Jacobs wants the best, doesn’t mention Golovkin
(Photo credit: Edward Diller/DiBella Entertainment) By Tim Fletcher: WBA “regular” middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) picked up a career best win last night with a 1st round stoppage win over Peter Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KOs) in Brooklyn, New York. After the fight, Jacobs said he now wants to face the best in the 160lb division.
Jacobs mentioned Andy Lee, Billy Joe Saunders, Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as fighters that he sees as the best. But for some reason, Jacobs skipped over Gennady Golovkin’s name when mentioning the guys that he’s interested in fighting.
“If it’s the winner of Lee-Saunders, then it’s something I have to do. If I have to fight my mandatory (Chris Eubank Jr.), then that’s something I have to do,” Jacobs said to the media. “I feel like I’m on fire now. I’m willing to take on the best and I’m in my prime.”
You can’t blame Jacobs for not mentioning Golovkin’s name among the bunch, because he doesn’t bring the same kind of money that guys like Canelo and Cotto can bring to the table. Andy Lee is popular in the UK, so there would likely be PPV money from the UK that Jacobs could get if he were to face him. It’s a fight that Jacobs would also have a good chance to win, because Lee has looked shaky in some of his recent fights. Golovkin is more trouble than he’s worth to someone like Jacobs right now. That doesn’t mean that Golovkin won’t be someone who can bring in big money in the future, because he could become a big name like Cotto one of these days.
Jacobs did a great job of chopping down Quillin after stunning him with a right hand. Jacobs says he knew that he was going to get Quillin out of there because he could tell by looking in his eyes that he was badly hurt. The only thing that Jacobs was a little concerned with was pacing himself in case Quillin was able to make it out of the round.
“When I hurt him, I knew I was going to get him out of there. I really did. I was just cautious of punching myself out,” Jacobs said. “I knew the fact that he was hurt that it was just a matter of time. Whether it was the 2nd round or the 3rd round, but I knew I was going to get him out of there. My game plan was to win the first half of the fight on points, and then have him play catch-up because we know Peter Quillin is not technically sound. He lunges in with his punches. He actually goes for the knockout each and every time he fights. I knew if he had to play catch-up, he would be desperate, lunging in, and me being a sharp shooter that would have played right into my game plan,” Jacobs said.
Quillin looked really hurt and there was no mistaking the fact that he was in deep trouble after Jacobs hurt him with a hard right hand to the head at the one minute mark of the 1st round last night.