Exclusive: Quillin talks CounterPunch movie role, Haymon portrayal and vacating WBO belt

Joe Hewlett 27/06/2017

‘Kid Chocolate’ Peter Quillin is one of the main stories focused upon in the sensational release of ‘CounterPunch’ premiered on Netflix recently.

His story is one that offers inspiration to those who have the desire to succeed to the highest level in boxing. From the streets of Grand Rapids, Michigan, America to reaching the pinnacle of the sport, achieving a world triumph.

Though, it also gave light to the darker side of boxing. Quillan was happy with the end product of the film but wasn’t encouraged by the image portrayed of promoting mogul Al Haymon.

“I don’t like the way how people gon’ have a view of Al Hayman that’s one thing I don’t like. People going to assume and take whatever they wanna take from it but at least I have somebody in my corner for the right reasons,” Quillin exclusively told World Boxing News as he referred to Hayman.

One hot-topic during the film was the decision of Quillin vacating his WBO crown. The likes of Bernard Hopkins, Oscar De la Hoya and Sugar Ray Leonard casted their opinions, objecting his preference to vacate instead of defending a title he had grafted so hard to win.

However, the 34-year-old was quick to signify his motives – highlighting the importance of family over money and success.

“When I vacated my belt it was for my family. I had just had a kid and the most important person in my life, my uncle, was dying from pancreatic cancer and was in his first stage of treatment. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do and for the fans not to understand that is hard.

“The people in my boxing circle, they value money more than what I can ever. Money is a piece of paper. I know because of all the hard work I’ve put in, I can say no sometimes in my life and since that time it feels as if I’ve had a hard time getting back to the place I was before years ago and I guess that’s part of the story people will just never understand but at the same time for me, it is one of the most encouraging parts of my story.

“On an average day, a person makes 75 decisions. Should I get out bed to go to work? Should I tell my kids that they can go to the park? Should I drink water?

“All these decisions come down to things that are simple, but as a boxer it comes down to your family wellbeing, your health, it’s more than the average decision so I’m always on the blink, it’s a spare of the moment decision to get the best out of my career possible so what can I say?

“But I’m in a good place of mind where I’m able to have a destination and know that I can get there,” he added.

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Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95