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19 FEBRUARY 2018

 

Daniel Jacobs Stops Quillin, Claims Brooklyn Belt


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By Jason Pribila: All of the talk leading up to the middleweight turf war between WBA titlist Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KO) and Peter Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KO) was how will Jacobs react when he feels Quillin’s power? The right question was asked, but it was about the wrong man.

 

Despite having a better knock out ratio, even Jacobs mentioned that he was most concerned about Quillin’s power prior to the bout. Quillin was seen and heard in the pre-fight preview show predicting a first round knockout. Once again, this was the right verdict, but it was referring to the wrong defendant.

 

The opening bell rang and the fighters started to circle each other. Jacobs was using his legs well, moving in and out and establishing his jab.

 

Jacobs then threw a left hook off his jab, forcing Quillin to bring his gloves up to his face. Jacobs followed with a straight right that landed on Quillin’s temple. It was clear that his equilibrium was impacted.

 

Jacobs charged in, almost recklessly. He was firing lefts and rights, many of which were blocked. However, after the fighters were separated, Jacobs attacked again. This time he landed another big right hand that moved Quillin towards the ropes. Off balance and clearly dazed Quillin was doing his best to remain upright. After observing Quillin’s eyes, referee Harvey Dock waved the fight off at the 1:25 mark.

 

Daniel Jacobs, the boxer scored a sensational first round TKO.

 

Many in the crowd obviously questioned the stoppage. Especially since Quillin remained on his feet. However, viewing the fight on television in HD, this was absolutely the correct call.

 

After hearing how sweet and humble Quillin was moments after his low point as a professional, one could only be thankful that he did not absorb any more punishment.

 

A joyous Jacobs was equally humble during his post-fight interview.

 

When asked what the key was to this stunning victory, Jacobs responded, “Speed kills”. He continued, “When I came with an upper-shot. I knew that I hurt him, and I went for the kill.”

 

Jacobs then expressed his love for Quillin and his family. He thanked him for the opportunity and offered him an immediate rematch“.

 

After confirming that he was ok, Quillin offered no excuses and spoke as equally as high about Jacobs.

“When you are humble you will be able to accept anything with an open heart.”

 

Regarding Jacobs, “He’s a cancer survivor. He’s inspiring a lot of people. Who better could you lose to than a person who is fighting for a bigger reason than I could imagine?”

 

While there will be many who will complain about the stoppage, when the dust settles Jacobs-Quillin is a fight that needs to be celebrated.

 

Two fighters in their prime chose to face each other. They each chose to challenge themselves by taking a fight that had significance to the community who has consistently paid to support them.

 

When fighters take chances, there is always going to be risk vs reward. However, when there is no doubt that each man will become an even better person following the outcome it’s the rare occasion is sports when there are no losers.

 

I was luke-warm about this fight mainly because I feel that we already established the top two fighters in the middleweight division. After 1:25 I have become a fan of both gentlemen. I not only want to see them again in the ring, but I want to make sure that they are both a part of this great sport once their fighting days are over.

 

Undercard:

On September 12, while many were preparing to fall asleep during the Mayweather-Berto sparring session; Jonathan Oquendo and Jhonny Gonzalez squared off in what resulted in a memorable scrap. On that evening Oquendo rose from the canvas in the opening round to drop Gonzalez in round 2 en route to an upset majority decision victory.

 

Oquendo parlayed that victory into an opportunity to upset 126 lb. titlist Jesus Cuellar on Saturday night on the televised undercard of the Jacobs-Quillin main event.

 

Few could blame Oquendo of Puerto Rico for not charging forward at the opening bell. Boxing is not always a game of rocks-paper-scissors. Oquendo was well aware that he was facing an opponent who ended the career of Juan Manuel Lopez (KO-2), the same Lopez who stopped him in 3 rounds in 2008.

 

Cuellar, on the other hand entered the ring with supreme confidence after stopping Vic Darchinyan in his last fight in June. On this night, however, he found a more elusive fighter in front of him. Despite throwing his average amount of punches, it took Cuellar nearly five rounds to close the distance and begin landing power punches.

 

Although Cuellar was credited with a knockdown in the fourth round, replays showed it was the result of a trip. In round five, damage was both physical as well as on the scorecards. A clash of heads opened a cut over Oquendo’s left eye midway through the round. Cuellar targeted the blood with a pair of clean punches as the round came to an end.

 

Cuellar would hurt Oquendo again in round eight. Each punch he landed seemed to hurt Oquendo, who absorbed several head shots as he stood stationary against the ropes.

 

As the fighters approached the championship rounds they seemed to make an unspoken agreement. Oquendo seemed even less determined, and Cuellar began to circle rather than attack.

 

The ringside judges made official what the disappointed crowd witnessed. Cuellar was the victor by unanimous scores of: 116-111, 116-111, and 120-107.

 

Cuellar defended his paper belt, but he is now in position to face one of the top fighters in a loaded division before he moves up to 130 lbs.

 

Jason Pribila is a full voting member of the BWAA. He could be reached for questions or comments at pribs2000@gmail.com. He may also be followed on Twitter.com @PribsBoxing.

 




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