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Jacobs Makes Surprisingly Quick Work of Quillin

Jacobs Demolishes Quillin With Thrilling 85-Second TKO

The long wait for a boxing match between Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillin led to a very short fight. Jacobs wobbled Quillin within the first minute, let loose with a torrent of punches, and won by technical knockout before the round was even halfway over.

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Quillin was essentially out on his feet. The fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn were up on theirs. It was an electrifying and decisive conclusion to what had otherwise been a friendly rivalry.

Jacobs and Quillin were both 160-pound fighters who called this section of New York City home. They were signed with the same adviser. They had fought on the same shows three times before. They knew each other well. But that friendship didn’t mean much once they faced off at their home arena.

Jacobs clearly didn’t hold back once he had Quillin hurt. He’d thrown a left hook and followed it with a right hand that crashed into the side of Quillin’s head, upsetting his equilibrium and sending him on shaky legs back to the ropes. Jacobs followed with hard hooks that looped around Quillin’s gloves as Quillin attempted to cover up — though never to hold on. Quillin desperately sent punches back to try to drive Jacobs away. Almost all of them missed. Jacobs, meanwhile, continued to land.

Another right hand to the temple had Quillin teetering across the ring. The referee moved in toward Jacobs to direct him to a neutral corner, believing Quillin was on his way down. Quillin somehow remained standing. The referee turned back to Quillin and saw not only that his legs were gone, but that his eyes seemed vacant as well.

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Jacobs said afterward that he’d proved his doubters wrong. And he was right. Those who didn’t believe in him beforehand thought that it would be Jacobs whose chin wouldn’t hold up. He’d suffered a fifth-round technical knockout loss to Dmitry Pirog back in 2010. He’d also visited the canvas against Sergio Mora, who isn’t seen as a heavy hitter, before getting up and winning in that bout this past August.

Quillin had been down before himself, getting dropped by Andy Lee in their draw in April. Lee, however, has respectable power. Jacobs had scored knockouts in all except three of his wins, but he’d not yet faced anyone on Quillin’s level before. Then again, Quillin hadn’t been hit before like Jacobs hit him on Saturday.

Jacobs continues his remarkable comeback from a rare cancer that was wrapped around his spine. First he had been worried about survival. Then he’d been concerned about whether he would walk again. Now he is soaring. This was his ninth straight win since returning in 2012. He’ll go for number 10 sometime in 2016, perhaps against the winner of the title fight between Lee and Billy Joe Saunders later this month.

Quillin suffered his first pro loss and will need to figure out where he went wrong, what he can do better, and whom he should face next. It was a potentially crushing defeat. He won’t need to look too far to look for inspiration on how to bounce back from this kind of loss. He need only see what Jacobs has done.


Cuellar Outworks Oquendo, Calls Out Leo Santa Cruz

Jesus Cuellar won a unanimous decision over Jonathan Oquendo in a fight he hopes will land him a shot at a name much bigger than the man he just beat. Cuellar wants to face Leo Santa Cruz, the star 126-pounder who is coming off a big victory over Abner Mares.

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Cuellar was as active against Oquendo as Santa Cruz tends to be in his fights, throwing nearly 1,000 punches over the course of 12 rounds. More than 400 of them were jabs, and very few of those landed. Still, they were part of his arsenal as he sent out combinations, moved and started over again. Cuellar had shown power in his past three fights. He’d sent a shopworn Juan Manuel Lopez off into retirement, and he’d taken out Vic Darchinyan, too. He couldn’t put Oquendo away.

Oquendo was sturdy. Although two of his previous defeats had come by knockout — against Lopez and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. — those fights had come at 122 pounds. He’d fared much better since moving up in weight, lasting the distance in a loss to Mares at 126 last year and then going up to 130 to win a decision over a faded Jhonny Gonzalez in September.
Oquendo didn’t do enough against Cuellar to make it two big wins in a row. Cuellar believes he did enough to earn a fight with Santa Cruz next.

 

Algieri Wins Unanimous Decision Over Tough Bone 

Chris Algieri was coming off a pair of losses to two welterweights you’ve definitely heard of — Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. Algieri’s win over Erick Bone could get him a fight with a third name 147-pounder, an opportunity he hopes will this time end in victory.

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Algieri won a unanimous decision. He had to work for it. Bone put forth a game effort, which is no surprise given what we saw of him when he lost a fifth-round technical knockout to Shawn Porter earlier this year. Algieri was just better than Bone, and he looks to be adding more facets to his game.

Algieri was best known as the boxer whose courage and grit allowed him to rise from a pair of first-round knockdowns against Ruslan Provodnikov in 2014 and whose footwork and skills allowed him to box, despite a badly swollen eye, to a split-decision win. He then moved on to face Pacquiao, who knocked Algieri down six times and picked up a lopsided win on the scorecards. Algieri returned this past May, giving Khan a more difficult challenge than many had anticipated but falling short in the end.

His new trainer, John David Jackson, is teaching the boxer how to battle on the inside. That’s what Algieri did against Bone, going into the trenches and exchanging blows to the body and head. There was blood coming from Bone’s nose by the third round. And there was swelling underneath Algieri’s left eye by the fifth. Algieri was credited with knocking Bone down in the eighth. Replays showed that the punch had landed to Bone’s arm and that Bone had actually tripped over Algieri’s leg.

The additional point taken from Bone for the knockdown didn’t make a difference; Algieri would’ve won anyway.

The welterweight division is deep enough that there are several opponents Algieri could take on next. He’s not yet proven himself ready for the best, but there might be anything from a potentially crowd-pleasing collision with Andre Berto to a crossroads bout with highly talented rising contender Errol Spence.

David Greisman
About the Author:

David Greisman.

David Greisman is an award-winning boxing writer based out of Washington, D.C., who has covered the sport since 2004. He is the senior staff writer and “Fighting Words” columnist for BoxingScene.com and a reporter for The Ring magazine. Greisman is the author of the book “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing.”
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