Jacobs-Quillin: Danny Landed First

Styles make fights. Danny Jacobs vs. Peter Quillin at Barclays Center on December 5 shaped up as an entertaining fight.

Jacobs entered the ring with a 30-1 (27 KOs) record against pedestrian opposition. In 2010, he’d stepped up in class and was knocked out in the fifth round by Dmitry Pirog. The only other quality fighter on his resume was a faded Sergio Mora. That fight, which was unfolding as a good one, was cut short when Mora suffered a broken ankle in round two.

Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs) had fought better opposition than Jacobs. But he gave up a bogus middleweight belt last year rather than defend it against mandatory challenger Matt Korobov. Now he was challenging for Jacobs’ bogus crown.

Jacobs and Quillin are known for having questionable chins with Danny’s being the more questionable. Each man has been kept away from punchers. Jacobs is the better boxer. Quillin has more power, which made Peter a 7-to-5 betting favorite.

Danny was the sentimental favorite. He’s a likeable young man with an engaging personality, whose comeback from cancer is an inspirational story. It’s hard to root against him.

The widely-held view of the fight was that whichever man landed the first hard punch would have a decided edge.

Forty-six seconds into round one, Jacobs staggered Quiillin with a straight right to the temple. A barrage of punches followed, punctuated by a thudding right to the body, a sharp right to the top of the head, and a another right hand to the temple that sent Quillin reeling and wobbling around the ring. At that point, referee Harvey Dock stepped in and stopped the contest The bout lasted 85 seconds.

There were scattered complaints about a quick stoppage. But Quillin wasn’t among the complainers. And after watching a replay, Showtime analyst Paulie Malignaggi noted, “At first, I thought it was a quick stoppage. But looking at Quillin’s eyes, he was kind of very much out of it.”

When Dock ended matters, Quillin was struggling to simply maintain his balance and was in no condition to defend hinself. Jacobs landed 25 “power punches” during his assault, and more would have followed. As WBC heavyweight beltholder Deontay Wilder told the media at a pre-fight sitdown, “The head isn’t meant to be hit.”

“That’s why Harvey Dock is a great referee,” Lou DiBella (who promoted the fight) said afterward. “I had a great vantage point to look at Peter, and he didn’t know where he was. He was out on his feet.”

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The Jacobs-Quillin undercard offered a mix of former champions (Chris Algieri, Yuri Foreman), young prospects (Marcus Browne), Heather Hardy’s ritual beating of a mediocre opponent (Noemi Bosques), and a dreadfully boring semi-final bout between Jesus Cueller and Jonathan Oquendo. But one match-up had particular promise.

Will Rosinsky (19-2, 10 KOs) vs. Joe Smith (19-1, 16 KOs) shaped up as a pick-em club fight between two fighters who have some skills, hit reasonably hard, and are there to be hit. Rosinsky is the better boxer. Smith has more power and seemed to be the hungrier fighter.

Smith established himself as the aggressor in round one. By the middle stanzas, he’d figured out that Rosinsky couldn’t hurt him, and Rosinsky had figured out that Rosinsky couldn’t hurt him. That left Joe free to throw punches with abandon, while Will was working hard simply to survive.

Rosinsky fought with courage and heart. Hopelessly behind on points in the final round, he went all-out for the knockout when many fighters would have simply run out the clock. In the end, Smith won a unanimous decision.

It was too one-sided to be a very good fight. But it was a good one.

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Last night’s heavyweight title fight was boxing at its best.

Al Haymon is hanging out in the media center.

“We’re so happy to have you at our all-you-can-eat buffet, Mr. Arreola”

Guillermo Jones is boxing.

Thomas Hauser can be reached by email at thauser@rcn.com. His most recent book – A Hurting Sport: An Inside Look at Another Year in Boxing – was published last month by the University of Arkansas Press.

Photo From Edward Diller/DiBella Entertainment



-Kid Blast :

Ugh. This writer still loves Rosinsky and hates Hardy. Once you committee, I guess it's hard to change,

-Kid Blast :

"The widely-held view of the fight was that whichever man landed the first hard punch would have a decided edge." Exactly who held this view? Quillin was the favorite going in and fw predicted a blow out.

-Kid Blast :

"Guillermo Jones is boxing".. Explain, please. Yes, he is a juicer, but he also is a monster in the ring, His fight with Lebedev was maybe not a purist's delight, but it was savagery and carnage at its best Denis is scary looking, but Jones IS just plain scary.

-brownsugar :

"The widely-held view of the fight was that whichever man landed the first hard punch would have a decided edge." Exactly who held this view? Quillin was the favorite going in and fw predicted a blow out.
Absolutely agree, that was no lucky shot, Danny probed a little, took his time and unleashed a feint( well actually a throwaway left hook) that Quillin bit down on so hard, he both flinched and shut his eyes. Perfect delivery of a perfect plan. And although everybody hates Quillin for the perceived irreconcilable act of signing with Haymon and avoiding the Korobov fight due to Hayman's fued with JayZ, Quillin was viewed as a far tougher challenge for Golovkin if they ever met. Both Quillin and Jacobs have had some significant wins (as significant as anyone else in this era of mediocre middleweights) and have always been considered in the top 5 of today's middleweight talent, Jacobs deserves the resounding praise he's getting, even if one writer fails to acknowledge or even realize that Jacobs is far more than lucky. Jacobs can fight! And has real power to complement his speed. I think that two young prime fighters getting in the ring is a significantly positive look for boxing...I'm hungrey for more. Jacobs vs Lee, Saunders or Golovkin. Or any combination of the above.

-Yogo :

Difficult to imagine anyone tougher than Lebedev. Thanks for the reminder of the 'Savagery and carnage' of this bout. Pure 50's throwback don't give a **** brutality. All should check it out.