It’s been more than 30 months since Peter Quillin has fought at middleweight but has only fought once since that time. Now fighting at super middleweight, Quillin feels more comfortable competing at that weight class.
In a recent conference call, Quillin spoke to Fightful ahead of his August 4 fight against 168-pound contender J’Leon Love. Quillin said he’s better off fighting at super middleweight because he doesn’t have to cut as much as he did back at middleweight, when he held the WBO middleweight title from 2012 to 2015. Quillin’s time at middleweight seemed to be coming at an end in 2015 when he missed weight before a title defense against Andy Lee.
“Of course, yes definitely. I was thinking I should have went up in weight a long time ago. Time tells everything and at this time, fighting at 168 is probably the best move for me. It’s time for me to do it and I think J’Leon is the perfect guy to measure up at this weight. He’s been at 168 for a while and if I want to mix up with [the super middleweight world champions], I have to be able to get to him,” Quillin said.
Quillin will be fighting Love in the co-main event bout of the August 4 PBC on FOX card at the Nassau Coliseum. Although it is Quillin's first fight in New York since his 2015 loss to Daniel Jacobs, Quillin, a New York native, is still excited to be fighting in front of his hometown fans.
“It’s a special privilege to be on FOX and to be fighting in front of my hometown fans here in New York. I’m just excited to be back and the intensity level for this fight is just right there. I just need to put my best foot forward,” Quillin said.
The PBC on FOX card will be headlined by a welterweight showdown between Andre Berto and Devon Alexander, a must-win bout for both boxers as they each stay alive in the title conversation.