By James Slater
Southpaw middleweight prospect Chad Trahan has enjoyed the experience of working in a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. camp in the recent past, and this past week, the unbeaten 33-year-old has been sparring hard with WBO middleweight champ Peter Quillin at the famous Wild Card gym in L.A.
“Kid Chocolate” Quillin (28-0, 20 KOs) is of course getting ready to defend his belt against Fernando Guerrero (25-1, 19 KOs) at the Barclay’s Centre in New York; while Trahan (6-0, 5 KOs) has his own fight coming up, and he used the valuable time at Freddie Roach’s gym to ready himself for a scheduled 8-rounder in Miami in March.
Here, “The Good Guy” has the following things to say to FightNews.com.
“The Wild Card is such a special place. I loved every day there,” Trahan said
“I sparred Peter Quillin three times a week. We did six rounds on Wednesday, but we usually did four rounds a day. Friday (Jan. 25th) was my last day, otherwise I would’ve done the full four weeks. Golden Boy wanted to move Peter to New York to continue training there. The fight he has coming up with Fernando Guerrero is in New York of course. The sparring we’ve done, it’s been very rough and tough. Peter is very strong and rugged. I’ve sparred bigger guys before, light-heavyweights, but Peter is one of the strongest guys I’ve ever worked with.
“I pick up as much as I can whenever I’m at Wild Card. I’ve not sparred anyone else in this camp, and the reason is, Peter sparred at the end of the day, so I couldn’t risk sparring someone else and picking up a cut or anything. I wasn’t even expecting to be at this camp; he [Quillin] just called me and said, ‘are you in shape?’ I’m always in shape, I have to be so as to be ready if any opportunity comes. A couple of guys weren’t in shape, and they [Team-Quillin] had to send them home.”
Trahan who will face Florida’s Marcus Upshaw, 15-8-2(7) in Miami in March in a scheduled eight-rounder, feels Quillin is one of the best middleweights in the world today. Chad also feels “Kid Chocolate” will stop Guerrero next month.
“I can’t comment on the other guys at middleweight, as I’ve not worked with them, but I think Quillin is one of the very best. He’s very dedicated, in the gym every day, and like I say, he’s strong and rugged. I think he stops Fernando Guerrero. I’ve caught up on Guerrero’s fights recently [on tape] and he was stopped by Grady Brewer. He’s a good fighter, but if Brewer can stop him, who isn’t as good or as strong as Quillin is, then Peter definitely stops him.
“I think in around eight-rounds.”