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Jacobs wants Andy Lee unification fight

Andy Lee Daniel Jacobs Peter Quillin(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: WBA “regular” middleweight title champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) made easy work of #5 WBA Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KOs) last Saturday night in turning back his threat in an easy 1st round TKO victory in another round of the “battle of Brooklyn” at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. We already had the “Battle of Brooklyn” fight take place two years ago with the Paulie Malignaggi vs. Zab Judah mismatch that took place in December 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, last night’s fight between Jacobs and Quillin turned out to be even more of a mismatch in the “battle of Brooklyn” part 2.

Quillin, 32, fought like a fighter in his 40s. The 28-year-old Jacobs proved to be the much younger fighter and clearly the more intelligent of the two in taking out Quillin with a storm of punches after hurting him with a right hand to the head. Quillin could have possibly saved himself if he had the sense enough to take a knee or clinch Jacobs to ride out the storm, but he foolishly chose to fire back with wild shots until the referee Harvey Dock stopped the mismatch at 1:25 of the round.

At the post fight press conference, Jacobs didn’t have much to say about wanting to fight IBF/IBO/WBA “super world” middleweight champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin, but he did say he was very interested in facing WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) if he can get past his next opponent Billy Joe Saunders (22-0, 12 KOs) in their fight two weeks from now on December 19th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Jacobs thinks that a fight between him and Lee would sell well if it took place in New York, and he obviously believes that he would win the fight. Jacobs says that he thinks a lot of Irish boxing fans from the New York would attend the fight.

“I think I’ll be back in the first quarter of next year,” Jacobs said. “That would be cool [fighting Andy Lee]. That would definitely be something I would be looking forward to. Andy Lee is a tremendous champion. I think it would be another sellout. I want to fight the best. If it’s the winner of Andy Lee-Saunders, then that’s something I’ll do,” Jacobs said. “If it’s Chris Eubank Jr [that I have to fight next], if it’s something to do with fighting my mandatory, then that’s something I’ll do. I know that the skill was there, but boxing is about proving yourself. Me coming into my man strength now, you saw the speed and power. No, I don’t think so [when asked if he’s the best fighter in the middleweight division]. I still have a lot to prove with the Miguel Cottos, the Canelos and everybody that kind of solidified their spot as a top champion. I just have a lot to prove.”

Jacobs is getting a little ahead of himself, isn’t he? Lee needs to get past Saunders on December 19th, and I have a feeling that he’s going to lose that fight. If Saunders wins that fight, then I see him going on a long, long milking run with the WBO title instead of taking on dangerous talents like Jacobs. I’d like to think that Saunders will face fighters like Jacobs and Golovkin, but I don’t see it happening. I think Saunders is going to take it easy by facing two bottom feeder contenders in voluntary defenses, and then face his mandatory in a year or so. No way do I see Saunders fighting anyone dangerous unless they’re his mandatory challenger.

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