SAN DIEGO, December 5, 2015 – Daniel Jacobs put on a surprising show of speed and force, stunning Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin with a TKO win at 1:35 of Round 1. It was a fight so short it was over before anyone could exhale.
Jacob (30-1, 28 KOs) retained his WBA middleweight championship belt with the victory. Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KOs) suffered his first defeat and his first loss by stoppage.
After the opening 45 seconds of the round with a few jabs thrown and the fighter circling, Jacobs came him and caught Quillin with a right hand. Jacob gave Quillin no time to think about it, and started to throw bombs. See “punches in bunches” in your boxing dictionary. As the Showtime commentators and audiences began to wonder whether Jacobs might punch himself out, he hit Quillin with a hard right perfectly placed on the temple. Quillin wobbled badly, looking like he was on the deck of a ship in rolling seas. While he didn’t go down, referee Harvey Dock took a good look at Quillin and called it a quick night.
Quillin did not make any attempt to clinch or hold when he got into this early trouble. He didn’t take a knee, which in retrospect might have at least let him survive the round. It’s always hard to say whether a tough fighter like Quillin could recover and come back to win eventually, but he would have taken a lot more punishment and the odds were against him. After the fight, Jacobs said he would have allowed Quillin to continue, “because he’s a gentleman.”
See the end of the fight here.
In the 85 seconds of the fight, Jacobs landed 27 of 53 punches thrown (51%); Quillin landed just two punches of 16, and they were both jabs (12%). Both men earned $1.5 million for their efforts.
With the brief bout over, Jacobs told Showtime’s Jim Gray he knew this night would be his night. “I want to say thank you to Peter Quillin for giving m the opportunity to bless this ring with him. He’s a fine gentleman, I respect him to the utmost. I hope he’s OK. All we can do it pray for him for the future.
“Speed kills, talent and skill. I was patient, I knew he was going to come in with bombs, I was able to slip some of his punches, and when I came in with the upper shot, I realized I hurt him and that’s when I went in for the kill.”
The outcome surprised a lot of people, but not Jacobs. “I don’t think in boxing there’s isn’t anything unexpected,” he said. “Everything is intentional. There’s no lucky shots, there’s setting up shots. Obviously I caught him with a shot, maybe on the temple. I don’t know what shot I caught him with, but I knew once I had him hurt, I wanted to go out there and corral him, and hopefully the referee would stop the fight … I seen his eyes and it seemed like his equilibrium was off. Like I said before, I was corralling him, and throwing big shots.
“Obviously he was hurt, this is one of those sports where anything can happen. I know he prepared 100 percent, and so did I. All I can do is pray for him for the future. But the best man won today,” said Jacobs.
Quillin was gracious after his first defeat. “I feel good, this is what happens in the game of boxing. You go up in there with the ability, go up in there with all the strength, go up in there thinking things are going to happen for you, but sometimes it come up short like that.”
Watching the replay, Quillin said of the punch which eventually determined the outcome of the bout, “It’s right on the temple. You know in the moment, you never know what it’s like until you get to see it on the replay, but that was a good shot.”
How will he handle the loss? “I think when you’re humble, you’ll be able to accept anything with an open heart. Danny’s fighting with a a great story, he’s a cancer survivor, he’s got a good story he’s inspiring a lot of people, Who better can you lose to than a person’s that fighting for a bigger reason than I could ever imagine,” said Quillin.
Both Jacobs and Quillin said they would give each other a rematch, although Quillin wasn’t too enthusiastic. It’s not a bad one to make, but Jacobs could have business with the winner of the December 19 match between Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders for Lee’s WBO middleweight title, or even someone like David Lemieux. Although there are promotional barriers, Jacobs is now a realistic challenger for the man at the top of the division, Gennady Golovkin. 2016 will be a good year for the middleweight division.
Featherweight Jesus Cuellar of Argentina (28-1-0, 21 KOs) made Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Quendo’s (26-5-0, 16 KOs). surprise win over Jhonny Gonzalez seem like the exception and not the rule . Cuellar dominated Quendo in an unanimous decision win. Judges John McKaie and Kevin Morgan scored it 116-111, Robin Taylor had it a 120-107 shutout. Cuellar threw by far more punches and had Oquendo backing up most of the fight, scoring a knockdown in the fourth round.
New York native Chris Algieri (21-2-0, 8 KOs) had a good showing against Erick Bone of Ecuador (16-3-0, 8 KOs), getting a knockdown in the eighth round on the way to a solid unanimous decision, with scores of 95-94, 97-92, and 97-92. The knockdown appeared benefit from a trip, but it wouldn’t have done more than made it a majority decision versus a unanimous one.
Algieri seems to have found the formula for success working with trainer John David Jackson. He threw and landed more punches than Bone, and relied more on power punches including terrific body work instead of his jab. After the fight he said “I did exactly what my corner told me not to do,” fighting inside against Bone. Bone got off to a strong start, winning the first two rounds, but as Algieri proved against Ruslan Provodnikov, he’s nothing if not tough. He came on strong and wore Bone out by the end of ten rounds.
Cruiserweights Marcus Browne of Staten Island (13-0, 10 KOs) had little trouble with Francisco Sierra of Mexico (27-10-1, 24 KOs), remaining undefeated with a fourth round TKO win. Sierra was cut early in the first round from a right to the browbone by Browne, not a good sign since Sierra was forced to retire from multiple cuts in his last fight two months ago. Sierra didn’t lay down and give up, but the referee and ring physician called a stop to the fight at the start of the fourth round. He couldn’t see the punches coming and the fight wasn’t competitive. Time for him to step up the quality of opposition.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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