Freedom Anniversary Added Motivation For Peter 'Kid
Chocolate' Quillin vs. Winky Wright
When unbeaten middleweight contender Peter "Kid Chocolate"
Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) steps into the ring on June 2 to
fight four-time World Light Middleweight Champion Ronald "Winky"
Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs), America's top middleweight will
have the added motivation of winning for his father, Pedro.
Quillin-Wright is the 10-round Showtime co-feature at Home
Depot Center in Carson, California.
Thirty-two years to the day (June 2), Pedro left his native
Cuba en route to Miami on boats with his fellow countrymen
in search of freedom. "It was like a scene from 'Scarface'
and my father was on the last boat," Peter explained. "He
ran off the boat so fast he left his shirt and shoes on the
boat. They gave him flip-flops and he thought that they were
high-end sandals because he was America."
Quillin explained that his father had served 13 years in
prison for illegally selling beef. Pedro was a butcher and
there was a strict food allotment in Cuba. He slaughtered
cows and illegally sold meat in his neighborhood.
Pedro stayed a few days in Miami before relocating in
Wisconsin, finally settling with family members in Chicago,
where he worked as a butcher. Peter was born there in 1983.
"Many people gain success by overcoming adversity," Quillin
said. "I was never given anything but I've stood on my own
and now I'm close to fighting for the World Middleweight
Championship. Beating 'Winky' Wright will get me closer to
accomplishing my dream. My father and brother, Chedrick,
have been with me in Las Angeles during this training camp.
They've motivated me. There's nothing more I'd like than to
give them a big win against 'Winky' to celebrate the 32nd
anniversary of my father's freedom."
Quillin has moved up to No. 5 in the International Boxing
Federation ("IBF") World rankings, as well as No, 8 in the
latest World Boxing Organization ("WBO") ratings.