Mayweather thinks Jacobs-Quillin fight was halted prematurely
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks that referee Harvey Dock prematurely halted last Saturday night’s middleweight clash between WBA “regular’ middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Qullin (32-1-1, 23 KOs) by stopping the fight in the 1st round after Quillin was staggered badly by Jacobs.
Mayweather thinks the fight should have been allowed to continue despite the fact that Jacobs was pounding a near defenseless Quillin at will with punches.
Mayweather gives an example of how he was hurt in his fight against Shane Mosley as a reason why the referee Harvey Dock shouldn’t have stopped the fight. Mosley staggered Mayweather with a right hand to the head in the 2nd round in their fight in 2010. However, Mayweather had the presence of mind to immediately clinch Mosley so that he couldn’t land anything else.
Mosley was only able to land one more big right hand in that round after Mayweather had shut him down by holding him. The difference between Mayweather’s fight and Quillin’s situation against Jacobs is that Quillin wasn’t holding at all. Quillin was just getting nailed with shot after shot to the head.
Additionally, Quillin was badly staggered by Jacobs and was on the verge of getting seriously hurt when the referee Harvey Dock stepped in between Jacobs and Quillin in order to give Quillin time to get his feet working. Once Dock looked at how hurt Quillin was, he did the right thing in stopping the contest. There was too much time for Quillin to make it out of the round.
“They should have used a referee that’s refereed a lot of championship fights,” Mayweather said to Fighthype.com. “A guy works so hard to get to that point just to get hit with a couple of shots, get the rubber legs, the spaghetti legs; I mean, it’s not really bad to take a knee, but he didn’t go down, and then for a referee to hop in and stop it?”
If the referee had done what Mayweather wanted him to, I think Quillin would have wound up getting very hurt. The hand speed between the two fighters was too heavily in Jacobs’ favor in that fight, and he was landing straight shots to the head of Quillin in close. There was no way that Quillin was going to be able to weather the storm with the way that Jacobs was teeing off on him.
The only way that Quillin would have had a chance is if the referee had given a standing eight count in order to help him clear his head, but the WBA doesn’t have standing eight counts. This meant that the only thing that Quillin could have done was get smart and start holding or take a knee. He didn’t want to do that for some reason.
“I would’ve rather seen the guy down on the canvas, knocked down, get back up, and knock him down again, but we didn’t get a chance to see that,” Mayweather said. “But we can’t take anything away from Danny Jacobs.”