Weights: Jacobs 159.5, Quillin 159
By Jim Dower: WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) made weight on Friday in coming in at 159.5lbs for his title defense against former WBO 160lb title holder Peter Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Quillin made weight in coming in at 159lbs.
For Quillin, it was good to see him making weight for the fight because he failed to make weight earlier this year in his fight against WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee in April. Quillin missed the weight and then faded in the second half of the bout and wound up having to settle for a 12 round draw.
If Quillin can start fast tomorrow night, he could get Jacobs out of there in the early rounds. Jacobs was on the canvas in his last fight against the light hitter Sergio Mora. Jacobs was also stopped in the 5th round five years ago by Dmitry Pirog. Those fights showed that Jacobs has a definite chin problem.
Even Ishe Smith had Jacobs hurt in their fight in 2009. Jacobs hasn’t been fighting any punchers in the last five years since his loss to Pirog, so it’s going to be a real test for him to see how he handles the punching power and the hand speed of Quillin. With that said, it’s going to be a real test for Quillin because Andy Lee had Quillin on the canvas in the 7th round. Quillin looked timid after he was dropped by Lee.
Other weights on the card:
Jesus Cuellar 125.25 vs. Jonathan Oquendo 125.25
Chris Algieri 145.8 vs. Erick Bone 148.8
Marcus Browne 177.4 vs. Francisco Sierra 183