Rising super middleweight prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (23-0, 17 KO) is set to take on former super middleweight title challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KO), Friday April 29th, from the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The bout will be televised on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo series, and will serve as the main event.
Brinkley, from nearby Yerington, Nevada, is making his comeback from a crushing 9th round knockout loss to IBF super middleweight champion, Lucian Bute in October. Brinkley believes a win over Quillin will put him back in title contention.
“I want to be back to the world championship level. I want to fight for another world title. I’m here to fight Peter Quillin because I believe he is the type of fighter that if you beat him you are right back at the HBO/Showtime level.” Brinkley said at a recent press conference.
After spending part of 2008, and all of 2009 sidelined with injuries and promotional problems, Quillin has taken small steps in rounding back to form. Since signing with Golden Boy Promotions in October 2010, Quillin has easily dispatched of his 2 tune-up opponents, Martin Desjardins (lost 8 of 10 coming into the bout), and Dennis Sharpe (inactive nearly 4 years prior, lost 5 straight).
Brinkley represents a big step up in competition for Quillin, and he is wary of the challenge, and knows a win will put him in line for an eventual title shot.
“I know Jesse is going to be tough. I want to be 24-0 after this fight. If the knockout comes, then I will go home with a big knockout, but if not, I will settle for a big win.”
— Tim Harrison