiling. What are you doing to try and market yourself, not only as a fighter, but as a personality?
PQ: Man, I'm just trying to take my career in boxing to THE next level. I'm a walking business, so I have to align myself with people that have goals to prove themselves and helping me to get where I want to get to be at the top. I want to be the unified champion. Guys out there like Sergio Martinez, Daniel Geale, Gennady Golovkin, I'm getting ready for those guys. I'm so hungry, I feel like I'm starving, like I've never won nothing. Not to overlook Fernando Guerrero, because sometimes guys don't get past those guys when they look ahead. Right now, every day I wake up and throw a punch because I'm dreaming about my fight with Guerrero and he's on my mind 24/7. I know what he's coming to do. He's trying to take my belt. How he's gonna try and do it? We'll see February 9th.
DK: The middleweight division is loaded with talent. Sergio Martinez is known as the top guy, but his 2013 seems dead set on having a rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. after Sergio fights in April. One name out there is Gennady Golovkin, who just had a big win over Gabriel Rosado. What are your thoughts about fighting Golovkin?
PQ: You know, listen man, does the fight make a lot of sense? He's a serious fighter, a champion, but what is it worth to me? What am I gonna get out of that? I got a team of people gonna advise me that he's not really known in the U.S. What does that mean? They say this guy won't generate money. I don't know what that means. I didn't get into boxing to avoid guys. I'm not afraid of no man except God. He's just a regular guy, another human being. I only fear God; no other man. If I got people advising me that fight isn't worth a lot of money, you know what I do? I challenge myself each camp, and I don't let people fill my head with bullshit. My reality is where my feelings are. If I'm strong and ready, I'm strong and ready. Look at Sergio Martinez. When I called him out, I didn't think I would get the fight, but I just put my mindset where he is because that's where I want to be. That shows I'm shooting for the stars. Daniel Geale is the guy that nobody gave any credit, and he beat Sturm in his backyard. People don't give him credit. Do I knock him for that? No, I don't. Why the fuck would I aim for a regular champion like Golovkin when Geale is the WBA Super Champion. And he's also the IBF champion. Am I supposed to think like a fighter or a business. I should be shooting for the guy with 2 belts. It's crazy because Geale hasn't been on a national network. I've had the pleasure to fight on HBO and Showtime. So I would put Martinez first, then Geale, then Golovkin because he's just the regular champion. The reason why is if we give him the opportunity to build himself up and have a few more fights and get more exposure, I believe it would be a super fight between me and Golovkin. My name is already built. I'm willing to give interviews to anybody: ESPN, FightHype, Boxingscene. It doesn't matter. I've got my name built up.
DK: Champ, as always, I appreciate the time, and I know you're heading off to another training session. Is there anything else you'd like to add before i let you go?
PQ: What I just gave you, was it helpful to see things from my perspective?
DK: Hell yeah it was helpful. You're honest.
PQ: Well, I'm very glad to be able to give an interview and get my point of view to you and especially the readers. I wanna thank you all for giving me the opportunity. I wanna thank my whole team, my whole camp. I wanna thank Fernando Guerrero for stepping up and taking on the challenge. I'm very thankful and happy at the place I'm at. Make sure to follow me on Instagram and on Twitter @KidChocolate. Also, make sure to visit my website, www.thekidchocolate.com. Hit up the SwagStore and get some gear for yourself.
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