Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs won local bragging rights by stopping previously undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin at 1:25 in the first round on Saturday to retain his WBA middleweight title in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The fight began with both guys meeting in the center of the ring, ready to throw hard punches. Jacobs (31-1, 28KO) landed a hard right hand after blinding Quillin with a feint left hook which momentarily wobbled the challenger.
Jacobs never let Quillin (32-1-1, 23KO) off the hook and threw so many quick, hard shots that it was hard for Quillin to hold Jacobs to buy time. Another right hand rendered Quillin all but unconscious on his feet which made referee Harvey Doc wave the fight off.
Quillin’s biggest mistake was keeping his left hand low which gave Jacobs the opportunity to land his right hand. Going into the fight, lots of people believed Quillin had the advantage in terms of power, but Jacobs’ power cannot be underestimated as Quillin found out.
More than a few people are probably going to think the fight was prematurely stopped, and admittedly I thought this as well in the moment. However, upon further review from the replay it was clear Quillin was simply too far gone to survive much less mount a comeback. All that would have happened had Quillin been allowed to continue would have been an even more brutal, perhaps dangerous, knockout.
Quillin was gracious in defeat and didn’t complain about the stoppage. He said a rematch is possible, but he wants to spend time with his family before making any decisions.
Jacobs has become one of the more inspiring characters in boxing. Not only has he come back from a devastating knockout loss to Dmitry Pirog in 2010, but to come back from osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, and reestablish himself in boxing to become a world champion is a movie waiting to be made.
For now, he can enjoy the fruits of his victory.