This Saturday will see “The Battle of Brooklyn”, a middleweight encounter between WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (30-1) and Peter Quillin (32-0-1) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Both fighters made weight today with Jacobs weighing in at 159.5lbs and Quillin 159lbs.
This will have been a relief for Quillin who was unable to make weight when he met Andy Lee in April this year. Regardless of the weight issue the pair were still able to put on an enthralling battle with Quillin scoring knockdowns in the first and third rounds before being sent to the canvas himself in the seventh. The bout ended in a draw and Quillin’s lack of stamina in the mid to late rounds played a role in the decision.
Jacobs has visited the canvas himself against both Sergio Mora and Dmitry Pirog so must be wary of Quillins power. The WBA champion has been criticised for not taking a “tough” fight since he lost a 5th round stoppage to Pirog in 2010. However, Quillin has faced similar critcisms and especially so when he vacated his title to avoid fighting Matt Korobov.
In fact, Quillin has faced a barrage of criticism throughout his career about the level of his opponents with many seeing Hassan N’Dam and Andy Lee as his only real tests in a division filled with talent.
Both fighters will receive a $1.5 million dollar purse with the winner set for another huge payday against the winner of Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Spike O’Sullivan.