Salita-Warrior on 4/13, Quillin vs. Brinkley on 4/29, Oquendo enters Prizefighter with Haye's help
The event of the season is almost here as Dmitriy gets set to fight Ronnie Warrior on April 13 at Oceana Hall in Brooklyn (1029 Brighton Beach Avenue). Also on the card is a Former World Champion Luis Collazo who will face Franklin Gonzalez.
Article posted on 11.04.2011
Special guest and recording star Matisyahu will be there to cheer Dmitriy on to victory.
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Quillin-Brinkley on 4/29
NEW YORK (April 11, 2011) – A year ago, undefeated prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin packed his bags and headed West, moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in what can only be described as a culture shock experience.
Quillin, who was rated as high as No. 5 by the IBF before a series of unfortunate circumstances (broken hand, hairline fracture of eye socket and emergency appendectomy) shelved him for 18 months, is now handled by multiple Trainer of the Year, Freddie Roach, at his famed Wild Card Gym.
“I moved to LA for my boxing career and it’s made a huge difference,” the personable son of a Cuban father and African-American mother said. “Quality sparring is the big difference. Anytime you’re in Wild Card you could end-up sparring with world champions, former champions or up-and-comers. I’ve sparred with Gennady Golovkin (WBA middleweight champion), Julio Chavez Jr. (WBC middleweight title challenger), Mathew Macklin (European middleweight champion), Craig McEwan and others.
“You always pick up new things training here. Whether he’s there three hours, three days or three months, Freddie is the guy! Even when he’s away, Freddie is on top of everything, either from talking to his assistants or watching video tape. Freddie’s always watching you. I’ve already shown more knockout power since I’ve been training with him. I know my last two fights may have been against lesser quality guys, but I knocked them both out, setting things up with my jab and having more confidence in my punching power.”
The 27-year-old Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs), born in Chicago and raised in Grand Rapids (MI), also signed an exclusive promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. Now he’s on the verge of his most significant career fight April 29 in Reno, Nevada, headlining a show airing on Telefutura against former world title challenger Jessie Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs), in a 10-round bout for the vacant USBO super middleweight title.
“Golden Boy gets you out there,” Quillin explained his reason for signing with GBP. “Everybody in boxing knows who you are because you’re in Golden Boy’s stable. They told me that they’re high on me and will try and make me a star. Thank God, I made this change for my career. I was sitting around in New York, nothing happen for me back there.
“2009 was a bad year for me, first with hand surgery that kept me out of action for three or four months, and then I was hurt sparring with world cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones, who must have weighed about 245 pounds. I had sparred with him before for a few of his fights, it wasn’t unusual for me, and he gave me credit when he won his world title. I overcame that injury (hairline fracture eye) and then, two weeks before my fight, I was eating and my stomach felt funny. I was rushed to the hospital and had an emergency appendectomy. I came back (Feb. 6, 2010) against (Fernando) Zuniga and won (10 DEC) but was rusty.”
Two months later, “Kid Chocolate” hit the road and headed west and now, the fighter who is known for tossing candy kisses into the crowd after each of his fights is starting to make history of his own.
For more information about Pete “Kid Chocolate” Qullin go to www.KidChocolate.com or follow him on Twitter @/kidchocolate.
Fres Oquendo enters Prizefighter thanks to David Haye
World champ gets his sparring partner in May 7 line-up
David Haye’s sparring partner Fres Oquendo will fight in Prizefighter International Heavyweights on Saturday 7 May at London’s Alexandra Palace – after the Hayemaker recommended him to promoter Eddie Hearn.
The 18th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournaments sees overseas fighters compete for the first time and Oquendo will be in the mix to claim the trophy and end a run of heart-breaking defeats.
Hearn has a close relationship with Haye’s promoter Adam Booth and thanks to the World champion, 38 year-old Oquendo will fight live on Sky Sports to become the first international Prizefighter champion.
“Adam made the call saying that David thought Fres deserved a shot at Prizefighter,” said Hearn. “Fres has been in with some of the biggest names in boxing and how can I turn down a request from our own Heavyweight champion!”
The Puerto Rican fighter enters the tournament on the wrong side of a split decision against Oliver McCall for the IBF Inter-Continental title in December, the 39th fight of his career but just his seventh defeat, with 32 wins, 21 coming by knockout.
After winning his first 22 fights, he lost his NABF belt to David Tua in 2002 before taking on Chris Byrd for the IBF title the following year, losing to a unanimous decision.
Oquendo challenged John Ruiz for the WBA World title in 2004 – the first time that two Hispanic fighters had ever fought for the Heavyweight belt – but Ruiz defended his title with an 11th round stoppage. After taking two years out of the ring, “Fast Fres” returned to win the WBO Latino title then took on Evander Holyfield for the USBA title in 2006 but lost a controversial decision against the Real Deal.
After adding the WBC Latino title to his WBO belt he claimed the NABA and USBA belts before taking on Jean Marc Mormeck in Paris in May 2010, losing to a unanimous decision.
Oquendo joins UK Prizefighter Heavyweight champion Michael Sprott, New Jersey’s Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson who boasts 24 victories and just one defeat, a points loss to Vitali Klitschko in a WBC title challenge in December 2009, unbeaten Irish-based Cuban Mike ‘The Rebel’ Perez, who holds ten knockout victories from 13 fights, all inside three rounds, and big-hitting German Konstantin Airich, who holds 13 knockouts from 16 wins and is remembered for a crazy fight with Danny Williams in May 2008.
Tickets for Prizefighter International Heavyweights at London’s Alexandra Palace on Saturday 7 May are available from Matchroom Sport priced £35 unreserved, £50 and £60 ringside and £120 VIP – to buy call Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900.
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