Boxing Preview – Daniel Jacobs vs Peter Quillin

Boxing Preview – Daniel Jacobs vs Peter Quillin

Boxing Preview –  Daniel Jacobs vs Peter Quillin

Saturday night presents one of the most underrated fights of 2015. Whilst the card isn’t the best, the main event is a spectacle not to be missed. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, hosts a brilliant bout between two middleweights who will be competing for the WBA World middleweight strap. Not only is the belt on the line, but as is the honourable title of being crowned the King of Brooklyn. The ‘Miracle Man’ Daniel Jacobs seeks to defend his belt against the always dangerous, ‘Kid Chocolate’ Peter Quillin.

Whilst Daniel Jacobs is often heralded for his scary power, we think Peter Quillin’s power will prove too much for Jacobs this evening. We will be backing Peter Quillin to win by KO, TKO or DQ at odds of 2/1 with 888sport. Click here or the banner below to sign up for ‘Treble the Odds’ on your first bet!

Daniel Jacobs alias of the ‘Miracle Man’ is perhaps the most warranted alias in professional Boxing. Whilst crafting his fantastic record, he was diagnosed with a light-threatening and rare form of bone cancer in May 2011 and told he would never be able to walk again. Fast forward fifteen months, following a successful treatment and rehab, Jacobs found himself back in the ring, knocking out Josh Luteran in one round. That in itself warrants the man a lot of respect. His recovery led him to where he is now, the WBA World middleweight champion, following his decisive fifth round stoppage over Jarrod Fletcher back in August 2014. Jacobs has defended the belt twice since then, stopping Caleb Truax in the twelfth round in April 2015 and most recently stopping the technically sound Sergio Mora in two rounds in August 2015. His record stands at 30 wins, 27 stoppages and 1 loss.

Daniel Jacobs has obviously built his outstanding resume by possessing some freaky punch power. He combines this with an ample amount of speed but technically, he’s also very qualified and he definitely has the edge when it comes to Boxing with finesse. He definitely has the minerals to outbox Quillin tonight providing he wins the early battle for ring dominance. Jacobs has however shown some extremely worrying defensive issues in the past and more recently. He often leaves himself very open and as a big target. Sergio Mora knocked him down in the first round in their bout and his only loss was to Dmitry Pirog when he got caught with a well-timed overhand right. He can’t afford any defensive errors against a big puncher like Peter Quillin.

Several years ago when he was making a name for himself, Peter Quillin was often tipped as a prime candidate to be the ‘next Floyd Mayweather’. Those talks especially heated up in 2012 when Quillin earned his first World Championship against the incredibly taleneted Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, beating him by decision after knocking him down six times. Since then, a string of fights against rather overmatched opposition, underwhelming performances and weight issues, Quillin has taken a bit of a hit to his stock. That being said, the talent is still obvious. Quillin earned a unanimous decision over Lukas Konecny in April 2014. He was then due to defend his WBO World middleweight belt against Andy Lee in April 2015, however he lost the belt after failing to make weight and then only mustered a draw, although he probably deserve the nod for a win. He most recently stopped Michael Zerafa in five rounds in September 2015. His undefeated record stands at 32 wins, 23 stoppages and 1 draw.

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Whilst it may not be commonly spoke about, Quillin’s greatest quality, like his opposition tonight, may also be his incredible punching power. His opponents seemingly always find a way to hit the canvas or be stopped in all of his bouts. There’s rumours about that say Quillin possesses just as much punching power as Gennady Golovkin which is quite a lofty comparison. Whilst not so technically solid, Quillin is a brawler and he’s very good at brawling. He can control the tempo well and be a great ring general. Quillin has a tendency to get lazy in the ring and almost look bored which sees him lose rounds here and there. He can’t afford to get lazy against an active puncher like Daniel Jacobs.

As formerly mentioned, I think this bout has the potential to be one of the most underrated World Championship bouts of 2015. Both of these men have talent which they’ve yet to live up to and the winner of this will likely be a big player at 160lbs for the next five years. Daniel Jacobs has been supreme and dominant as of late and that really could be a problem for Quillin who has had weight and conditioning issues. With that being said, I am siding with Quillin in this bout for one key reason. Quillin brought in one of the most impactful strength and conditioning coaches in sports, Memo Heredia, who helped both Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge Arce to World Championships. Heredia has introduced Quillin to a more strenuous but beneficial camp and having seen Quillin at the weigh-in, he looks in the best condition he’s ever been in. This was a stark contrast to Daniel Jacobs who looked almost gaunt. Whilst I think Jacobs is a very good fighter, he hasn’t fought a very good opponent ever whereas Quillin has. Not only will Quillin’s chin withstand a powerful onslaught better, but I think Quillin can really control this fight better also. I see Jacobs starting off well, then just before the half-way point, Quillin begins imposing his brutal brawling offence on to the bout, eventually earning a stoppage victory via his dastardly right hand. Peter Quillin to win by stoppage.

Dan Glozier.

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