Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (28-0, 20 KOs) has dedicated his April 27th world title fight to victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombings and their families.
Quillin will make his first world title defense on Saturday night, Apr. 27, against challenger Fernando Guerrero (25-1, 19 KOs), live on Showtime Championship Boxing, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“I checked in with a friend from Boston, Bob Trieger, who is also my publicist,” Quillin explained his decision. “He told me how tough it was there. I felt the sadness and pain in his voice and wanted to do something to help. I decided to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and their families by dedicating my April 27th world title defense to them in hopes of helping them heal a little bit. I want to let everybody affected by this horrific act to know all Americans truly care about them and that they are in our daily thoughts and prayers.
“These innocent people were just watching a marathon. It just shows how scary life can be, that something horrible like this can happen anywhere, because there are crazy people out there with terror in their hearts.
“I believe people from all different diversities should help comfort people from Boston during these trying times. I know what’s important in life. We need to care about each other and maybe, by dedicating my fight in their honor, I’ll help some of these poor people in Boston get through the darkness and back into the light. It’s not just God Bless America, anymore; I also say, God Bless the World. The Boston Marathon bombing is relevant to tragic events happening all over the world. People need to come together to fight terrorism. That’s the real fight!”