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Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillin fight for Brooklyn bragging rights
By John J. Raspanti, DogHouse Boxing (Dec 4, 2015)

Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillin
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Brooklynite and WBA ‘regular’ (what is that?) titleholder Daniel Jacobs put his title on the line this Saturday night against fellow Bronx boxer and former champion Peter Quillin at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) has won his last 10 fights in a row by knockout. He’s also something of a miracle man, having beaten life-threatening osteosarcoma in 2011. Last year he captured the middleweight championship by knocking out Jarrod Fletcher in five rounds. Jacobs is anxious to get back in the ring. In his last fight in August, he stopped Sergio Mora in two frames. Both fighters scored knockdowns in the opening round.

“A lot of people are excited about the fight,” said Jacobs during a media workout a few days ago in New York. “I'm just excited it is finally here and I'm hoping to come out with a victory in impressive fashion.”

Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs) was last seen in the ring this past September dispatching over-matched Australian Michael Zerafa. The 32-year-old shocked many in 2014 when he vacated his WBO middleweight title instead of facing Matt Korobov. Andy Lee stepped in for Quillin, and promptly knocked out Korabov. Quillin and Lee fought to a draw seven months ago in a rip-roaring affair. Quillin is supremely confident that he can defeat Jacobs.

“The buzz around Brooklyn is I am the new champ,” Quillin said during his own media workout yesterday. “I came to New York with a small city mindset but big city dreams and now they are all coming true.”

Jacobs, 28, feels his quickness will produce the results he’s looking for.

“I believe my speed is my greatest advantage,” said Jacobs. "My skill, my ring generalship … I could go on and on. Ultimately it’s about going in there and proving it.”

Quillin, who trained in Florida, has worked on being flexible in his bout with Jacobs.

“We’ve got a plan A, plan B, plan C, plan D, plan E, plan F, Quillin said. “ We are going to go to beyond, but most importantly I am very happy. I am spiritually happy and thankful. You fall out of fear and fall into faith and you can never deny yourself, so that’s where I am right now.”

Jacobs was convincingly knocked out by Dmitry Pirog in 2010. Lesson learned.

"I think taking a loss before benefits me,” said Jacobs.”I know exactly how to prepare and to make sure I never have that feeling again."

Quillin wants a knockout.

“You can expect fireworks in the month of December,” Quillin said. “We're going to be throwing everything we can possibly throw.”

Jacobs expects Quillin to come after him.

“He’s gonna have to hit me to test my chin,” said Jacobs.” This sport is about hitting and not getting hit. Anybody can be knocked down, but you have to land shots. Every time I’ve gotten knocked down, I’ve gotten up.”

Quillin is the slight betting favorite. He’s also been in with the better fighters during his time in the ring. He showed some strong whiskers against Lee. Jacobs is a great guy, but looked vulnerable against Sergio Mora in his last fight.

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