Former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) will be facing WBA “regular” 160lb champion Daniel Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) on December 5th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, according to news from Dan Rafael. Quillin will need to win his tune-up fight against little known Michael Zerafa (17-1, 9 KOs) in their 10 round fight on September 12th on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
“The date for Daniel Jacobs vs. KID CHOCOLATE, assuming Quillin wins next month, is Dec 5. Barclays Center is on hold. TV net TBA. #boxing,” Rafael said on his Twitter.
Jacobs recently defeated 35-year-old former WBA junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora in his last fight. Surprisingly, Jacobs was knocked down and hurt by Mora in that fight. If a non-puncher like Mora was able to hurt Jacobs, you can only wonder what a puncher like Quillin could do to him. This fight has early knockout written all over it if Quillin can land something big early in the fight.
Jacobs has defended his title twice in beating Caleb Truax and Mora. Jacobs captured the WBA title with a win over Jarrod Fletcher in September of 2014.
Quillin fought to a 12 round draw against WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee last April. Quillin knocked Lee down twice in the fight. However, Lee came back later in the fight to drop Quillin. After the knockdown, Quillin fought defensively and looked like he didn’t want any part of exchanging with Lee.
The winner of the Quillin vs. Jacobs fight will be looking at defending the WBA title against the following contenders:
1. Chris Eubank Jr.
2. Dmitry Chudinov
3. Tureano Johnson
4. Arif Magomedov
5. Billy Joe Saunder
WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) would like to fight Quillin or Jacobs, but that’s not likely to happen. Jacobs leaves his match-making up to his adviser Al Haymon, as does Quillin. In the past, Quillin has said that Golovkin wasn’t a big enough fight for him to be interested in taking the fight. That could change if Golovkin beats David Lemieux on October 17th in their fight on HBO pay-per-view and if Golovkin defeats the winner of the November 21st fight between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and challenger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
If Golovkin beats those fighters, then without a doubt guys like Quillin and Jacobs will be very eager to fight the Kazakhstan fighter because the money they would get to fight him would be so good. The only way they wouldn’t want to fight him is if they were focused on keeping the WBA “regular” title or if Haymon had them going after Andy Lee for his WBO title.
Boxing fans still eager to buy Mayweather vs. Pacquiao rematch
It’s generally agreed that last May’s “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao was a total disappointment in the eyes of a lot of boxing fans. The fans didn’t like the way the fight lacked action, and they also didn’t like the injury excuse Pacquiao made after the fight when he revealed that he’d fought with an injured right shoulder.
The fans especially disliked the high cost of the fight on pay-per-view, with it costing $100. But even after all that, fans are still eager to see Mayweather and Pacquiao do it again and face each other one more time. In a poll of 2,000 fans at Bleacherrport.com, 60% of the people who responded to the poll answered in the affirmative that they would purchase the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight again on pay-per-view if the two superstars were to face each other a second time.
What that means is that a lot of boxing fans likely believe that Pacquiao’s shoulder injury excuse was a legitimate one, and that the outcome would have been different if he hadn’t sustained the injury. That has got to be the only reason why fans would be willing to see the fight again because if fans weren’t buying into the injury excuse, then they would have come to the conclusion that Mayweather was simply too good for Pacquiao and would always be too good for the Filipino fighter no matter how many times they fought each other.
Mayweather won a fairly easy 12 round unanimous decision on May 2nd in a fight that was televised on HBO and Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. After the fight, Pacquiao claimed that he had a shoulder injury that he had come into the fight with. Apparently, the injury has partially healed before the fight but not all the way. Pacquiao’s management was hoping he could take an anti-inflammatory medication before the fight, but the request was rejected by the Nevada Athletic Commission because they weren’t aware of the shoulder injury until the night of the fight.
Pacquiao said that he re-injured his shoulder around the 4th round, and the injury kept him from fighting at full strength. Pacquiao still felt he had done enough to win the fight, but the judges felt differently. Upon learning about Pacquiao’s injury, many boxing fans were upset about having spent their hard-earned money on buying the fight in pay-per-view and live for the fight. The ticket prices for the fight were astronomically high.
Mayweather wasn’t too pleased to hear Pacquiao making an excuse about a shoulder problem after the fight because he says he clearly won the fight and that Pacquiao was using both of his arms without any sign of being injured. Mayweather said that he had a hand injury during the fight, but he didn’t use the injury as an excuse for what he did or didn’t do in the fight.
Both fighters took a ton of negative criticism from the boxing fans because of the lack of energy from both guys.