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By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent-Ringside

Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillin: What Went Wrong in the Battle for Brooklyn


Brooklyn, NY (November 6th, 2015)– USA Showtime and DiBella Entertainment presented a ten bout card of boxing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday evening, December 5, 2015, including one swing bout and one walkout bout. The much publicized and anticipated ‘Battle for Brooklyn’ did not occur, with Jacobs stopping Quillin in the first round, retaining his World Boxing Association World Middleweight title over the former WBO champion.


Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin saw his 32-0-1 record go up in smoke in only one minute and 25 seconds. The brief bout looked very similar to Adonis Stevenson versus Chad Dawson in the way it ended for Quillin. Like Dawson, Quillin’s eyes just were not there. Preceding the end, the usually fleet footed Quillin allowed himself brief complacency on the ropes, and wound up standing in front of Jacobs trying to defend himself as a stationary target. The speed and tempo of the bout from the get go was accelerated at a pace far beyond the norm for Quillin.


One round tempo bouts represent a great danger for both contestants.


First, they are a danger for the aggressor, who by virtue of solid shots connecting, knockdown or not, leads the aggressor to believe he can close the show. If the aggressor punches himself out in the first round, such as Alfredo Angulo did against James Kirkland, the aggressor will find himself in survival mode until the eventual ends comes.


Second, the defender is in a position of do or die survival. Perhaps the best world title fight example of this is Juan Kid Meza versus 40-0 Jaime Garza, who fought the 1984 round of the year. Meza, who had never been knocked out in a fight, found himself knocked down in the first round, and took his time getting up to clear his senses. Garza had 38 knockouts, and Meza sensed he might get careless. Swinging wide after Meza got up, Meza, with slight reach advantage and looking for Meza to make a mistake, knocked him out with a left hand counter. James Kirkland had great survival instincts weathering the storm against Angulo.


Alexis Arguello wound up on the canvas in the first round of his WBA World Lightweight title bout against Andrew Ganigan, having underestimating Ganigan’s power. Arguelo got up, and immediately made adjustments regarding his once and awhile low dropping right hand. Jacobs came in against Quillin as a well-trained power hitter. Power, as boxing experts will tell you, is the great equalizer. Randall Bailey landed two punches against Mike Jones, which were good enough for a tenth round knockdown and an eleventh round knockout in an IBF World Welterweight title bout.


Plainly, as Quillin was favored, boxing experts, as well as Peter Quillin himself, were not expecting an immediate show of power technique from Jacobs. Having obviously trained for a power punch bout, Jacobs went in with an unanticipated game plan from the Quillin corner. The Quillin corner had no backup plan, and Quillin was unable to make immediate adjustments to counter the storm once Jacobs instigated a power punch war. The result was perhaps the worst main event ever seen on USA Showtime and the worst main event at Barclays Center.


Styles make fights. The main point is when two styles are matched against each other, the result is not always what you would anticipate. For example, Jerry Quarry KO 1 Ernie Shavers. Ernie Shavers KO 1 Jimmy Ellis. However, Jimmy Ellis Win 15 Jerry Quarry.


The middleweight division has boiled down to Gennady Golovkin, Saul Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobs and the winner of Billy Jo Saunders versus Andy Lee on December 19, 2015, at Manchester Arena in Lancashire. The winner of Chris Eubank Jr. and Gary O’Sullivan at O2 Arena in London, and then Jorge Heiland, Dominic Wade, Arif Magomedov, Ryota Murata, Ievgen Khytrov, Maciej Suleki, Hugo Centeno Jr., Andrey Meryasev, Sergey Derevyanchenko, Kamil Szeremetev, Antoine Douglas, Alfonzo Branco, Matt Korobov and Rob Brant represent a whole new era and breed of young middleweights rising up.


Jacobs has set himself up for a super fight at either Barclays Center or the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, or a USA Showtime mandatory WBA world title defense. Which direction Al Haymon goes in, given this unexpected spectacular outcome, remains anybody’s guess.


Result: Daniel Jacobs TKO 1 Peter Quillin, Middleweights (1:25)

Jacobs retains the World Boxing Association World Middleweight Title

Referee: Harvey Dock


In the televised preliminary bout to the main event, southpaw Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar, 28-1, 21 knockouts, Buenos Aires, Argentina, retained the World Boxing Association World Featherweight title with a 12 round decision over challenger Jonathan Oquendo of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, 26-5, 16 knockouts. It was a quiet, technical war, which went life and death, as Cuellar dominated the middle rounds after losing the first round.  Oquendo was in the house, always pressing forward looking for opportunities he could not find. Cuellar, for his point, was disappointed in being unable to knockout the fleet footed Oquendo, who refused to remain in one place long enough for Cuellar to land any power shots, the successful strategy which enabled Oquendo to survive the distance and come back a bit near the bout’s end. Oquendo just lacked Cuellar’s punch count.


Cuellar scored a flash knockdown of Oquendo in the fourth round. Oquendo appeared to win the last two rounds as Cuellar opted to hold on for the victory. Cuellar’s victory amounted to winning at least eight rounds on punches thrown and landed by volume. Oquendo moved well, and had a good defense, but just could not match Cuellar’s output. The crowd booed the 12 round world title contest, probably because it had no interest in either fighter, with the bout going off on neutral territory. However, the bout was well fought and far more interesting than the Jacobs-Quillin main event, for those interested in the science of boxing. The television audience was probably impatient for the main event, losing the seriousness both of these fine fighters displayed trying to win.


Result: Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar Win 12 Jonathan Oquendo, Featherweights

Cuellar retains World Boxing Association World Middleweight title

Scoring: 120-107, 116-111, 116-111 Cuellar. Referee: Ricky Gonzalez


Barclays Center Untelevised Undercard Bouts


Referees: Eddie Claudio, Ricky Gonzalez, Danny Schiavone


Chris Algieri Win 10 Erick Bone, Welterweights (95-94, 97-92, 97-92)

Algieri outworked Bone. However eighth round knockdown of Bone was actually a trip.


Joe Smith Jr. Win 10, Will Rosinsky, Light Heavyweights (98-92, 97-93, 96-94)

Smith had height and reach advantage and outworked Rosinsky, who did not take chances.


Marcus Browne TKO 4 Francisco Sierra, Light Heavyweights (0:01, Doctor Stops Contest)

Browne landed big overhand right in first round which cut Sierra on left eye. Bad cut.


Heather Hardy Win 8 Noemi Bosques, Female Super Bantamweights (80-72, 79-73, 79-73)

Two minute rounds. Rematch of split decision won by Hardy. This bout was not as close.


Yuri Foreman Win 8 Lenwood Dozier, Super Welterweights (77-75, 77-75, 77-75)

Ex-WBA World Light Middleweight champion Foreman makes comeback after two years.


Luis Garcia TKO 1 Willie Williams, Cruiserweights (1:03)

12-0 Cuban prospect Garcia fought last minute substitute Williams. Bout didn’t last long.


Titus Williams Win 4 Emmanuel Castro, Super Featherweights (60-54, 60-53, 59-53)


Castro knocked down Williams in first, who looked done. Williams beat the count and knocked down Castro just before round one ended, and the Barclays crowd went wild.

Williams, the 2013 New York Daily News Golden Gloves champion, knocked down Castro again in the third round. Unanimous decision. Despite the scoring, it can be said Castro fought Williams hard and seriously tried to win. The ‘Fight of the Night’ at Barclays.


John Hernandez Win 4 Jack O’Grady, Super Lightweights (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)

Opening bout of card.  Rematch of December 2014 bout won by Hernandez by decision.


Jesus Cuellar Defends Featherweight Championship With Unanimous Decision Over Jonathan Oquendo in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Co-Feature

Catch The Replay This Monday At 10 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME


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BROOKLYN (Dec. 6, 2015) – WBA Middleweight World Champion Daniel Jacobs shocked undefeated challenger Peter Quillin with a first round TKO in the all-Brooklyn main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday in front of 8,443 fans at Barclays Center.

Brooklyn’s Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) won the “Battle For Brooklyn,” a matchup of top middleweights facing off in the prime of their career in their hometown.

One minute into the fight, Jacobs landed a straight right to Quillin’s temple and pounced with an onslaught of punches while his opponent was against the ropes. Quillin stumbled forward and referee Harvey Dock looked in Quillin’s eyes and halted the fight without the challenger ever touching the canvas.

After the fight, Dock told SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray that Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KOs) could not comprehend where he was and “was not able to continue.”

“I hope he’s okay,” Jacobs said. “I was patient and when I came with an uppercut I knew I hurt him and that’s when I went for the kill.

“I told him I love him. Me and Peter go back to the Golden Glove days. I respect him to death, but I knew this fight would be my night. There are no lucky shots in boxing. Obviously I caught him with a shot. Once I knew I had him hurt I kept going.

“I saw his eyes and it looked like his equilibrium was off. I’m not a referee, but if I was I probably would have still gave him another opportunity.”

The fight, which only lasted 1:25, begged the question of a potential rematch.

“I definitely would give him a rematch,” Jacobs continued. “I’m willing to fight him next if that’s what the fans want.”

Quillin seemed to disagree with the stoppage until watching the replay during his SHOWTIME post-fight interview.

“That’s right on the temple,” Quillin said. “In the moment you don’t know what happens until you see it in the replay.

“This is a time you sit with your family and figure out what you have to do. I have a lot of options, maybe a rematch is the best option.

“I can’t think of a better person to lose to than Danny Jacobs.”

Jesus Cuellar defended his WBA Featherweight World Championship with a unanimous decision over Jonathan Oquendo in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature.

Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) was the busier fighter from the outset, throwing nearly 1,000 punches in the 12-round championship fight, compared to just 637 for the challenger. Cuellar initiated the action and pressed forward, but his Puerto Rican opponent would not engage for most of the bout.

“We knew the fight would be difficult but we accomplished everything we wanted to during training camp,” Cuellar said. “The only thing that was left was the knockout, but because of the movement of his head it was impossible.

Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs), who was cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads in the fifth, was knocked down midway through the fourth. Replays showed that Oquendo tangled his feet with his southpaw opponent.

The win, which was scored 116-111 twice, 120-107, likely sets up a major fight at 126 pounds for the Argentine Cuellar in 2016.

“First we’re going to rest and then we’re going to determine what’s next,” Cuellar said.
“We’ll have two more fights at featherweight and then move up in weight. Hopefully we get Leo Santa Cruz next.”

After the fight, Oquendo acknowledged that he didn’t properly implement his game plan.

“I have to give credit to Cuellar. I never got to use my game plan and he fought a good fight and he’s a good champion,” Oquendo said. “I needed to start more aggressive but I started boxing. That was my mistake. The head butt made it hard for me to see as well.

“I have time to come back and get another world title opportunity. I am disappointed, but I will be back in the gym ready to get back to work soon.”

Long Island’s Chris Algieri defeated Erick Bone via 10-round unanimous decision (95-94, 97-92 twice) in a fast-paced, all-action fight the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME.

The back-and-forth fight featured plenty of in-fighting in the center of the ring. Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs), who landed 49 percent of his power shots, floored Bone (16-3, 8 KOs) with 20 seconds left in the eighth round. However, upon replay, the knockdown looked more like Bone’s foot became tangled with Algieri. The ninth-round featured non-stop action, with each fighter throwing over 100 punches, but it was clear that the Ecuadorian Bone was gassed and had little left in his punches as the fight neared the end.

“Erick said that he was going to have surprises, but I had a few of my own in there,” Algieri said. “I boxed a little bit and slugged more than I should have, but I was just having fun. He’s got a good punch, he’s an underestimated fighter and you could tell he was in great shape.

“This is big. Bone is a real tough guy and I felt in control. I thought the fight was mine the whole way. I wanted to get the knockout, but he was in great shape. I’m looking forward to big fights in 2016.”

In the opening bout on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME, Marcus Browne scored a fourth-round TKO over Francisco Sierra.

Browne (17-0, 13 KOs) thoroughly dominated the fight from the outset, landing an astronomical 64 percent of his power punches. The bout was halted after the third round upon request of ringside physician Dr. Barry Jordan due to significant swelling around Sierra’s (27-10-1, 24 KOs) left eye.

“I saw I cut him early, but I had to stay persistent and consistent,” said Browne, of Staten Island. “I had to work the jab and keep working it. I felt like I seized this opportunity to put my name out there.

“It is an honor to fight at Barclays Center for the 10th time. It was a nice stoppage – not necessarily the kind of stoppage that you want, but a stoppage is a stoppage.”

In non-televised undercard action, Long Island’s Joe Smith Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) earned a hard fought unanimous decision over Brooklyn firefighter Will Rosinsky (19-3, 10 KOs) in their 10-round light heavyweight bout. Both men exchanged power punches throughout the fight, but it was Smith’s reach advantage that allowed him to control the action. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Smith by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94.

Popular Brooklyn fighter Heather Hardy (15-0, 3 KOs) remained undefeated with an action-packed unanimous decision victory over Noemi Bosques (10-4-2, 2 KOs) in a rematch of their May fight won by Hardy. The judges’ totals for the eight-round super featherweight bout was 80-72 twice and 79-73.

Former super welterweight world champion Yuri Foreman (33-2, 9 KOs) had a successful return to the ring in his hometown as he defeated Lenwood Dozier (9-9-1, 4 KOs) 77-75 in the eyes of all three judges.

John Hernandez (6-1, 1 KO) shutout Jack Grady (0-2-1) over four rounds to win 40-36 on all three judges’ cards in their welterweight attraction. Cruiserweight Luis Garcia (13-0, 10 KOs) remained undefeated by knocking out Willie Williams (14-11-2, 4 KOs) 1:03 into the first round.

In a fight that saw both men hit the canvas in round one, Titus Williams (4-0, 2 KOs) recovered and cruised to a victory Emmanuel Castro (2-2, 2 KOs) by scores of 60-53, 60-54 and 59-54.

Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will re-air on Monday, Dec. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME while the SHOWTIME BOXING ON SHO EXTREME will re-air on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Both telecasts will be available On Demand beginning this Sunday.

Mauro Ranallo called the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING action with Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and former world champion Paulie Malignaggi commentating and Jim Gray reporting. In Spanish, Alejandro Luna called the blow-by-blow with former world champion Raul Marquez serving as color commentator. Barry Tompkins called the SHOWTIME EXTREME action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood serving as expert analyst.

The fight was promoted by DiBella Entertainment. The Algieri vs. Bone and Rosnisky vs. Smith Jr. fights were promoted in association with Star Boxing. The executive producer of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is David Dinkins Jr. with Bob Dunphy directing.


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