Undefeated Peter Quillin put on an impressive performance in his last bout against Craig McEwan, but he'll be in for a much tougher test when he faces Ronald "Winky" Wright on June 2. At 40 years old, Wright has seen it all in the sport of boxing, with wins over world-class fighters like "Sugar" Shane Mosley and Felix Trinidad.
However, Quillin isn't impressed with Wright's accomplishments inside the ring, and he plans to hand the veteran boxer a serious beating.
"I actually want some fresh, young, hungry lions that's gonna push me during camp," Quillin said during an interview with Jon Reynoso. "I am training for an old guy, but I have to prepare for him like he is 21 years old...I don't know what Winky's motivation is when he trains...I don't know if he is gonna wanna hit with the amount of punishment that I plan to be putting on him. When I'm working hard in the gym, it's meant to execute a win and put leather on his [expletive]. … Iʼll give him his tune-up; Iʼll tune his [expletive] up alright."
With a professional boxing record of 26-0-0 (20 knockouts), Peter Quillin will be the favorite going into the fight, but he'll certainly have his hands full against Wright. Quillin has clearly demonstrated his punching power in the past, stopping his last five opponents before the seventh round. However, he has also showed some flaws.
For one, Quillin isn't the most technical fighter in the world, often over-committing on his punches. His defense isn't anything special either, and he might have a few problems dealing with Winky's jab.
As long as Winky Wright shows up in decent fighting shape, he should be able to hold his own against the younger Quillin. I expect the fight between the two to be a lot more competitive than some seem to think, and I wouldn't be surprised if the old soldier pulls off the upset.
Jon Reynoso, "Peter Quillin: "I don't know what winky's motivation is..."
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.