The battle of Brooklyn is finally going down as WBA “regular” Middleweight World Champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27KOs) puts his title on the line against Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0, 23KOs) this Saturday, December 5 at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center. This fight has been in the making for quite some time and both fighters come into this bout with some momentum as the winner of this fight Saturday will receive bragging rights and more lucrative opportunities in the future while the loser will suffer a major setback.
Andre Rozier, trainer of Daniel Jacobs, explained in an interview with Boxingvoice’s Nestor Gibbs published on TBV’s Youtube Channel his initial thoughts on this fight and how he didn’t like the idea of the matchup.
“My feeling about this bout is first and foremost, I wasn’t happy about it to begin with because I have love for Kid Chocolate also.
“But when it was signed that means the ink was on the paper and it’s time to perform, so I had to prepare Danny who is like a son to me to be the very best Danny Jacobs you will ever see for this event,” said Rozier.
A lot of is at stake for both fighters in this bout as Daniel Jacobs since his devastating stoppage loss to Dimitry Pirog in July of 2010 has worked extremely hard to get into this position, winning a battle against cancer in the process, and will now enter the biggest fight of his career.
Despite an undefeated record, winning a world title, and some devastating knockout wins, Peter Quillin is still trying to get the respect and recognition from boxing fans. An impressive performance against Jacobs on Saturday night can certainly help.
What’s also at stake is that the winner of this fight will most likely get a unification bout with the winner of Andy Lee vs Billy Joel Sanders for Lee’s WBO Middleweight strap for some time in 2016.
Rozier also gave his thoughts on the middleweight landscape, who will emerge from this unofficial round robin tournament, and who are the best middleweights when it’s all set and done.
“Things are definitely changing,” said Rozier. “There will be a reckoning of who actually belongs where and once it’s all set and done, I think for sure you’ll know that the top 4 are Gennady Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs, Andy Lee, and I’m not concerned about the fourth guy at this point.”
As for who wins this fight, many experts and boxing fans are still scratching their heads. It’s a true 50/50 fight with both fighters having certain advantages. Jacobs with the amateur pedigree is considered to be the better boxer, the most fleet-footed of the two, and the more consistent offensive fighter.
Quillin however, is considered to be the bigger puncher, while also having been in the ring with the better opposition and perhaps the less chinny of the two, but Rozier disagrees.
“All I have to say is that Kid Chocolate was a bit chinny in the Andy Lee bout,” said Rozier. “He went down he got up and ended up with a draw. We went down; we got up and ended up with a stoppage. Needless to say, it’s even money, fighters go down and they get back up, that’s not what it’s all about. It’s who’s going to finish the bout and who’s going to be the winner and on December 5 that will be Danny Jacobs.”