Undefeated middleweight standout Peter Quillin makes his first ring appearance since signing with Golden Boy Promotions when he headlines a Solo Boxeo Tecate card on Feb. 11 at the Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif.
Quillin (22-0, 16 knockouts) missed all of 2009 due to injuries but he fought twice last year and is looking for a strong start to 2011 against Dennis Sharpe (17-5-3, 5 KOs), a rugged New Jersey-based journeyman who has gone the distance with Ronald Hearns, James McGirt Jr. and Andy Lee in his last three bouts. Quillin-Sharpe is scheduled for eight rounds in the super middleweight division.
Quillin, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., adopted the nickname “Kid Chocolate” in tribute to the great Eligio Sardinias as well as his Cuban father and heritage. The 27-year-old boxer-puncher turned pro in New York City where he developed into a local attraction. Quillin, who recently relocated to Southern California, signed with Golden Boy Promotions late last year.
In the Telefutura-televised co-feature, popular 19-year-old prospect Alan Sanchez (6-2-1, 2 KOs), of Fairfield, Calif., takes on undefeated power puncher John Grimaldo (6-0, 5 KOs), of Denver, Colorado, in an eight-round welterweight bout.
Exciting junior welterweight prospect Fidel Maldonado Jr. (7-0, 6 KOs), of Albuquerque, N.M., and smooth-boxing Manuel Avila (1-0), of Fairfield, Calif., are also on the Golden Boy and Don Chargin Productions co-promoted card.