Peter Quillan vs. Daniel Jacobs Aftermath
By Matthew J. Hunter: It took less than a round for the Battle of Brooklyn to be decided when Jacobs landed a thunderous straight right that had Quillin wobbled and backing up to the ropes. From that point to the end of the fight, Jacobs unloaded everything he had at a dazed and confused Quillin tried to tie Jacobs up.
After a couple right hands landed flush on Quillin, he almost went down and the referee, sensing Quillin was out on his feet, stopped the fight.
A majority believed Peter Quillin was going to win; the Showtime broadcast aired a poll displaying a 55% vote towards Quillin. This fight was thought to be a competitive fight; it was anything but that. Some may chalk it up to Quillin being caught early, however Jacobs is the one that set up the beautiful right to start it all with a lead left hook. Jacobs boxing ability led to Quillin being hurt. When Quillin was on shaky legs, it was Jacobs who had the boxing IQ to not let up and put a dangerous opponent like Peter Quillin away.
What’s next for Peter Quillin? He is still a top 10 middleweight. This fight did nothing to change that perception. Is he a top 5 middleweight? No. With an advisor such as Al Haymon, look for him to get a tune up fight next. Daniel Jacobs offered a rematch but I highly doubt Haymon will want to put one of his best clients in a dangerous fight after being finished in such a devastating manner. An opponent in the top 15 does not look likely, though if it is, a rematch with Andy Lee or a toss up of a now overrated Daniel Geale could be potential opponents.
What’s next for Daniel Jacobs? Welcome boxing fans, a new top 5 middleweight. The one thing lacking for Daniel Jacobs was a top tier name on his resume. With this win, he has gotten that name to put him over. And of course, with a win against a credible opponent in the manner in which he accomplished it, will only further lend credence to him being an elite middleweight. Daniel Jacobs has star potential. He’s from Brooklyn, which means he can sell well in major boxing venues such as Barclay’s Center and Madison Square Garden. He’s only 28 years old, so he could be only entering his prime. His lone loss is far away in memory where it’s not in the casual fans mind. Plus his story of overcoming cancer and becoming a “champion,” will endear him to fans.
Potential opponents for Daniel Jacobs could improve his standing in the boxing community. Lineal champion, Canelo Alverez, would be the biggest money fight. Jacobs would be the underdog going into that fight, but if Jacobs has enough power to keep Canelo honest and use his superior boxing technique, we could see a major upset. While Daniel Jacobs is WBA “regular” champion, Gennady Golovkin is the WBA “super” champion. A potential WBA unification fight would be massive for both careers.
While Golovkin is recognized as the best middleweight, he arguably only has one top 5 win against David Lemieux. A win over a surging, in his prime, American champion could elevate GGG’s status. If Daniel Jacobs, who would be a bigger underdog in this fight than the Canelo fight, pulls off the huge upset against GGG, he could make a claim as the best middleweight in the world. Jacobs would need a flawless game plan.
Daniel Jacobs has better boxing technique and footwork than a David Lemieux, and Jacobs seems to have genuine power in his right hand. He has the chance to win rounds, box on the outside, and hopefully have enough power to keep GGG off his rhythm. If Jacobs pursues a Canelo fight and wins, the ball would be in his court for any future fights. He will instantly become a household name and become the lineal champion at middleweight.
A win over a GGG would not create the overnight life altering monetary changes that a Canelo win could bring, but it would show tremendously more that Jacobs is the best middleweight to boxing fans and media.